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Campers' Group Bulletin - Winter 2018-2019   

It is the life of the crystal, the architect of the flake, the fire of the frost, the soul of the sunbeam. This crisp winter air is full of it. - John Burroughs

December 22-23, Backpacking trip, Wildcat Shelter on the Appalachian Trail, Warwick NY
This trip is for intermediate/experienced backpackers looking to try out a quick, overnight, winter trip.
Distance: 4 miles total (2 In / 2 Out)
Hike Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Wildcat Shelter is located on the Appalachian Trail in NY, and nestled within Sterling Forest State Park . It sits on a ridge at about 1,200 feet. The ridge has great views of Greenwood Lake (If you hike south from the shelter). The shelter is built from wood planks with a shingled roof. It sits on stilts to keep the sleeping area off the ground, like many of the other shelters on the Appalachian Trail. There is a bear box, spring (seasonal, parks have been VERY dry - bring your own water), and a privy located at the shelter as well.
There are plenty of tenting areas in the area below the shelter. Lots of flat land in a sort of valley-ish setting. This is a hammocker's dream site - hundreds of trees spread out for the taking.
We will meet at the parking area on NY Rte 17A at 1:30pm and should make it to the shelter around 2:30pm. Gather firewood, share trail stories, enjoy a late lunch or early dinner. Bring your cameras as we'll be hitting up Cat Rocks and maybe more views on this gorgeous trail.
We'll break camp around 10:00am Sunday morning.
You are 100% responsible for managing your own hydration. Please bring all your water in with you. We might luck out with a running spring or snow, but don't count on it.
Heavy rain cancels.
Recommended Sleeping Gear:
0 degree sleeping bag
Insulated sleeping pad(s) with a combined R value of 5 or higher
Visit here for helpful winter backpacking tips and techniques.

Emmanuel 973-255-8326
December 29-January 1, Holiday Weekend Trip, New Year's Weekend!, Tannersville NY
Join us for New Year's Eve Weekend in the Catskills! We'll be renting a quaint vintage home located only a few miles from downhill skiing at Hunter Mountain , down the road from cross-country skiing at Mountain Trails Cross Country Ski Center, and close to snowshoeing and hiking in this beautiful winter park.
Ring in the New Year with us in Campers' Group style! The decor in this home may not have been updated since grandma lived there, but it has a lot of charm! Enjoy the homey feel of this 5 bedroom-2 bath getaway on main street, with just a short walk to stores and restaurants. The house is listed on the National Register of Historical Places. There is a large living room with a fireplace and TV; full kitchen with all dishes, utensils, pots and pans needed, coffee maker, microwave, etc. There is also a sunroom with a futon, TV and gas fireplace; a deck, one bedroom with a queen-size bed. Upstairs, there are 3 bedrooms each with full and twin beds, and the fourth bedroom has a full bed. Bed linens and towels are provided, and there is a washer and dryer. Parking is available off street. Sorry, no children on this trip, adults only.
We plan to have a potluck dinner early Monday evening, New Year's Eve, but will discuss before the trip. Please state what you would like to bring when you RSVP. We will also discuss food and drink choices for the potluck.
After we receive your RSVP, a host will contact you to provide the house address, and other information if needed.
To reserve a spot, you may send a check for $145 made out to Campers' Group, to: Campers' Group, 48 S. High Street Mt. Vernon, NY 10550. Once the organizer or a trip leader is notified of receipt of your check, you will be added to the RSVP list. For immediate inclusion, it is recommended to pay $149 via PayPal on the meetup.com page for this trip.

