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A Snowshoeing Revival in Phoenicia

By Jeff Senterman, Regional Programs Manager and Catskills Program Coordinator Everyone knows that in winter, skiing and snowboarding reign supreme in the Catskills. But what about those people who like a slower pace and want to enjoy the outdoors in … Continue reading

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The Weekly Forced March

Getting kids to disconnect from technology and reconnect with nature. By Hank Osborn, East Hudson Program Coordinator Almost every weekend, year-round, my wife and I enjoy a good hike with our adolescent children. We love our local trails, the exercise, and … Continue reading

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New York-New Jersey Trail Conference: A Legacy of Advocacy

By Peter Dolan, New Jersey Program Coordinator When you think of the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Is it our maps and books, which thousands rely on to enjoy their weekend hikes? … Continue reading

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In Praise of the Crooked Path

By Sona Mason, West Hudson Program Coordinator –  may your trails be crooked, winding lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds. — Edward Abbey “You take the high road, I’ll … Continue reading

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Winter Hiking Gear – Remote Controlled Heated Insoles for Your Boots

ThermaCell ProFlex Heated Insoles  Review by Jeff Senterman, Regional Programs Manager and Catskills Program Coordinator This review was first published in the Winter 2015 print edition of Trail Walker. Have you ever hiked in the winter and wished your feet … Continue reading

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Winter Hiking Discussion on WIOX’s “All Things Local” with Trail Conference’s Catskills Staff

By Jeff Senterman, Senior Program Manager and Catskill Conservation Corps Director On January 13th at 6pm join the Trail Conference’s Catskills staff on air during WIOX’s “All Things Local!”  We’ll be discussing best practices of winter hiking & backpacking, winter safety & … Continue reading

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Coming Out a Winner in the No-Casino Stakes

By Sona Mason, West Hudson Program Coordinator “It’s better than a Christmas present.” That was a comment made by John Leigh—Trail Conference volunteer coordinator, Orange County resident, and Renaissance Faire enthusiast—upon  hearing the Gaming Commission’s announcement December 17 that no … Continue reading

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Reflecting on a Season of Appalachian Trail Building at Bear Mountain

By Caitlyn Ball, AmeriCorps member of the Bear Mountain Crew October 11th was the last day of the AmeriCorps members’ 2014 season with the Bear Mountain Trail Crew. We laughed, we cried, we danced, we cried, we hugged, we cried, … Continue reading

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Wish Fulfilled: A Last Hike on the Appalachian Trail at High Point

by Peter Dolan, New Jersey Program Coordinator and Keith Lyons, Hiker On July 28th, Keith Lyons contacted the Trail Conference office with a hiking request. On the surface, this request was similar to countless other calls we get throughout the … Continue reading

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Our Trail U Gets NJ Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award

We are very proud to announce that the Trail Conference was named winner of the 2014 New Jersey Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award in the Environmental Education (Educator-led) category for our Trail University program.  The award was presented by the New Jersey … Continue reading

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