Have a most enjoyable winter. See you on the trail!
WTA Welcomes its New and Returning Members: Debbie Bell, Navaljit Bhasin, Frank Clemens, Jennifer Clemens, Kathleen Clemens, Eileen Cunningham-Zeigler, Katherine Farragher, Anne-Marie Ibanez, Paula Kacher, Ginny Kelly, Judy Kossover, Laura Liebesman, Naomi Marcus, Linda Nastaszewski, Rose Angela Reyes O’Sullivan, Yumiko Parker, June Robins, Lucinda Schultz, Linda Weisz.
Early New Year’s Eve. For many decades the club has traditionally met every December 31 on the grounds of the former Pocantico Hills estate of William Rockefeller (now Rockwood Hall State Park) to welcome in the New Year. After a short afternoon stroll around the park, we would head over to the foundation with plastic cups and sparkling cider in hand to enjoy a sweeping view of the Hudson and offer a sundown toast to the upcoming year, followed by dinner at a local restaurant. This year, of course, was different. Although we couldn’t gather for dinner, and we had to divide the groups to allow for social distancing during the walk, that didn’t stop 23 enthusiastic WTA members from coming to Rockwood and upholding the tradition. The sky was grey (no doubt a commentary on 2020) but the mood was bright and hopeful. So here’s to 2021 - may it be happier and healthier in every respect.
Winter Hiking Tips: Dress in layers so you can add and remove items as your exertion levels change. Wear a synthetic base layer like polyester or nylon to wick moisture away from your skin; one or more middle layers of fleece or wool; and an insulated outer layer to protect you from rain, wind and snow. Wear a fleece or wool hat, and fleece, wool or insulated gloves or mittens. Wool or wool blend socks are great natural insulators, even when wet; wear them over synthetic liners for wicking. Leave the cotton clothing home - cotton retains moisture and contributes to hypothermia. Never, ever wear jeans: get a little snow or water on them and they become icy boards around your legs for the rest of the hike. Bring plenty of food and water and a hot beverage if desired, and be sure to carry microspikes, stabilicers or other traction aids in your pack in case you need them. Remember, hiking in winter can be lots of fun if you’re prepared for the weather.
Westchester Trails Association
Join WTA in completing the Westchester 100, a project inspired by the publication of the "Walkable Westchester" book written by WTA members Jane and Walt Daniels. The book has been an invaluable resource for hiking in our home county, and the newly released third edition now describes more than 635 miles of trails in over 200 parks, preserves and sanctuaries.
We launched our Westchester 100 project in the fall of 2009, shortly after the first edition of the book was published. It consists of a list of local hiking areas and trails featuring 91 “regular” hikes and 18 “half hikes” throughout the county. We've been sponsoring guided hikes to the locations on the list since its inception, with those who complete the list (either on our hikes or on their own) being rewarded with a certificate, a patch, and unlimited bragging rights.
To see our updated Westchester 100 list, please click here. We invite you to join us in exploring the many places to walk or hike that Westchester County has to offer.