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April 28th, 2011:

Catskills Hike 2 – Wreckage Edition

A few weeks back I was reading the Milepost on the train ride in to work when a young female sitting next to me asked, “Can I ask what book you’re reading?” I explained that the book was an in depth look into traveling around northern Canada and Alaska.

She mentioned I should read Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer about the journey of Christopher McCandless, which I am halfway through now. It’s a really good book. (Brief synopsis here.)

Today we met up again and started talking about hiking trips in the Catskills. And let me tell you, she is full of knowledge about interesting things many people know nothing about. Take for example: a WWII bomber crash site in the Catskills, and the wreckage is still there.

From the little bit of information I’ve gathered online, it was a B-25 Mitchell bomber commonly used in WWII. I’ve read mixed dates of the crash, ranging from 1944 to 1948. It’s located somewhere between 2600 and 2800 feet on the eastern slope between Friday and Balsam Cap Mountains. Apparently based off other visitors stories much of the plane remains, although in scattered and smashed condition.

I have to check this out.

Last summer I hiked Wittenberg, Cornell, and Slide Mountains in the southern region. This would be a perfect opportunity to finish the final six before heading to the Central and Northern regions. I would knock out: Table Mtn, Peekamoose Mtn, Lone Mtn, Rocky Mtn, Balsam Cap Mtn, and Friday Mtn, of which the last four are trail-less, meaning.. well, it should be interesting. I’m getting a few friends together for hopefully a May 14th or May 21st departure. I can’t wait.


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