Jennifer 917-202-8025 / Chris 917-658-0190
Sunday, January 6, Moderate day hike, Ramapo Valley Co. Reservation, Mahwah NJ
We will meet for a moderately strenuous hike in this popular county park. A steady pace will be maintained, and only short breaks will be taken! It is adjacent to Ringwood State Park, and popular with dog owners.
The hike will be approximately 5-6 hours, and 7.5-8.5 miles with moderate elevation gain of 1,033 feet. Some trails will be very rocky; please wear hiking boots with a traction device for ice and hard-packed snow. Dress in synthetic or wool layers (no cotton), pack a lunch, and/or energy snacks, and carry about 2 liters of water.
Dogs must be leashed to begin and end the hike. When we reach a more remote area, dog owners can choose to let their dog off leash, if the dog is well-behaved and does not cause any danger to itself or others. Please be aware of your dog's whereabouts at all times!
Dress in synthetic or wool layers, and bring lunch or energy snacks with about 2 liters of water. If it is icy, a traction device for the bottom of your boots, such as Microspikes (http://kahtoola.com/product/microspikes/), are highly recommended, or may even be required for safety.
Please RSVP on the Meetup page for this event.

Ken 201-388-3685
Sunday, January 13, Brunch & Planning Meeting, The Park Restaurant, Manhattan NY
This spacious, hip restaurant has nice selections, friendly staff, and a large garden dining area. Meet us at 12 pm, and we will enjoy a meal together before we discuss and decide on future trips. Afterward, perhaps we will stroll over to the nearby High Line Park, or another location. If you have joined us on one or more of our outings, we would greatly appreciate you helping us on a weekend or day event as a leader or co-leader. If it is your first time, don't worry, we will partner you with a more experienced member. We are a volunteer-run club that needs more of their members to participate as trip leaders. To notify the hosts, please RSVP on meetup.com.
Kirsten 914-548-5576 / Ken 201-388-3685
January 18-21, Vermont Skiing/Snowshoeing, Green Mountain House Hostel, Manchester Center VT
Join us in the beautiful Green Mountains of Vermont for this long holiday weekend! There will be downhill skiing at Bromley Mountain, cross-country skiing at Viking Nordic Center, snowshoeing, hiking, pot luck dinners, and much much more!
We'll be staying at the Green Mountain House Hostel in Manchester, Vermont, just 5 miles west of the Appalachian Trail and Long Trail. We will have the exclusive use of the hostel; it sleeps about 10 people, has comfortable twin beds and bunk beds w/ clean linens, blankets & pillows. Besides a total of eight beds, there is also one couch for sleeping, plus floor space upstairs if anyone wants to bring an air mattress. Towels, soap and shampoo are provided. We will also have the exclusive use of a fully equipped kitchen, with basic breakfast supplies provided for free. Wi-Fi access and a landline phone is available for free long-distance calls.
The parking is limited to about 6-7 cars on site. Carpooling is recommended. The hostel will work out additional parking when we arrive.
To reserve a spot, send a check for $85.50 made out to Campers' Group, to: Campers' Group, 48 S. High Street Mt. Vernon, NY 10550. Once the organizer or a trip leader is notified of receipt of your check, you will be added to the RSVP list. For immediate inclusion, pay $88.19 via PayPal on the meetup.com page for this trip.

