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July 20, 2018

Whether tackling the hills or lounging by the pool, I hope everyone enjoyed their hot and humid mid-July. High atmospheric pressure created many opportunities to enjoy the outdoors free of wet weather (if you could stomach the heat). Here's a look at the week that was, which was highlighted by Proactive's trip to Mount Beacon.

Rusk and Halcott

Lexington, NY - It came time to knock a pair of peaks off the Catskill 3500 list. I was led by a member of the 3500 Club up the trailless slopes of Rusk and Halcott Mountains. First was Rusk: we parked at the Spruceton trailhead and ascended up to the first major bend in the trail. It didn't take long to ascend the gully to the first ledges, and we got there surprisingly fast. We were up-and-down in 1 hour, 39 minutes.

Halcott Mountain wasn't nea...

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