5 thoughts on “First Overnight: September 7 – 8, 2013

  1. Sounds like you had a nice adventure. I’m envious that you saw the two bears frolicking through the woods. I found the Catskills have many challenging hikes, some that are more scampers than hikes. You might want to go through your pack and trim the weight down a bit. Fifty pounds for a two day hike is quite a lot. My three day pack only weighs 40 lbs. Good luck with future adventures!

    1. Thanks for the comment Marty. It was definitely an adventure, a challenging one at that. As that was my first overnight I had more packed than I needed. I have learned since then and have cut down the weight. I still pack things I probably don’t need, but it is a learning process.

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  3. Scott – Thanks for directing me to your blog from my recent post on the FLT group. Having just read this post, along with your next overnight near Balsam Lake Mtn, I can honestly say I am laughing out loud. I too made myself an overly ambitious first overnight (actually did 2 nights) on my 3-day hike in the Catskills. Based on my experience on the FLT in central sections, I was totally blown away at the terrain and elevation climbs in the Catskills. But, as your comments make clear, I didn’t consider my hike a “bad” one. If anything it has motivated me to do more and now feel confident that, although much of it will be painful, I can do it. This section will be my next one, to the West of Alder Lake, so I am kind of dreading it! Thanks again for all your help.

    1. You’re welcome Sue, I hope it helps give you some info. The Catskills sections of the FLT are definitely rugged, but quite beautiful. I remember finding so many spectacular views and wonderful sights. As others have said, with the trail so changeable it does make it something of an adventure. It forces you to be more flexible and “think on your feet”. I personally enjoy the challenge and it is one of the things that has attracted me to the FLT. I could hike trails that are well documented and have been trod hundreds and thousands of times, but that’s really not that interesting to me.

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