Trudy 845-544-0446 / Michelle 845-325-4526
February 2-3, Cabin Trip, Thendara Mountain Club, Harriman State Park NY
Our friends at Thendara Mountain Club have invited us to stay overnight at their rustic cabin in Harriman State Park. The cabin (built 1929) has heat, electricity, a full kitchen, indoor men's and women's washrooms with hot showers, and unheated bathrooms about 50 ft from the lodge. There are seven bedrooms with 2-4 cots each (rooms are shared). The cabin has a big main room with fireplace, comfortable seating, eating table and screened in porch. The weekend includes Saturday night dinner, Sunday breakfast and a bag lunch. Meet us at the cabin on Saturday morning at 9:30am to join us on a hike (TBD). Depending on snowfall, we may instead snowshoe or even cross-country ski. We may also carpool to the trail head. Later in the afternoon we will return to camp for a relaxing and well deserved happy hour in front of the fire! Dinner will be provided by the Thendara host for this weekend. Breakfast and lunch will be available on Sunday. Diet restrictions can usually be accommodated - just be sure to tell the host when you RSVP. You need to bring a sleeping bag or sheet and pillowcase. There are wool blankets and pillows available. On Sunday, after we have breakfast and prepare our bag lunch, we may go out again starting at about 11am from the cabin. The total cost will be approximately $50, depending on what food the host brings to prepare. You must pay the balance in cash to the host during the weekend. This payment will cover meals and lodging for Saturday night (meals are Saturday happy hour and dinner, Sunday breakfast and lunch). YOU MUST RSVP AND SIGN UP FOR MEALS BY WEDNESDAY January 30th. You can take the train or bus to Sloatsburg and can either hike in, ride a bike up scenic Seven Lakes Drive, or we can arrange to have someone from camp with a car meet you at the station. Feel free to bring a spouse, date, friend and well behaved kids, but sorry, no pets.
To reserve a spot, send a check for $30 made out to Campers' Group, to: Campers' Group, 48 S. High Street Mt. Vernon, NY 10550. Once the organizer or a trip leader is notified of receipt of your check, you will be added to the RSVP list. For immediate inclusion, pay $31.23 via PayPal on the meetup.com page for this trip.

Kathy 973-600-4328 / Ken 201-388-3685
February 15-18, Cross-Country Skiing/Snowshoeing, New Paltz Youth Hostel/Minnewaska State Park, New Paltz NY
Join us for a 3-day weekend in New Paltz, NY. In nearby Minnewaska State Park, there are groomed cross-country ski and snowshoe trails with incredible vistas of the Shawangunk Ridge. If you don't know how to cross-country ski, we can show you the basics. We will stay at the New Paltz Hostel. We have reserved 3 private rooms with 12 beds. We also have 3 full baths just for our group, a private lounge, and a shared kitchen. The hostel check-in time starts on Friday at 4pm; check-out is 10am Monday. New Paltz is a college town with eateries, cafes and live music. You can rent cross-country skis and snow shoes in town.
Public transportation is also available. The hostel is on Main St. in New Paltz right next to a Trailways bus station.
To reserve a spot, send a check for $101.75 made out to Campers' Group, to: Campers' Group, 48 S. High Street Mt. Vernon, NY 10550. Once the organizer or a trip leader is notified of receipt of your check, you will be added to the RSVP list. For immediate inclusion, pay $105.00 via PayPal on the meetup.com page for this trip.

Ken 201-388-3685
March 15-18, Skiing/Snowshoeing, Garden State Ski Club, Pittsford VT
We have been invited to stay at the Garden State Ski Club's lodge in Pittsford Vermont. Less than a 4-hour drive from northern New Jersey, the Lodge is centrally located to take advantage of all that Vermont offers. The ski house is 18 miles from the Killington Ski Area, and 6 miles from Mountain Top Inn and Resort. Besides downhill and cross-country skiing, there may be snowshoeing, hiking, pot luck dinners - whatever the group decides.
The Lodge sleeps up to 24 people in comfortable rooms of 2, 3 or 4 beds with a private bath for each room. We have reserved 5 rooms. All rooms except one have their own outside entrance, with only two having an entrance inside the lodge. Room assignments will be given upon arrival. You must bring your own personal soap, towels, bathmat, bed linen and pillow case; they provide pillows and blankets. The towering stone fireplace will welcome you into the large living room with the modern kitchen just beyond. Basic breakfast food is provided, but you are welcome to bring all your own for all meals. French doors lead out to a large deck, overlooking the wooded property. The deck is the perfect place to watch for deer, cooking on the gas grill or search the magnificent starlit Vermont sky.
To reserve a spot, send a check for $95 made out to Campers' Group, to: Campers' Group, 48 S. High Street Mt. Vernon, NY 10550. Once the organizer or a trip leader is notified of receipt of your check, you will be added to the RSVP list. For immediate inclusion, pay $97.98 via PayPal on the meetup.com page for this trip.

Michele 201-787-6786 / Brian 973-615-1262



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