Route: Catskill High Peaks (NY)

New York, US
101.6 mi

The Catskill High Peaks are 35 summits that meet the following criteria:

* Over 3500'

* Separated by at least 0.5 miles

* At least a 250' drop between the peak and any other peak on the list

The highest is Slide Mtn, at 4180'.

The challenge, as set forward by "Cave Dog" Ted Keizer, is to climb them all in "one continuous footpath" (i.e., no vehicular transport between trailheads - essentially a thru hike of the 35 High Peaks).

Mike Siudy gave the following additional information:  This route traverses over the 35 summits over 3500 feet in the Catskill Mountains. It is approximately 140 miles long with around 38,500 of ascent. There is about 80 miles of rugged trail, 40 miles of off trail bushwhacking requiring near constant navigation, and 20 miles of pavement to connect the peaks.

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Barring extremely bad weather, I Larsen Tormey will be attempting an unsupported hike of the Catskill 35ers. This route is known as the Catskill Direttissima. The time to beat for the unsupported effort was set by a two-person team; Cory D and Jan Wellford. That time was 4 days, 13 hours, 5 minutes, which was set in May of 2011. So the last completion of this route in an unsupported manner was over 9 years ago. I am aiming for a time of 3 days and 12 hours (84 hours). I will provide a link to tracking through a Garmin inreach, in addition, I will be recording on strava. Fingers crossed! This attempt is planned to start next Friday the morning of October 16th, 2020 and wrap up midday Monday, October 19th. 

This will be a trailhead to trailhead attempt, as set forth by Mike Siudy in his supported attempt.