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 & prevention, crampon & ice axe techniques, food & nutrition planning, and much more! Please tune-in at 6pm (EST) on 1/13 by turning the local dial to WIOX 91.3FM or you can stream from anywhere on the globe at wioxradio.org.
Heather Rolland wears many hats in the Catskill hiking community. Second vice president of the Catskill 3500 Club, board member of the Catskill Mountain Club, and a member of the steering committee of the Catskill Park Coalition, Heather is employed by yet another player in the Catskill outdoors community: the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference. Heather has been a volunteer fire tower steward and continues to volunteer to maintain two sections of trail in the high peaks of the Catskills. She has completed hiking the Catskills 35 (hiking 35 peaks over 3500 feet in elevation) and the Winter 35 – repeating the 35 again during the winter season. After her first two rounds of the 35, Heather went on to repeat the entire list hiking all 35 again alone. Heather also holds the dubious honor of being one of the only people ever to complete the Catskill 35 wearing a ballgown. She is currently working on completing the CMC’s Catskills All Trails challenge, in which she must hike approximately 350 miles of trails. She is within 25 miles or so of achieving this goal.
Heather is certified in wilderness first aid, and is an avid winter hiker. In addition, she always hikes with at least a few canine companions (as many as five dogs at times), and has developed a set of guidelines for safe hiking for dogs as well as humans. Heather has done just about everything wrong at least once and has learned from her mistakes. She puts stewardship first in her approach to hiking, ever cognizant of the impact hiking has on the landscape, the wilderness, and the experience other hikers may have.
Jeff Senterman joined the Trail Conference in 2011, taking on the then-new position of program coordinator for the Catskill region; in 2013 Jeff was named Senior Program Coordinator, managing the Program Coordinator staff throughout New York and New Jersey and is also currently the Director of the Catskill Conservation Corps. In addition to bringing environmental planning and office management experience to his post, Jeff had a lifetime of experience as a Catskill trail volunteer under the tutelage of his father, longtime Catskills Trails Chair Pete Senterman.
Jeff has worked and lived throughout New England after growing up in the Catskills where he worked as a New York State Dept. of Environmental Conservation assistant forest ranger in Greene County in 1998 and 1999. Jeff is an avid hiker and outdoorsman who has spent a lot of time hiking in the Catskills, Adirondacks, and New England.
Radio Show Host: Nicole E. Day Gray of AgriForaging, Inc.