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NY Firetower Challenge: Hike 5 Fire Towers in the Catskills in 1 day

  • Jun 28, 2014 · 8:00 AM
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The Adirondack Mountain Club has a patch program for all 5 of the Catskills plus 23 firetowers in the Adirondacks. In the spirit of other "hike-several-mountains-in-a-day" programs, presenting HVH's 1st ever

5 Catskills firetowers in 1 Day Challenge!!

The 5 Towers in the Catskills are

Red Hill: 2.8 miles round trip, 900' vertical

Balsam Lake: 6.8 miles round trip, 1200' vertical (from Mill Brook PA)

Hunter: 4.4 miles round trip, 2200' vertical (via Becker Hollow)

Tremper: 6 miles round trip, 2000' vertical

Overlook: 5 miles round trip, 1400' vertical

Total hiking distance: 25 miles Total elevation gain: 7,700 ft. Total driving time (in-between towers): 2 hrs, 45 minutes Total driving distance (in-between towers): 97.2 miles

(we'll post more details as the date approaches)

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The Catskill Fire Tower Passport Program

Earn a Catskill Fire Towers Badge! Hike one (or more) of the Catskills' fire towers between May 10 and October 13, 2014, then log your hike on a Morgan Outdoors Fire Tower Passport, available at Morgan Outdoors in Livingston Manor at 46 Main Street or download it here right now.

Turn in your passport at Morgan Outdoors by October 13th and collect your badge. You'll also be entered in a drawing to win prizes, including handy pair of Nikon Travelite Binoculars.

The Catskill Fire Tower Passport Program is sponsored by Morgan Outdoors and the Watershed Post with support from the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference.

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This hike is part of a ADK Club Firetower Challenge series. We will hike firetowers in the Adirondacks following this hike :)

Regarding the ADK Club Firetower Challenge:

• you must complete 18/23 Adirondack firetowers

• you must complete 5/5 Catskill firetowers

• you are NOT required to actually CLIMB the firetowers

• record the dates of your visits, impressions etc on this form

http://www.adk-gfs.org/Documents/fire_tower_brochure.pdf

• mail it in with a check of $3 to receive your patch!!


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NOTE: You are responsible for bringing appropriate gear, supplies, clothing, first aid, and lights. You should review topographic maps and trail features carefully; understanding topography of any hike is key to your knowing where you are, where you're going, and how to get back. See suggestions for GEAR on the "About" page for additional gear ideas. You agree when you sign up for this group or any of the events that you have read and understand the below. If you join us for a hike (or any other event), please understand that you are responsible for your own preparedness and well-being and will hold no one else liable in case of injury or mishap. You agree not to hold the Organizer, Assistant Organizers, or any other members responsible for any injuries, mishaps, or any other situation that may happen at a planned event. You are responsible to research the event, know the area, and bring the proper gear. Your attendance on a hike signifies that you have read and accept the terms of this liability waiver. Full waiver can be found on the ABOUT page.



 

 

 

 

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  • Jason P.

    Thanks Dorothy for setting this up. I really enjoyed meeting you and the challenge of hiking 5 towers in one day. Towards the end my body was hating me but I was telling it to shut up and keep going. Lol. If it wasn't for the fact that it was getting dark I totally would have made all 5. But for this only being my 4th meetup with this group, I'd say 4 out of 5 towers in one day ain't bad. Can't wait to see you all again.

    2 · June 29, 2014

    • Jason P.

      Just tell me when and where. :-)

      June 30, 2014

    • Megumi

      LOL Jason, I mean, the DP next for you (although I will try it at some point)!

      July 2, 2014

  • kathy f.

    That was awesome! And we were so well spaced out that even tho we weren't all together we still saw each other throughout the day. 5 towers, just awesome.

    2 · June 29, 2014

    • Megumi

      I agree; it was great seeing (almost) everyone every time we were going up or down a mountain!

      June 29, 2014

    • Keith

      Yeah - that was fun . . .

      June 29, 2014

  • Keith

    Tip of the hat to Dorothy for scheduling this hike - I loved the concept when I first saw this posted and loved doing the hike itself even more. Navigating between so many trailheads in a day to hike up mountain after mountain and find those firetowers was like an especially physically challenging scavenger hunt. The weather was simply perfect; seeing you all was, as always, a treat; the hike itself was challenging and rewarding; the 360 degree views from all 5 firetowers were gorgeous (and seeing all 5 of those views in a single day was especially cool); and I finally got myself up to Red Hill's summit, bringing me one step closer to completing the firetower challenge. Superb day . . . hopefully HVH will do this again.

    1 · June 29, 2014

  • Megumi

    What a great day. Thanks for the event, Dorothy; I would never done something like it otherwise. And special thanks to Keith and Tonya for the awesome drinks, fine company and sparkling conversations.

    If anyone didn't get their fill of fire towers yesterday, I am leading a hike up Mt. Beacon this afternoon. :-p

    1 · June 29, 2014

    • Tonya

      Thank YOU for the lift and the place to crash! I am almost hiker trash now!

