NYNJTC Hosting Appalachian Trail Conservancy Conference

… via print version special section of March-April Trailwalker:

New York New Jersey Trail Conference will host the 36th Biennial Conference of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy July 13-20, 2007.

The conference and meetups for the many events will take place at our own home base of Ramapo College of New Jersey in Mahwah, NJ!

Trail events associated with the conference will occur on the Appalachian Trail itself, which runs thru Harriman State Park and other areas of northern New Jersey and the Hudson Valley, NY.

Members of Harriman Hikers are encouraged to participate in this very special happenning headed our way this coming summer.



The View From The Summit, From The Ramapough

…via Hudson Hikers


One our fellow hiking clubs, Hudson Hikers, (Ramapo Chapter of The Adirondack Mountain Club) recently published a newsletter to the internet that contains a poem, The View From The Summit, in which text contains some Harriman State Park landmarks we know well and hold dear to our own hearts:

(Quoting the first verse)

“Happy the Harriman hikers who take to the trail
Health in mind and body shall be theirs without fail
Away from Reeves Meadow hubbub up Rockland’s Seven Hills
And Old Red to Ramapo Torne with serpent lair and scramble spills
Pass by a Bear who must be Russian and a Pulpit without a priest
Pine Meadow Lake’s the spot for summer dip with luncheon feast
Peer at Diamond’s Sebago views and careen down Cascade of Slid
Plod Blue Disc to a Den where bad Claudius Smith once hid
Yet ahead greet Tom Jones to Stahahe of High Peak renown
Yonder cross Island Pond in winter if in Boston Mine you don’t drown”

Read the rest here (note: you will need Acrobat Reader (free)


Updated CDC Deer Tick and Lyme Disease Procedures

The Center For Disease Control (CDC) has posted a new link on their Lyme Disease Homepage:

Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) Guidelines for Treatment of Lyme Disease

The lingo is way medical and technical but makes for informative reading.

Threat of deer ticks and Lyme Disease should rarely keep anyone in good health from hiking. With proper vigilance tick bites can be avoided, the majority of deer ticks, tho the bite can be annoying and must be cared for to avoid infection, are not infected themselves with the bacteria that produces Lyme Disease and in the case of an infectious bite, with early treatment the risk of infection from Lyme Disease via a tick bite is negligible for healthy adults.

At the same time it is important to be aware that deer ticks and Lyme Disease do, in fact exist, care must be taken to minimize exposure and that if exposed, proper medical steps must be followed.


Appalachian Trail Conservancy Conference in July

New York – New Jersey Trail Conference (NYNJTC) will host the 36th Biennial Conference of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy at Ramapo College!

Read more in our blog

Just as we do each and every other week of the year, Harriman Hikers will be hiking Sunday, July 15th, however, we will likely meet up at an alternate location that Sunday. More details as how this might affect us we approach the week of the conference.

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