Saturday, December 8, 2012

Hudson Highlands Holiday Hike - December 16th

It’s time to get some last minute exercise before the really serious Holiday festivities. Come join your fellow Section mates for a day of hiking in the Hudson Highlands followed by some Yuletide cheer.
The Gathering Place: Drivers and Train Riders will all meet at 9AM at the Breakneck Parking Area, on the West Side of 9D, just north of the tunnel, about 2 miles north of Cold Spring. The parking area is a short walk from the Breakneck Flag Stop where Metro North riders will debark. The Metro North Hudson Line Train to Beacon, with the Breakneck flag stop (on request), departs at 7:50 AM from Grand Central.
 
The Hikes: Two are planned in the same area: One hard.: The Breakneck Direct; Up the slabs, great views but some exposure. One easy: The Wilkinson Trail with a return via Sugarloaf. Vic Benes will lead the fit up the Direct. Phil Erard will lead the couch potatoes on the easier one. Since it gets dark early, we hope to finish by 3:30/4:00 PM and head to the Galligans.
 
The Aftermath: After the hikes, we will form a convoy of cars to the Galligan estate in Cold Spring for some wine, cheese and other delectables, arranged by our genial hosts, Chris & Mim Galligan. If you miss the hike or the convoy, you are still welcome.
The Cost: A highly subsidized $15 per person, members and guests. Bring cash or check, but please RSVP so we can get a proper head count.
Fine Print: The Group size will be limited to the first 20 who sign up. So please email your RSVP asap to Phil Erard as soon as possible. The hike(s) go regardless of rain, sleet, snow, etc etc . (The hikes are really an excuse for the party).

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