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Use the Progress Form to submit your peaks. The Hikers Anonymous™ system will keep track of your progress and our innovative reports will keep you on target.

Single Season 35'R

A Full Round in a Single Season

Climb the 35 Catskill High Peaks in a single season and earn a triangular embroidered patch. There's one for each season. Who's doing it?

Catskill 4 Seasons

140 Climbs At your own pace

Climb the 35 Catskill High Peaks in each of the 4 seasons. Take as long as you like. Who's done it?

Catskill 420 Grid

Some History and a list of Gridders

It was 1980 when Sam Steen and Richard Davis reached their goal. It was covered in the news and reported in the Canister. Who's done it since?

2021 Winter Peak Fest!

Welcome to the Hikers Anonymous™ 2021 Winter Peak Fest! running from Monday, December 21, 2020 through Sunday, March 21, 2021.

Happy Hikers' New Year! And so begins the 2021 Hiking Year!

Hike safe and smart with an early start. Stand together by staying apart.

Congratulations to the six Fall 2020 FOUR in a Row finishers and good luck to hikers with an active streak!

Record Your Peaks, Track Your Progress, and Happy Hiking!

New Peak Requirements Starting in Spring 2021

For the purpose of all milestones and patches offered and recognized by Hikers Anonymous™ a full round of the Catskill High Peaks shall consist of 35 peaks thus preserving continuity of the 140 climbs and 420 climbs which constitute the requirements for the Catskill High Peaks 4 Seasons and Catskill 420 Grid milestones.

Doubletop, the highest elevation trailless peak in the Catskills, remains on the list with an adjustment to the summit location as described below.

Roundtop, the sibling of Kaaterskill High Peak in the Kaaterskill Wild Forest, replaces Graham, which is no longer accessible to hikers.

Doubletop

Hikers are fortunate that Doubletop can be climbed from multiple approaches entirely on State Land with a small adjustment to the agreed upon location which represents the summit destination. The Catskill 3500 Club canister has been removed from its location near the actual summit (3,874') which is inaccessible on private land. Don't go there anymore as you are no longer welcome. Instead, hike to the south top (blue pin) of Doubletop where you'll find a State Land Wilderness Area sign at 42.02386, -74.52496, elevation 3,849'.

Additionally, as we update our various tally cards, sheets, forms and reports, we will continue to use Doubletop as the name of the peak. We see no reason to make up a new name for a slightly different location on the summit of a well known Catskill High Peak.

If you are interested in exploring this further, visiting the Doubletop page on peakbagger.com is a fine starting point.

Introducing Roundtop

More Majestic than Previously Thought

Two authoritative references were used to determine that Roundtop is the 36th tallest Catskill High Peak: Alan Via's book, The Catskill 67 and the 2018 New York-New Jersey Trail Conference Catskills Trails Map.

The Catskill 100 Highest Peak List in Via's book which lists the 102 highest peaks in the Catskills was used to identify the ten highest candidate peaks for consideration as a replacement for Graham. The Catskill 67 was published in 2012 before more accurate LIDAR based contours and summit elevations were available. The 2018 New York-New Jersey Trail Conference Catskill Trails Map, which contains the most accurate LIDAR based contours and summit elevations, was used to rerank the candidate peaks by elevation. The result is shown in the following table.

Peak Elevation Rank
Roundtop Mt.346536
Mill Brook Ridge346537
Dry Brook Ridge346438
Olderbark Mt.346339
Roundtop (Prattsville)345340
Woodpecker Ridge343541
Belleayre Mt.342442
Huntersfield Mt.342343
St. Anne's Peak342344
Stoppel Point342045

In addition to Roundtop being at the top of the list in terms of elevation, there are many additional reasons why we think it is the most worthy peak to replace Graham.

Here's a small excerpt from Alan Via's book, The Catskill 67, describing the wonders of Roundtop.

Unlike most of the trailless Catskill 100 peaks, Roundtop has a large rock cairn marking the obvious top. When the leaves are on the trees the views are mostly of the here-and-there variety; go from late autumn untile early spring for the best ones. Otherwise, look for the beautiful, grassy view point a couple of minutes from the summit. You won't be disappointed by the great views of the surrounding mountains. During the winter a few of the cliff bands are a bit more challenging, but the continual views through openings in the trees make the extra effort worth it.
Sounds like a winner!

