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Westkill | 12/1/2012 | Final High Peak

New postPosted: Sat Dec 08, 2012 1:52 am
by TrunksWD
I finished my last Catskills high peak with Westkill. A couple of buddies came with me to celebrate. They finished the Catskill 3500 in April. It was a nice cold day with about 3 or 4 inches of snow most of the way up. I heard the Catskills were a mess the following day because everything melted. We ran into a couple of groups of hikers on the way up, as well as a couple hunters. Next on my list is the Catskill winter badge and the Adirondack 46.

By the parking lot.
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The bridge is still out, but the water was low enough that the crossing was easy.
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Steep section on the way up.
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Snow was beautiful!
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Cave just below 3,500' Sign
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I made it to the top. Officially done with the Catskill 3500. We actually walked by the top because the sign was missing.
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Re: Westkill | 12/1/2012 | Final High Peak

New postPosted: Sat Dec 08, 2012 11:15 pm
by Birdman
Congratulations !!

Re: Westkill | 12/1/2012 | Final High Peak

New postPosted: Sun Dec 09, 2012 3:03 pm
by Sam
Nice! Congrats! Did you walk past the summit and down to "Buck Ridge Lookout"?

Re: Westkill | 12/1/2012 | Final High Peak

New postPosted: Sun Dec 09, 2012 6:14 pm
by TrunksWD
Sam wrote:Nice! Congrats! Did you walk past the summit and down to "Buck Ridge Lookout"?


I'm pretty sure the Lookout is before the summit.

Re: Westkill | 12/1/2012 | Final High Peak

New postPosted: Sun Dec 09, 2012 8:51 pm
by Sam
Right. You used the approach from Diamond Notch. In any event just curious. That is an awesome place, "Buck Ridge Lookout" that is.

Re: Westkill | 12/1/2012 | Final High Peak

New postPosted: Sun Dec 09, 2012 9:52 pm
by TrunksWD
It was extremely foggy and you couldn't see more than 50 feet from the lookout. I've heard how great of a view it is, but I was unlucky. I'll definitely get up there again.

Re: Westkill | 12/1/2012 | Final High Peak

New postPosted: Sun Dec 09, 2012 10:16 pm
by Sam
Yes, definitely worthy of a return trip!

Re: Westkill | 12/1/2012 | Final High Peak

New postPosted: Sun Dec 09, 2012 10:31 pm
by TrunksWD
I'm going to be working on my Winter Badge, so I'll definitely get to it again during the winter, plus I hope to hike the Devil's Path over two days sometime next year.

Re: Westkill | 12/1/2012 | Final High Peak

New postPosted: Sun Dec 09, 2012 10:32 pm
by mike
Congratulations! Yes, you want to return for the Lookout. It has a fabulous view!

Re: Westkill | 12/1/2012 | Final High Peak

New postPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2012 10:27 pm
by Jon
Good job Trunks! Congrats man sorry I haven't kept track been kinda distracted by school lately O.o