Thursday, February 9: Annual Winter Meeting in New York City, at The Assembly Hall, Community Church of New York, 40 East 35th Street, New York, NY 10016.
Event is Free but advance registration is requested!
Click here to RSVP and make a donation or call the office at 201.512.9348 x26.
#1: Mid-Manhattan Walk, meet at 3pm
Meet New York Hiking Club Leader Bob Ward and co-leader Victor Scelzo at 25 Street & Fifth Avenue, by the World War I Eternal Light Memorial at 3:00pm for a walk through Lower Mid-Manhattan. We will learn about the statues of Madison Square Park and some of the buildings around it as well as interesting facts about the area. One story tells how a courageous lady saved the American Revolutionary Army from defeat by simply stalling the pursuing British Army. This is a continuation of last year’s walk; it will end up at the Community Church in time for the Food, Drink, and Social hour.
#2: High Line Hike, meet at 3:30pm
Meet Trail Conference Executive Director Ed Goodell at the High Line elevator access, located on West 30th Street between 10th and 11th Avenues. We will walk out to the southern terminus at Gansevoort Street and back with a stop for snacks at Chelsea Market. Total distance: about 2.5 miles. Afterward, hikers are invited to come to the Community Church (about a 1.5 mile away) to participate in Trail Conference Winter Meeting activities.
Making Trail Maps
Our award-winning cartographer Jeremy Apgar will give a presentation on how Trail Conference maps are created and how volunteers are involved.
Van Cortlandt Park Trails
Friends of VCP’s Executive Director Christina Taylor will review the path that her organization has taken to improve the trails of Van Cortlandt Park in partnership with the Trail Conference and which can easily be replicated in other urban parks and forests.
Early Evening Activities
This year's raffle features more Great Prizes than ever before thanks to our generous retail partners! See list in right-hand column.
Food, Drink, Social
Gaylord Holmes, Vice Chair of the Board of Directors
of the Trail Conference, will preside.
Keynote Speaker: Alan Via
Author of The Catskill 67 – A Hiker’s Guide to
the Catskill 100 Highest Peaks under 3500’
Recently published by the Adirondack Mountain Club, The Catskill 67 - A Hiker's Guide to the Catskill 100 Highest Peaks under 3500' is an introduction for hikers and other mountain enthusiasts to the origin of the Catskill 100 highest list, and to a unique range of peaks largely unknown to the public.
Alan Via is one of a very small handful of hikers and bushwhackers to have completed both the Adirondack 100 and Catskill 100 peaks. He is a multiple-round, regular, and winter 46er and 35er, and Northeast 111 completer. Alan has led hikes for the ADK, AMC, 3500 Club, and Taconic Hiking Club for 35 years. He was Albany ADK's Outings Chair for 14 years, main club committee chair for 24 years, and was named the Adirondack Mountain Club's Distinguished Volunteer in 2006.