Roundtop is accessible from multiple trailheads: Platte Clove, Gillespie Road and Palenville. It can be bushwhacked from all four compass directions. Myriad possibilites exist for an enriching hiking experience whether hiking Roundtop alone or with its sibling to the east, Kaaterskill High Peak. If you're looking for a challenging marathon hike, you could try the Kaaterskill Horseshoe, a six peak horseshoe shaped traverse around the peaks of Elka Park and Platte Clove, requiring only a short car shuttle.

The history associated with Roundtop and Kaaterskill High Peak is extensive. Thomas Cole of Catskill, NY found Kaaterskill High Peak and Roundtop to be worthy subjects of his Hudson River School paintings. These peaks were considered the tallest in the Catskills and were frequently visited and marvelled at during the era of the big hotels: the Catskill Mountain House, Hotel Kaaterskill and Laurel House. Look up the history of military usage of the area and search for the remains of the Tory Fort.

If you are interested in exploring Roundtop further, visiting the Roundtop page on peakbagger.com is a fine starting point. You'll find plenty of suggestions for great hike itineraries in the area at the Catskill Mountaineer website.

Goodbye Graham

Hikers are no longer welcome on the 5,457 acre parcel owned by Gould Properties LLLP which includes the entire summit of Graham Mountain and a portion of the summit of Doubletop Mountain.

Temporary Requirements for Winter 2021

Doubletop

Hike to the south top (blue pin) of Doubletop where you'll find a State Land Wilderness Area sign at 42.02386, -74.52496, elevation 3,849'.

Graham

Choose one of these three options to satisfy the Graham requirement for Winter 2021.

  1. 1) Hike to Roundtop (elevation 3,465' at 42.16842, -74.09462) and record it as a Graham climb.
  2. 2) Hike to Mill Brook Ridge (elevation 3,465') and record it as a Graham climb.
  3. 3) Hike to Doubletop a second time, record it as a Doubletop climb and email us to let us know to apply it to the Graham requirement.

These requirements apply to all milestones and patches offered and recognized by Hikers Anonymous™.

If you have questions or comments regarding our requirements email us. If you have questions regarding the requirements for membership in the Catskill 3500 Club email them.

Hiking Milestones and Patches


Catskill Single Season 35'R

Catskill Single Season 35'R

Single Season Winter 35'R Single Season Spring 35'R
Single Season Summer 35'R Single Season Fall 35'R

The Catskill Single Season 35'R patches are a series of four 3” by 1.5” triangular embroidered patches designed and produced by the Hikers Anonymous™ Arts and Crafts Department.

Hiker has climbed each of the 35 Catskill High Peaks in a single season.

The climbs have to be completed in a single season.

You can receive these patches for single season rounds completed in past years. In fact, we encourage you to do so!

Hikers earning multiple patches can arrange them in many creative ways, including a 3” square or a 6” x 3” pyramid.

Here's what you need to do:

  1. 1) Record your peaks and dates using the Progress Form as you hike throughout the season.
  2. 2) View your progress on the Track Your Progress page.
  3. 3) When you have completed the required climbs, email us. Let us know your mailing address, how many patches you'd like, and your final peak.
  4. 4) Make an online donation of three dollars for each patch.
  5. 5) Your accomplishment will be added to our Recent Milestones listing.

Having trouble? Email us and we'll try to assist you through the process.


Catskill High Peaks 4 Seasons

The Catskill High Peaks 4 Seasons patch is a 3” circular embroidered patch designed and produced by the Hikers Anonymous™ Arts and Crafts Department. We have been offering this patch to Catskill High Peaks hikers since 2017, no club membership required.

Hiker has climbed each of the 35 Catskill High Peaks in each of the 4 seasons.

Winter: December 21 through March 21
Spring: March 22 through June 21
Summer: June 22 through September 21
Fall: September 22 through December 20

The climbs do not have to be completed in the same year or consecutive years. There is no time limit.

Here's what you need to do:

  1. 1) Record your peaks and dates using the Progress Form as you hike throughout the season.
  2. 2) View your progress on the Track Your Progress page.
  3. 3) When you have completed the required climbs, email us. Let us know your mailing address, how many patches you'd like, and your final peak.
  4. 4) Make an online donation of three dollars for each patch.
  5. 5) Your accomplishment will be added to our Recent Milestones listing.

Having trouble? Email us and we'll try to assist you through the process.


