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    dirtbag
    BPL Member

    @dirtbaghiker

    Companion forum thread to: The DEVILS PATH Thruhike, Catskills NY

      Just completed the 24 mile thruhike of the Notorious, Brutal Devils Path in the Catskills NY. This is one rugged tough hike. It is approximatel

    #3721720
    JCH
    BPL Member

    @pastyj-2-2

    Three buddies and I did a 2 day/1 night section of the eastern end of this trail in April 2013…up Pecoy Notch trail then east over Twin and Indian Head mountains. It kicked all our butts like nobody’s business and I’m pretty sure that is the easy part of the trail.  I can’t imagine doing the entire 24 mi. in 2 days.  I might consider it over 5 days/4 nights.  This trail was designed by the Marquis de Sade.  Plus, I’m not the man I used to be.

    #3721736
    Monte Masterson
    BPL Member

    @septimius

    Locale: Changes Often

    Nice video dirtbag, I like the music. The beginning reminded me of The Doors tune “The End” at the start of Apocalypse Now. Looks like an EXTREMELY rugged trail. I could never do one like that nowadays with my knee the way it is, but I sure wish I could. I believe a lot of people don’t realize just how beautiful New York can really be.

    #3721741
    dirtbag
    BPL Member

    @dirtbaghiker

    Thank you JHC and Monte!! Yes it is insanely tough hike over short mileage.  New York has its beauty, though I will admit, on this trail I was hard to find the beauty in it as I was so beat down. My mistake was day 1, I was going on only 3 hours of sleep!!  That really hit me hard as we climbed Plateau Mountain.. then across and down.. Where we stopped for dinner and rest.. Then had to climb Hunter Mountain before we made camp.  It was definitely a challenge physically as well as mentally.

    #3721750
    Kevin Babione
    BPL Member

    @kbabione

    Locale: Pennsylvania

    Thanks again for posting – You were able to capture some of the insanity of the climbs and the pinches through the rocks.  At least the name describes the trail well!

    No tarp(s) over your hammocks?  When I take my daughter we both sleep in hammocks and we share one tree (usually the foot end) but leave enough room to put up our tarps if needed.  Were you sure enough of the weather to not put a tarp up or did you have one big enough to cover both of you if it rained?  It seemed that your hammocks were too close together to each have a tarp.

    Also – I’m really impressed that you got home late last night and posted your trip this morning!

    #3721751
    dirtbag
    BPL Member

    @dirtbaghiker

    Lol @ Kevin. No tarps needed. We were so tired anyway. Little to no chance of rain, we were almost positive and trusted the weather report we had. The Catskills though can change in an instant! We took a gamble that if we had to wake up and hang/ pitch tarp we would. Yes, even though we use snake skin.. We were that shot.. Didn’t even hang em. Probably would have been tight to pitch, but we have done it in past that close.

    Yes, I had off work today so I was up late last night and this morning editing to post.

    #3721757
    JCH
    BPL Member

    @pastyj-2-2

    Damn…Dirtbag be dedicated! :)

    #3721793
    Brett A
    BPL Member

    @bulldogd

    That looked awesome!  I’m having a tough time embracing the fact that Father Time is catching up with me and I envy you for knocking that off in two days.  Looked challenging!  Seems JCH and I are running the same speed these days.

    How did you like the All American Burger Works?  Been meaning to throw something different into the mix besides the standard MH fare and was considering that one.

    #3721801
    dirtbag
    BPL Member

    @dirtbaghiker

    Thanks @ Brett A.

    The All American Burger Works is probably one of our FAVORITE dinners!! We bring a large wrap each and an extra pack of ketchup/mayo. ( it comes with ketchup mayo and relish packs) . At end of day after long hike.. it is GREAT! It also uses very minimal water to rehydrate, which is a bonus

    #3721802
    JCH
    BPL Member

    @pastyj-2-2

    I make my own AABW clone with dehydrated beef…allows one to season it to your specs.  Agreed that it is one of the best BPing meals.

    Also want to say that while most everyone can agree that the Devil’s Path is one tough SOB of a trail, don’t let that scare you off.  The trail, country and views are gorgeous and it is a trip you will remember forever.  Just turn it into a multi-night trip.  Yeah, you might be doing 5-6 miles a day, but they will feel like 20 milers.  Go slow.  Take breaks.  Enjoy the trip.

    When we did it in April there was no snow, but were still a few icy patches…made it that much more fun. I personally prefer late spring or early fall as that trail in the heat would kill me :)

    #3721806
    dirtbag
    BPL Member

    @dirtbaghiker

    Much agree with JCH. Anyone thinking about this trail, dont be put off at all about its toughness.  Go slow and take your time. You can easily make this a 3 day, 2 night trip or longer if you wanted.  There are 2 convenient located shelters on the trail, Mink Hollow and Devils Acre, where you can camp in or around to break up the days. I always heard that hiking 10 miles in the Catskills is like hiking 20 miles somewhere else. I have hiked 20 mile consecutive days before ( Loyalsock trail )… I do believe that statement to be close to accurate. So break up the miles and you can definitely enjoy the Devils Path. There are some spectacular views and some exciting sections of the trail to hike on. No shortage of scrambles either, all good fun. There is water too!! Maybe not as much as we had, due to the torrential rains we have been having.. but water is available.  Get out there and do it!!!

    There is no promise of tomorrow!!!

    #3721851
    dirtbag
    BPL Member

    @dirtbaghiker

    I think my facial expressions in these 2 pictures says a lot, lol.

    #3721852
    dirtbag
    BPL Member

    @dirtbaghiker

    #3721853
    dirtbag
    BPL Member

    @dirtbaghiker

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    dirtbag
    BPL Member

    @dirtbaghiker

    #3721855
    dirtbag
    BPL Member

    @dirtbaghiker

    #3721856
    dirtbag
    BPL Member

    @dirtbaghiker

    #3721857
    Scott H
    BPL Member

    @cbk57

    It looks great, my son and I are going up to the Adirondaks in a few weeks.  We are planning a  3 day 20 mile loop incorporating Mt. Marcey.  We are going on a take our time plan though so we won’t do more than 6 or 7 miles per day target with lots of take it easy time.  I will be watching the video when I get a chance.

    #3721862
    JCH
    BPL Member

    @pastyj-2-2

    Dirtbag’s video gave a very accurate glimpse of the trail as I remember it.  Gorgeous. The slots, vertical climbs using roots as a ladder, the corridor between the trees, and the vistas from the summit all brought back beautiful memories.  One of my most memorable hikes.

    Dammit!  Do I have to go hike that thing again???

    #3721866
    dirtbag
    BPL Member

    @dirtbaghiker

    @ Scott H.. i would love to do that too!! Please take some photos or video.. something to show us!!! After you get back, I would also love to hear how it went.. where you stayed..  It is on my soon to do list, there are a few places in the Daks I want to conquer!!

    @ JCH… DO IT!!! Hahahaa

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