3 canoes on lake cole

Catskill Backpackers Rested and Ready!

Catskill backpackers came out of the woods yesterday for a brief respite in Phonecia.  They enjoyed some tubing down the Esopus River and good food at Sweet Sue’s (have you ever seen their pancakes?  They’re HUGE!) before heading back to the trail for the last section of the hike!

And update on how our backpackers are doing:

Cody: A quote from the trail –  “I took my parents for granted.”  Cody has been eternally optimistic on the trip and is a natural and charismatic leader.  He has really taken this trip to heart and is loving the experience.

Simone: Completely at home in the woodland setting.  An excellent singer and hiker, and writing notes to me in Italian that I’m trying to translate! 

Ryan: A quote from the trail – “I will never look at food the same!”  He is “eating” up the experience, loving every moment as he naturally assumes responsibility.  He is a strong hiker, never complains and is a joy to have on the trip!


Zach eigenbrodt

Born and raised in Wisconsin, Zach couldn't keep himself out of the woods when growing up. He started working at a Northern Wisconsin YMCA Camp as a wilderness trip leader while in college and fell in love with getting kids into nature. The smiles on kids faces after returning from a once in a life time wilderness experience is why he is here today. Zach brought his talents to Frost Valley YMCA, in 2014, when he started as the Trips Coordinator and soon was promoted to Adventure Director. Zach loves all forms of Wilderness exploration, though some would say his heart lies most with canoeing.

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