History of the Catskill 420 Grid

        

As described in an article written by Edwina Henderson and appearing on page 23 of the June 1, 1980 issue of the Sunday Freeman, Richard Davis and Sam Steen set out to climb each of the mountains required for membership in the Catskill 3500 Club in each month of the year. At that time, there were 34 such mountains, and thus, they made 408 ascents to accomplish their goal. Also accomplishing this feat were Joan Dean, Angie Mahdavian, and Bill Riemvis. The order of their completion is not definitively known.

Additional information about the first known completion of the Catskill 408 Grid including a letter from Sam Steen and a mention in the THE PERIPATETIC PORCUPINE can be found in the Catskill 3500 Club Canister, Volume 13 (1980) from the Canister Archive. As stated in Sam's letter, "The final climb was witnessed by Bill Riemvis and Friedel Schunk; two stout-hearted observers who pretend to have no such aspirations for themselves", but as you can see from the list below, at least one of those observers, Bill Riemvis, seems to have changed his mind at some point.

In 1990, the Catskill 3500 Club added Southwest Hunter as the 35th required peak.

Hikers now make 420 ascents (35 X 12) to complete the Catskill 420 Grid.

Catskill 420 Gridders

No. Name / 3500 Club Numbers Completion
-Richard Davis #234 W76 May 17, 1980
-Sam Steen #92 W22 May 17, 1980
-Joan Dean #360 W135
-Angie Mahdavian #372 W121
-Bill Riemvis #171 W81
1Bob Consadine #646 W209 December 31, 2003
2Dave Galvin #1201 W461 January 16, 2005
3Connie Sciutto #1234 W460 January 20, 2005
December 2, 2008
June 2, 2019
4Harry Rampe #877 W321 March 23, 2005
5Alvin Buechele #1292 W454 October 10, 2006
6Ralph Ryndak #1186 W451 June 16, 2007
7Donna Wamsley #1333 W473 October 1, 2007
8Jim Bouton #1539 W614 November 16, 2008
December 8, 2013
December 9, 2018
9Julie Ebert #1450 W550 April 1, 2010
10Ellen Dwyer #1452 W611 July 4, 2010
11Mike Dwyer #1453 W610 July 4, 2010
July 18, 2018
12Edna Blanchfield #1245 W505 December 11, 2010
13Juanita Wilsey #1518 W657 December 1, 2011
14Moira Colangelo #1585 W664 February 21, 2012
15Patrick Colangelo #1586 W665 February 21, 2012
16Marguerite Munch-Weber #892 W336 February 25, 2012
17Jack Sexton #1437 W686 April 13, 2013
18George Dudar #1635 W651 September 7, 2013
19George Kugler #1782 W713 November 1, 2013
20Ron Cusmano #1574 W641 February 1, 2015
21Rick Taylor #841 W299 July 12, 2015
July 8, 2018
22Steve Emanuel #1940 W773 August 9, 2015
August 19, 2018
23Mike Siudy #1728 W695 August 24, 2016
24Laurie Rankin #1337 W531 November 18, 2016
31Charlie Lutomski #786 W629 December 8, 2016
25Wae Dany Davis #2000 W904 October 1, 2017
26Linda VanSteenburg #2274 W968 October 7, 2017
-Douglas Garrity #1757 W701 October 14, 2017
27Valerie Schaff #2168 W905 November 18, 2017
28Marv Freedman #2242 W951 March 17, 2018
29Rob Stewart #2186 W1036 March 25, 2018
30Ted Shemella #1550 W789 May 5, 2018
33Laura Sanford #2449 W989 July 8, 2018
32Tom Martone #2454 W1010 July 8, 2018
September 7, 2019
-Kenneth Posner #2573 W1108 December 22, 2018
-Terri Baker #1955 W888 September 7, 2019
-Scott Baker #1956 W889 September 7, 2019
-John Fellows #2153 W882 November 23, 2019
-John Barringer #2178 W990 November 23, 2019
-Tonda Highley #1944 W857 December 13, 2019
-Andy VanderPoel #2154 W881 December 28, 2019
-Joe Ferri #2223 W945 March 18, 2020
-Tim Bender #2879 W1180 May 14, 2020
-Margaret McGrath #2009 W939 August 23, 2020
-Peter Manning #1281 W834 August 23, 2020
-Tom deHaan #747October 25, 2020

We strive to maintain the most complete, acurate and timely listing of Catskill 420 Gridders. If you have any additions or corrections, please let us know.