Just two hours north of New York City, the Catskill Mountains and are a wonderful escape from the city—especially in the winter! This past weekend, Rob and I completed two more peaks—Indian Head and Twin—as part of our Catskills 3500 winter patch effort. We did this in just 15-degree weather with lots of strong, freezing wind, but the most surprising challenge is to stay cool, and avoid getting too hot and sweaty! With wool layers climbing uphill, it’s easy to overheat.
I love hiking in all four seasons, and while winter hiking requires the most preparation and gear, it is also the most magical. Not only is hiking a great workout, it’s a perfect way to spend time with loved ones or those close to you. There is a special magic to the crunch of snowy trails and the solitude of the woods in winter.