“Spring forward, Fall back”

At 2am tomorrow (Sunday, November 3rd, 2013) at 2am we change to Eastern Standard Time (EST). Most people simply turn all their clocks BACK one hour for EST before they go to bed on Saturday night.

Alternate Hike Leader Milestone Birthday Celebration Sunday Nov 10

Alternate Hike Leader (and Harriman Hikers biggest fan!) Mary Jockel will be celebrating a milestone birthday this year!

Mary will be leading the regular Sunday, November 10th Hike and everyone is invited to join the group afterward at Mahwah Bar and Grill (MBG), a popular HH apres-hike venue for many years.

If you are planning to attend but will not be on the hike, please RSVP by email to harrimanhikers@gmail.com with the subject line, “RSVP Nov 10″… and the number of people you are rsvp’ing for (i.e. yourself = (1), yourself and a date = (2). We need to give MBG an idea of how many guests to expect.

Other Details:

  • Typically, the group arrives at MBG btn 5:30-6pm, initially meeting in the bar area. Full details about Harriman Hikers regular Sunday Hikes may be found on the Harriman Hikers Website Homepage
  • Birthday presents are not requested, however, please bring sufficient cash to pay for your meal / beverages / 7% sales tax, including a 20% tip for service by the wait staff. You can get an idea of the MBG menu and prices here; Daily Specials here. Attire is casual.
Mary Jockel - Harriman Hikers

Mary Jockel – Harriman Hikers

Sunday-After-Thanksgiving Hike

It is almost that time again – bring those leftovers to the hike for a moving feast in the woods on Sunday, November 31st, 2013! Additional Details

Harriman Hikers Group Photo - 2012 Sunday-After-Thanksgiving Hike (Flickr)
The image above is from our 2012 Sunday-after-Thanksgiving-Day-Hike. The “Thanksgiving Hike” is normally very well attended. We generally all bring our Turkey-Day leftovers and do a mild hike, during which, at lunchtime, the feastings are re-feasted upon. This photo represents a good cross section of the people you might meet hiking with us. – Gene, Hike Leader, Sept. 2004. (updated yearly by Webmaster.) Go here for more Harriman Hikers Thanksgiving Hike pics

Harriman Hikers // A New York – New Jersey Singles Hiking Club

Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves. – John Muir ~ · ~ What is Harriman Hikers? Harriman Hikers is a […]

Well, it was “time”…

The old website just sort of gave up the ghost. Time to put the ol’ hoss out to pasture.

I’m gettin’ all misty…

In any case, we got a great run out of our old website – it was using much of the same code it was originally built with in 2004… which in internet years places its birth in a range that to us would be somewhere between the Jurrassic and Paleozoic Periods!

Alas, it was starting to be held together with duct tape and Elmer’s Glue and it had a bad hip…

Somebody wrote to us and said it had started emailing out old posts!

We are very excited about the new site! We are very fortunate we have been able to retain the content that we feel is most important and in choosing the WordPress site platform, we have lots of room to grow with the web in the years to come.

We hope you like it and are as excited as we are!

p.s. those of you that read the blog please be advised it has been integrated into the main website– all the old posts are here (hint: use the tags, search box (on the sidebar of most pages) or run thru the sitemap to find what you are looking for) and new blog posts will be posted and appropriately tagged right here on the main website.

– Webmaster

Harriman Hikers A NY – NJ Singles Hiking Club. since 1974

Summer greetings to all Harriman Hikers!

It’s here- who doesn’t like summer? Balmy weather tempered with dips in the ol’ swimmin’ hole, sunny days, starlit nights… a refreshing breeze… the sound of birds chirping merrily among themselves… flowers in bloom… green… everywhere.

…and of course, a fine time of year for hiking and other outdoor activities!

Please let us remind you we are a New York – New Jersey singles hiking club- adult hikers of all ages are welcome. Harriman Hikers meets at Parking Lot B-1, South Lots at Ramapo College of New Jersey in Mahwah, NJ each and every Sunday, year-round, rain or shine for hiking in Harriman State Park and other wilderness areas in the lower Hudson Valley and north NJ just as we have for over 30 years.

