Welcome to my site, dedicated to hiking in the beautiful Ramapo Mountains and Highlands region in northern New Jersey and southern New York. Our local mountains offer a variety of hiking experiences, from old carriage paths and woods roads to rugged, rocky footpaths. Remnants of the area's rich history abound, as do views of lakes, waterfalls and panoramic ridge-top vistas. Whether you join a guided group hike or explore on your own, I hope you enjoy the experience!
News & Notes
- Don't miss the Banff Mountain Film Festival! A collection of short films about oudoor adventure sports, mountain culture and the environment. Tues, Feb 26 and Wed, Feb 28 at 7:00pm at the wonderful old Lafayette Theater in Suffern, NY. - Tips about hiking in winter! - Don't let concern about ticks and Lyme disease stop you from enjoying the hiking experience. Get the facts - Be prepared! Take a Wilderness First Aid class; given by AMC/WMS, NOLS, SOLO. - Get the latest hiking maps from the NY-NY Trail Conference; on coated paper and via apps for Apple/Android,
What to Bring For my group hikes & other group/guided hikes (under 4 hrs) - WATER! Up to 1 liter/qt per hour recommended; also electrolyte drink - Food: trail mix/salty snack, protein/energy bar, nuts, fruit - Backpack or fanny pack - ID, emergency contact, list of medications & allergies
Other Suggestions (longer hikes or when hiking without a guide) - Extra food and water - Trail map, guide book, compass, GPS - First aid kit (include mandatory medications) - Bug spray - apply to skin, spray on clothes, boots, hat - Sunscreen, sunglasses, lip balm - Cell phone, whistle, mirror, flashlight, lighter/matches/firestarter - Camera, binoculars, multi-tool - TP, tissues/napkins, moist towelettes, hefty bag, bright bandanna
What to Wear - Dress in layers - moisture-wicking shirt for base layer (not cotton); long pants tucked in to socks (to prevent ticks) - As needed - windbreaker/jacket/rain poncho, hat, gloves - Hiking boots or trail shoes with good tread (no sneakers) - Hiking socks to control moisture, prevent blisters, protective cushion
Don't Get Lost! Read this article about lost hikers andthis one about trail markers - and always tell someone where you plan to hike!
Where to Hike - Informationand links to area state parks with great hiking trails.
Volunteer - Create, Protect & Preserve
Have fun, meet new people - get involved! -The New Weis Center (Ringwood) has opportunities to assist with environmental initiatives, outdoor recreation programs and special events - NY-NJ Trail Conference has a wide range ofvolunteer options; from trail building and maintenance, to office assistant, to websites! - NY-NoJ Chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club has many options, including trail maintenance, hike/trip leader, committees, and more. - Help preserve the hiking experience by considering environmental impact (land conservation, pollution, development) when voting; sign up for Sierra Club 'Action Alerts' which make it easy to know the issues and lend your voice.
A Little About Me...
I'm an experienced local hiking guide, leading group hikes and providing classroom instruction through the Emerson, New Jersey Adult Community School since 2004. I'm First Aid & CPR certified, and a member of the NY-NJ Trail Conference, Appalachian Mountain Club and American Hiking Society. I'm also committed to local environmental causes, and serve on the Ringwood, NJ Environmental Commission and Green Team. For more info, send me a question or comment. -- Anne
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