      1 · June 29, 2014

    • Megumi

      Almost? Sorry Tonya, staying at my place certifies you as veritable hiker trash.

      1 · June 29, 2014

  • Megumi

    What kind of foods are people bringing tomorrow?

    June 27, 2014

    • Richard

      Im thinking 2 beers per tower... :-P

      2 · June 27, 2014

    • Eric O.

      What happened to you yesterday? We all thought you'd be waiting for us at Overlook with an open cabin and beer. That was the thought that got me up overlook anyway.

      June 29, 2014

  • Eric O.

    That was awesome! I think I'm going to be on a natural high all week.

    2 · June 29, 2014

  • Heather

    Hey all! Hope everyone made it home ok. Dorothy, thanks for organizing. Sorry i had to bail early, but the Reverend Horton Heat was calling.

    June 29, 2014

  • Evan

    Dorothy, Thanks for leading an innovating and fun event! It was great to meet new people and see old friends again.

    1 · June 29, 2014

  • Heather

    Tonya, keith and i are gonna start around 7.

    June 27, 2014

    • Chris D.

      Kathy and I will try to meet you guys.

      June 27, 2014

  • Dorothy

    so the order is Red Hill->Balsam Lake->Hunter.. then we can get lunch @ Brios.. then finish Tremper->Overlook

    June 27, 2014

    • Jason P.

      I've never done anything like this before. Didn't realize just how long this was going to be. I'm still in and going to give it my best shot to complete. Any advice as to what I should bring? Thanks.

      June 27, 2014

    • Megumi

      It looks like it will be around lunch time after Balsam Lake on the way to Hunter. We will be driving by Brios right about then. ;-)

      June 27, 2014

  • Keith

    Coordinates for the 5 firetower trailheads:

    Red Hill (Old Dinch Rd.): [masked], [masked]

    Balsam Lake (Mill Brook Rd.):[masked], [masked]

    Hunter (Becker Hollow on RT. 214):[masked], [masked]

    Tremper (Mt. Tremper-Phoenecia Rd. a.k.a. Rt. 40):[masked], [masked]

    Overlook (Macdaniel Rd. & Meads Mountain Rd.):[masked], [masked]

    June 26, 2014

    • Megumi

      I'm already exhausted from looking up the drive from Red Hill to Balsam Lake.

      June 27, 2014

    • Megumi

      Thanks for the coordinates, by the way!

      June 27, 2014

  • ponzy

    Hi guys, i hope you guys would still do this sometime in aug or sept. Sounds like fun and pain at the same time :)

    June 27, 2014

  • Keith

    What if I only want to do 4 1/2 fire towers in a single day? Is there a bail out on the 5th fire tower?

    March 20, 2014

    • Keith

      I have to do all five? You got pizza at the halfway point of the DP! So not fair . . . heh

      1 · June 26, 2014

    • George

      That was the best pizza ever!!!! I will return the favor one day (not this weekend). LOL

      June 27, 2014

  • Tonya

    Is there anyone planning on finishing the hike who can drop me at a nyc-bound train station afterward?

    June 22, 2014

    • Eric O.

      Sure not a problem. Message me if you need a ride there too.

      June 27, 2014

    • CiCi

      How about 1 more eric?

      June 27, 2014

  • Kate

    Is anyone driving from NYC?

    June 26, 2014

    • Susan S

      Also looking for a ride from NYC. Kayt I don't really drive but if you want to rent a car I'll pitch in!

      June 27, 2014

    • CiCi

      Me too

      June 27, 2014

  • CiCi

    I'm looking for a ride from NYC also :)...thanks in advance to anyone who can assist

    June 27, 2014

  • Megumi

    Oh crap, I'm in. :)

    2 · June 26, 2014

  • Keith

    Are we going up Hunter via the Becker Hollow trail? Looks like it, but I just want to confirm . . .

    June 22, 2014

  • Jason P.

    What are the chances of a spot opening and us on the waitlist getting in? I only ask because if I do get in then I will have to make arrangements with a sitter for my baby. Thanks.

    June 21, 2014

  • Tonya

    Yey! I hope Heather can join!

    June 17, 2014

  • jim w.

    Only 18 of the ADK towers need to be climbed for the patch

    1 · March 20, 2014

    • George G.

      Only the true hikers complete all of the firetowers before submitting for their patch ;) (Hint: I did all of them, lol)

      1 · March 20, 2014

    • jim w.

      That is true

      March 21, 2014

  • George G.

    Think I remember suggesting this hike somewhere at some point.

    1 · March 19, 2014

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  • Dorothy
    Pancake Princess, 35er, 46er, Catskill All-Trails, 550+ events, Co-Organizer,
    Event Host
  • Heather
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  • Megumi
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  • kathy f.
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  • Chris D.
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  • Michael T.
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  • Keith
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  • Tonya
    Mountain Dew, W35er, 100+ events, 20+ miler
  • Eric O.
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  • Evan
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