Established in 1974, Harriman Hikers is one of the longest-existing outdoor singles organizations in the New York City area.

Please visit our website, www.harrimanhikers.org for complete information about the group.

This month’s newsletter contains news and announcements of additional events of likely interest to local outdoor and social minded singles.


News- Gene Leads HH AgainOur Hike Leader Emeritus, Gene Doleschal, visited us on Sunday June 3rd for a reprise of his role of Hike Leader for a wonderful hike on a glorious day to Island Pond in Harriman State Park. A fine time was had by all!

Gene, who currently resides in the Conway, NH area, was the Harriman Hikers Hike Leader for 18 years.

Thank you again, Gene, for all you have done for the group over the years.


News: Successful June Moonlight HikeBob Gawel lead his contingent to Big Hill Shelter and 3rd Reservoir for a fun-filled, gorgeous evening on his June Moonlight hike. Next Moonlight Hike is planned for September, scroll thru “Additional Events Announcements” for more info.


News- Mike Scugoza Ties the Knot!Mike and Deanna got married June 23rd- congratulations!


News: Additional Events Announcements
Please scroll thru the newsletter or follow links for detailsAdditional events are organized by friends and associates of Harriman Hikers, however please note that these activities are in fact, organized by persons other than Harriman Hikers and you should contact the listed organizer of a given event for questions and info.

4th of July Hike

Outdoor Concert and Fireworks Thur July 5th

Saturday Hike July 21st

Moonlight Hike Sat Sept 22


4th of July Hike

Ed Burdzy will lead an additional hike Wednesday, July 4th, 2007.

The hike is in addition-to and does not replace or affect Harriman Hikers regular Sunday Hike. Harriman Hikers meets every Sunday for hiking, rain or shine, year-round, as we have for over 30 years.

The hike is coordinated privately by Hike Leader, Ed Burdzy. Please contact Ed by phone 973-471-0492 for questions or more info about this hike.

Hike destination will be determined by Ed, day of hike.

Meetup for Ed’s hike on Wednesday, July 4th, 2007 is as usual for “Ed Hikes”, 10am in the south (public) end of the parking lot at the Mason Jar Restaurant on Route 202 in Mahwah, NJ. Map

According to Ed, the Wednesday, July 4th, 2007 hike should similar in length to Harriman Hiker’s regular Sunday hikes, approximately 7-8 miles. Hikers should be in good physical condition and expect rough, rocky terrain at times as well as occasional steep hills. Be sure and bring plenty of drinking water as the weather is likely to be warm.


Outdoor Concert and Fireworks Thur July 5th

Outdoor Concert and Fireworks – The New Jersey Pops Big Band, featuring conductor Michael J. Buglio, presents a musical salute to Americana.

Update 7/4/07 This from the announcement on the Ramapo College website with regard to the likelihood of rain Thursday:

“All concerts begin at 8:00 p.m. at the Bandshell. In case of rain, concerts will be held in the Bradley Center Arena.”

Ramapo College Rt. 202 North, Mahwah, NJ 07430 (Bandshell )
Date: Thursday, July 5, 2007
8:00pm CONCERT
9:30pm FIREWORKS

Meetup: Doubletree Hotel, Mahwah, NJ 7:00pm prompt 7:15pm departure. Park in the rear lot on the far left.

Alternate Meetup: Ramapo College Rt. 202 North, Mahwah, NJ 07430 (Bandshell ) Look for the group on the lawn at a 6 o’clock position relative to the Bandshell or call Irene 845-304-1499 when you arrive so you can find the group.

Admission to the concert is free, however, PARKING is $5.00 per car. Suggestion for passengers to split parking fee and allow driver to park free.

Seating is outdoors on a grassy field. Bring a chair or a blanket, bug spray, snacks to share.

Please contact Irene Voce for questions and further info.

