photo
Caption
What I’ve learned in three months of newbie hiking in some of my favorite Catskills haunts!
Genre
Published
Dec 01, 2020
06:07 AM

In search of higher ground

Fun and firetowers 4,000 ft. in the sky!
Fun and firetowers 4,000 ft. in the sky!

I’m not quite sure what I was thinking when I took this pic- sure it looks a tad dangerous, but I promise I was holding on! Those stairs were super sturdy and I actually love heights as long as it’s safe lol.

Climbing in general is amazing, but waterfall rappelling takes fun to a new level. Unlike the fear and adrenaline I associate with climbing, rappelling around a waterfall is downright peaceful- it’s like skiing vs. snow tubing...one is definitely more intense than the other!

Scoping out the first of many waterfalls to climb that day.
Scoping out the first of many waterfalls to climb that day.
My first rapell down ever- good thing I started with an easy height!
My first rapell down ever- good thing I started with an easy height!

Gotta thank my buddies over at Adventure Untamed and Mountain Skills for being my guides on these trips- true professionals who have worked with everyone from first timers to climbers with decades of experience. If you’re ever in the Catskills region check them out!

When trail friends become family

This amazing couple got over their fear of heights on this trip. Look how happy!
This amazing couple got over their fear of heights on this trip. Look how happy!
A little lost but still having fun!
A little lost but still having fun!
A view worth climbing for
A view worth climbing for

Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread.” – Edward Abbey

Dangerous roads ahead? Hold my beer.
Dangerous roads ahead? Hold my beer.

Safety first

All jokes aside, always be prepared and know your limits.

Ive seen my share of injuries on the trails. A fellow backpacker sprained her ankle just 3 miles short of reaching the summit just for trying a risky stunt on Mount Washington. A friend of mine who’s a pro climber broke both ankles when he lost his footing and didn’t have the proper gear in place. Many accidents are unavoidable due to Mother Nature and extreme conditions (like that time I slipped on rock during a hailstorm and sprained my wrist) but many slip-ups are from such small preventable errors. Always be sure to do your research before a trip- know what gear you’ll need, pack a first aid kit, speak to a guide, etc. It will make the experience so much better.

“Somewhere between the bottom of the climb and the summit is the answer to the mystery why we climb.” – Greg Child
“Somewhere between the bottom of the climb and the summit is the answer to the mystery why we climb.” – Greg Child
Magma Logo
Cover / 5
13 Likes, 41 Views