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Catskill 3500

bigindianAs a troop, we have taken on the challenge of the Catskill Mountain 3500 Club. Our goal is to offer every scout the opportunity to participate in completing the 3500 Club requirements. Although not as impressive on a resume as Eagle Scout, it surely is another indication of a scouts commitment and determination.

The Catskill Mountain 3500 Club, incorporated as the Catskill 3500 Club and often just referred to as the 3500 Club, is a peakbagging organization for hikers in the Catskill Mountains of New York. Those wishing to become members must climb all 35 Catskill High Peaks and, in a departure from the requirements of most other such clubs, climb Slide, Blackhead, Balsam and Panther mountains again in winter, which is defined by the Club’s by-laws as the period from December 21 to March 21 regardless of the actual occurrences of the winter solstice and vernal equinox in particular years. The Club also awards a separate patch for those who go on to climb all 35 peaks during winter.

FT – Fire Tower, UM – Unmaintained Trail, TL – Trail-less, CA – Canister


Summer 2013 – 4 peak backpacking trip -> Details



Slide 4180 ft 06/24/2010 Wikipedia | 3500 Club
Hunter 4040 ft FT 11/16/2013 Wikipedia | 3500 Club
Black Dome 3980 ft 08/13/2011 Wikipedia | 3500 Club
Thomas Cole 3940 ft 08/13/2011 Wikipedia | 3500 Club
Blackhead 3940 ft 08/13/2011 Wikipedia | 3500 Club
West Kill 3880 ft 11/21/2015 Wikipedia | 3500 Club
Graham 3868 ft UM 10/18/2014 Wikipedia | 3500 Club
Cornell 3860 ft 05/03/2014 Wikipedia | 3500 Club
Doubletop 3860 ft TL/CA 08/05/2016 Wikipedia | 3500 Club
Table 3847 ft 03/21/2016 Wikipedia | 3500 Club
Peekamoose 3843 ft 03/21/2016 Wikipedia | 3500 Club
Plateau 3840 ft 06/27/2015 Wikipedia | 3500 Club
Sugarloaf 3800 ft 07/09/2011 Wikipedia | 3500 Club
Wittenberg 3780 ft 05/03/2014 Wikipedia | 3500 Club
Southwest Hunter 3740 ft TL/CA 11/16/2013 Wikipedia | 3500 Club
Lone 3721 ft TL/CA 06/29/2013 Wikipedia | 3500 Club
Panther 3720 ft 10/13/2012 Wikipedia | 3500 Club
Balsam Lake 3720 ft FT 10/18/2014 Wikipedia | 3500 Club
Big Indian 3700 ft TL/CA 09/17/2012 Wikipedia | 3500 Club
Friday 3694 ft TL/CA 06/29/2013 Wikipedia | 3500 Club
Rusk 3680 ft TL/CA 05/30/2016 Wikipedia | 3500 Club
Kaaterskill High Peak 3655 ft UM 07/11/2015 Wikipedia | 3500 Club
Twin 3640 ft 08/22/2015 Wikipedia | 3500 Club
Balsam Cap 3623 ft TL/CA 06/29/2013 Wikipedia | 3500 Club
Fir 3620 ft TL/CA 10/13/2013 Wikipedia | 3500 Club
North Dome 3610 ft TL/CA 08/01/2016 Wikipedia | 3500 Club
Eagle 3600 ft 05/30/2015 Wikipedia | 3500 Club
Balsam 3600 ft 06/11/2011 Wikipedia | 3500 Club
Bearpen 3600 ft TL 06/09/2012 Wikipedia | 3500 Club
Indian Head 3573 ft 07/26/2011 Wikipedia | 3500 Club
Sherrill 3540 ft TL/CA 08/01/2016 Wikipedia | 3500 Club
Vly 3529 ft TL/CA 06/09/2012 Wikipedia | 3500 Club
Windham High Peak 3524 ft 05/12/2012 Wikipedia | 3500 Club
Halcott 3520 ft TL/CA 04/13/2013 Wikipedia | 3500 Club
Rocky 3508 ft TL/CA 06/29/2013 Wikipedia | 3500 Club
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Catskill Aqueduct Trek

Press Release: July 7, 2011 © Catskill Watershed Corporation (CWC)

The Catskill Watershed Corporation (CWC) Board of Directors at its meeting July 5 heard from leaders of Olive Boy Scout Troop #163 which is planning a once-in-a-lifetime trek from the Ashokan Reservoir to New York City August 19 through 27.

Scoutmaster Keith Davis and Committee Chairman Rob Overton, accompanied by their 12-year old sons Billy Davis and Blake Overton, described the expedition that will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of the troop, one of the first Boy Scout troops established in the US.
Two engineers with the NYC Board of Water Supply which was then engaged in building the Ashokan Reservoir and Catskill Aqueduct, were instrumental in forming the troop in 1911, so the leaders of Troop 163 thought a fitting tribute to them, and to their own history, would be a hike along the route of the underground aqueduct.
Davis turned to CWC for assistance last fall when the suggestion was first raised that the troop make a symbolic trek atop the aqueduct. The CWC, the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), the Watershed Agricultural Council and other entities have since been meeting with troop leaders to coordinate the nine-day journey.
The 92-mile aqueduct starts at the Ashokan, tunnels under the Hudson River and continues along the east side of the Hudson to Kensico and Hillview Reservoirs before it reaches city taps. It carries 40% of New York City’s water and serves many upstate communities as well. For security reasons, access to the city-owned land atop the aqueduct is restricted, but for this special occasion, the DEP is assisting the Scouts with logistics and trek planning, and its officials will participate in the kick-off ceremony August 19, and the arrival celebration in Central Park August 27.
Fifteen boys will be making the trek. They have been hiking, biking and camping in preparation for the journey.
“This is turning out to be maybe the biggest event in Boy Scouting this year, it’s getting national attention,” said Scoutmaster Davis. CWC Board member and Olive Supervisor Berndt Leifeld introduced the visitors and explained that, Davis, Overton and other parents rejuvenated the troop 18 months ago. It has become very active, with community service projects a high priority.
The CWC Board stood to applaud the Troop’s accomplishments, and offer encouragement on its ambitious trek.
A fundraiser will be held at the Boiceville Inn July 23 featuring three bands and a silent auction, as well as a “Bike for the Hike” ride for motorcyclists who contribute $20 to enjoy a scenic cruise around the reservoir.
The public is welcome to attend the departure ceremony at the Ashokan Reservoir fountain at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 19, and, for $20, may also reserve a seat on buses carrying family and friends to meet the hikers Saturday, Aug. 27.
For more information on the troop’s history, the trek and the fundraiser, or to reserve a bus seat, go to
The CWC is a non-profit, local development corporation responsible for several environmental protection, economic development and education programs in the New York City Watershed West of the Hudson River. For more information, go to, or call toll-free 877-928-7433.

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