This additional event is organized privately by Irene Voce and does not affect or replace Harriman Hikers regular Sunday Hike. Harriman Hikers meets every Sunday, for hiking, year-round, rain or shine just as we have for over 30 years.


Saturday Hike July 21st

Ed Burdzy will lead an additional hike Saturday, July 21st, 2007.

The hike is in addition-to and does not replace or affect Harriman Hikers regular Sunday Hike. Harriman Hikers meets every Sunday for hiking, rain or shine, year-round, as we have for over 30 years.

The hike is coordinated privately by Hike Leader, Ed Burdzy. Please contact Ed by phone 973-471-0492 for questions or more info about this hike.

Hike destination will be determined by Ed, day of hike.

Meetup for Ed’s hike on Saturday, July 21st, 2007 is as usual for “Ed Hikes”, 10am in the south (public) end of the parking lot at the Mason Jar Restaurant on Route 202 in Mahwah, NJ. Map

Ed’s Saturday hikes can be more ambitious and longer (8-12 miles or more) than Harriman Hikers’ Sunday hikes. You must speak with Ed first if you have not hiked with Ed before, spoken with him about joining his Saturday hike and/or have any reservations about your abilities as a hiker.

Contact Ed Burdzy 973-471-0492 for questions and more info.


Moonlight Hike Sat Sept 22

Bob Gawel will lead a moonlight hike Saturday, Sept 22, 2007.

Logistics and Moon phase:

MEETUP: Doubletree Hotel, 180 Route 17 South, Mahwah, NJ, 07430 between 3:30 and 4:00pm (back parking lot). Meetup at Doubletree Hotel only. End time is only approximate.

Hike destination determined by Hike Leader day of hike.

Rain existing or imminent as of Saturday morning cancels. We will make a decision go/no-go early Saturday morning. Announcement will be posted www.hikingfun.org and on www.harrimanhikers.org. If you wish to be emailed updates, please use the “Stay Updated” form in the far right column on the www.hikingfun.org homepage.

Moonphase: half-full, waxing
Moonrise: 4:50 pm
Moonset: 1:25 am

RAIN DATE: Saturday, Sept 29th, 2007. Meeting time and place: same as above. Full Moon. Rain existing or imminent as of Saturday morning cancels. We will make a decision go/no-go early Saturday morning. Announcement and new reschedule date will be posted here and on www.harrimanhikers.org. If you wish to be emailed updates, please use the “Stay Updated” form in the far right column on the www.hikingfun.org homepage.

What to Bring:

Please bring your own flashlight or headlamp. Moon helps light the forest, but you need some sort of direct light to help light the pathway directly in front of you.

Please bring food to cook out, snacks and beverages to share. Camping grills, paper plates and utensils are needed as well. Please do not come empty-handed. it’s only fun if EVERYONE contributes!

What to Wear: Please dress accordingly for a possible warm day-cool evening. Hiking boots are recommended. Hike will be 3-5 miles total, but will be a hike nonetheless, on wooded trails and upaved woods roads.

RSVP: Would be helpful to have some idea of how many people to expect, please send an rsvp email to hikingfun@gmail.com if you are planning on attending. Thanks!

This event is coordinated privately By Bob Gawel and Rich Hobbs, is in addition-to and does not replace or affect Harriman Hikers regular Sunday Hike. Harriman Hikers meets every Sunday for hiking, rain or shine, year-round, as we have for over 30 years.


One last note, please observe on our homepage that there are several blocks on the left, “Ways to Get Our News”.

If you are receiving an email of our newsletter you are probably subscribed to our “Sort-of-Monthly Newsletter” (You can unsubscribe at any time using the links at the end of the newsletter)

You may also subscribe to receive news from us as we post content to the Harriman Hikers Website. Enter your email address in the box, use the “Subscribe” button and let Feedburner take of the rest. (You will be asked to confirm your email address).

If you are a tech early adapter you may wish to subscribe to either or both of our RSS Feeds, one for our news and one for our blog. If the terms “RSS” or “XML” mean nothing to you, this option is probably not for you.

