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Map & Compass Class Draws Big Crowd

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More than 30 attendees learned map and compass skills at a workshop jointly sponsored by our chapter and the NY-NJ Trail Conference. Hank Osborn, East Hudson Program Coordinator for the Trail Conference, taught the class, which was held at the Poughkeepsie Day School library.

Map and Compass skills are useful when bushwhacking, when one gets disoriented, and when the batteries die or signal is unavailable for hand-held GPS devices and phones.

Poisoned Bait Meat Claims Unintended Victim in Catskills

Alan Via is well known in ADK circles. A long-time hike leader, volunteer, and author of the book The Catskill 67: A Hiker’s Guide to the Catskill 100 Highest Peaks under 3500. Alan visited MHADK and gave a presentation on the subject of his book. And it was there that many of us also got to know, vicariously, his four-legged hiking partner, Bookah.

AlanViaBookah-450Sadly, a March 1 report in Albany’s Times Union newspaper revealed that Bookah died while hiking in the Catskills with Via, the victim of strychnine-laced meat that someone had placed deep in the woods.

Reporter Chris Churchill writes, “Via has come to believe the meat was left by a hunter hoping to protect the deer population by killing a coyote. There’s no way to prove that, of course, but there aren’t many plausible reasons for why strychnine would be placed so deeply in the woods. Via hopes publicizing Bookah’s death can prevent a repeat of his experience.”

Via shares this story as a caution to dog owners and to those who use poisoned bait in the woods for any reason. Read the full story in the Times-Union. http://m.timesunion.com/local/article/Churchill-Poison-doesn-t-belong-in-the-woods-5280955.php

Catskills and Dinner

Doug and Jeff Senterman at MHADK dinner meeting

Jeff and Doug Senterman, respectively Catskill Region Program Coordinator for the NY-NJ Trail Conference and Volunteer Lean-to Chair, visited our club at its February 24 dinner meeting to give a short, lively, and informative presentation on the history of the Catskill region, with a focus on trails. The presentation preceded dinner at the Milanese restaurant in Poughkeepsie. At dessert, we honored several long-time members: Jane Geisler, Al Poelzl, and Adrienne Weise.