Climbing Slide: A Family Hike in the Catskills
Michael W. Duttweiler
Some family experiences stand out from all others. For our family, the sunny fall day in 1990 that we finally climbed Slide Mountain, the highest peak in the Catskills, was among a select few.This short photo essay describes that day and our travails along the way, Each section is accompanied by an excerpt from "The Heart of the Southern Catskills" written by John Burroughs describing his first ascent of Slide Mountain 100 years earlier in 1888. Hopefully, the essay conveys how a typical outing became an anchor memory for our family and encourages you to inventory and capture your own defining family adventures..
The author is a career-long adult educator with long-standing interest in the Catskill Mountains. He was raised in Jeffersonville, Sullivan County, New York and lived there through his undergraduate years. He is a graduate of Cornell University holding bachelor’s and master's degrees in natural resources and a doctorate in education. Now retired, he lives with his family in Ithaca, New York.
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