The Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) has published its newest title, “The Catskill 67: A Hiker’s Guide to the Catskill 100 Highest Peaks under 3500’.” Written by veteran hiker Alan Via and edited by Times Union journalist and hiker Fred LeBrun, the guide focuses on a previously overlooked group of mountains: the 67 Catskill peaks within the treasured “100 Highest” that are under 3,500 feet in elevation.
The new guide describes routes to the summits — trails, woods roads or bushwhacks — of each of these lesser known peaks, includes numerous four-color images, and provides GPS coordinates for trailheads and difficult road intersections. Peaks are rated for view, interest and difficulty.
The guide also includes nine regional maps and a separate large-format map of the Catskill 100 Highest. The latter, printed in full color, shows how the regional maps appear together and offers a broader, more detailed overview of the Catskills. “The Catskill 67” is also a perfect companion to the recently published ADK/National Geographic Trails Illustrated Map of the Catskills.
Appendices detail bushwhacking basics and tandem peaks. A final appendix, Via’s “Subjective Look at the Peaks,” will delight listers with its inclusion of such entries as “Most Challenging” (among them, Little Rocky and Olderbark, both cliffs), “Best Names” (Barkaboom, Sleeping Lion), and “Scrappiest” (South Bearpen, Churchill).
Via, who resides in Slingerlands, has been drawn to mountain peaks for most of his life, mainly in the Northeast, but also in the West, including the Canadian Rockies. A member of the Catskill 3500 Club, as well as an Adirondack 46er and a New England 111er, Via’s name is also prominent on a number of other highest peaks lists. A native of Utica, he graduated from Utica College of Syracuse University and attended graduate school at the University at Albany. He has been employed as an underwriter and marketing representative for 40 years, first with Aetna Life and Casualty and then with Utica National Insurance.
LeBrun, a professional journalist for 44 years with the Hearst Corp., has also been an Albany Times Union metro columnist for 25 years, frequently writing about the outdoors and environmental issues. He is a graduate of the University at Albany and has been a teacher of journalism there for 23 years. A native of Manhattan, he now lives in the Rensselaer County village of West Sand Lake.
“The Catskill 67” is 192 pages, 6″ x 9″, and includes over 60 photographs and a dozen map and nature illustrations. It is available in softcover for $21.95 at book and outdoor supply stores, at ADK stores in Lake George and Lake Placid, through mail order by calling (800) 395-8080 (Monday through Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.), or online at www.adk.org.
The Adirondack Mountain Club, founded in 1922, is the oldest and largest organization dedicated to the protection of the New York’s Adirondack and Catskill forest preserves. ADK is a nonprofit, membership organization that protects the forest preserve, state parks and other wild lands and waters through conservation and advocacy, environmental education and responsible recreation. For more information about ADK, visit our website at www.adk.org.