BTW if you havent checked out our blog- you should. It’s da bomb.

We’ve recently upgraded our Photo Gallery, take a look!

Have a great 4th of July and Summer!

Webmaster

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Saturday Hike May 26 Memorial Day Weekend
Posted by webmaster on Thursday, 26 April 2007 (02:45:21) EDT (28 reads)

Ed Burdzy will lead an additional hike Memorial Day Weekend, Saturday, May 26th, 2007.

The hike is in addition-to and does not replace or affect Harriman
Hikers regular Sunday Hike. Harriman Hikers meets every Sunday for
hiking, rain or shine, year-round, as we have for over 30 years.

The hike is coordinated privately by Hike Leader, Ed Burdzy. Please contact Ed by phone 973-471-0492 for questions or more info about this hike.

Hike destination will be determined by Ed, day of hike.

Meetup for Ed’s hike on Memorial Day Weekend, Saturday, May 26th, 2007
is as usual for “Ed Hikes”, 10am in the south (public) end of the
parking lot at the Mason Jar Restaurant on Route 202 in Mahwah, NJ. Map

Ed’s Saturday hikes can be more ambitious and longer (8-12 miles or more) than Harriman Hikers’ Sunday hikes. You should speak with Ed if you have not hiked with Ed before, spoken with him about joining his Saturday hike and/or have any reservations about your abilities as a hiker. Contact Ed Burdzy 973-471-0492 for questions and more info.


Tom Strock Memorial Hike Saturday, May 5
Posted by webmaster on Monday, 30 April 2007 (19:15:53) EDT (17 reads)

ATTN: former Trailmixers:

From Bob Gawel, Henry Wong and Ron Vitale:

Tom Strock Memorial Hike
Saturday, May 5, 2007

It has been almost a year since our fellow hiker and friend, Tom Strock,
has gone on to better trails.

Bob Gawel is planning to lead a hike in Harriman State Park in memory of Tom on Saturday, May 5th. He will be meeting people in the back parking lot of the DoubleTree Hotel on Route 17 South in Mahwah [just south of Route 202] between 12:30 PM and 1:00 PM.

After the hike, people may optionally join Bob for dinner at the Mahwah Bar and Grill (MB&G) on Route 202 in Mahwah.

No response is necessary. Just show up at the meeting place on Saturday, May 5th between 12:30 PM and 1:00 PM. — Henry Wong via Ron Vitale

The above event is in addition to and does affect or replace Harriman Hikers regular Sunday Hike.

Harriman Hikers
A New York – New Jersey Singles Hiking Club. Since 1974.

Harriman Hikers- A New York - New Jersey Singles Hiking Club

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Webmaster note:

For some of you that may be new to our hiking group, Harriman Hikers, you might not have had the opportunity to meet our Hike Leader Emeritus, Gene Doleschal.

Gene is the longest-known member of Harriman Hikers and was our Hike Leader for 18 years. In 2005 Gene fulfilled a long-time dream, moving to the Conway, NH area in the majestic White Mountains.

Though now physically far away, Gene remains close to all of our hearts and minds. Below is an email we received from Gene today relating his latest adventures:

“Hello Harriman Hikers,

This is your Founding Father speaking. Although it is still winter up here, I started my 2007 hiking season in the mountains and thought you might be interested in a few pictures. The first 3 are just a few hours old as I write.

Today I went to a spot called Square Ledge, opposite Mt. Washington and the AMC Visitor Center, a favorite spot for professional photographers.

Richard, you would be in heaven.

  • To the top left of pictures #1 and #2 are Boot Spur Mountain, next to it the Tuckerman Ravine, then the Lion Head right next to it. Mt. Washington is obscured by clouds as usual. To the right top is the Huntington Ravine and below is the Pinkham Notch and the AMC Visitor Center. Square Ledge is to the right in picture #1.
  • Picture 3: Harriman State Park was never like this! The view is also from the Square Ledge, but taken at full zoom. To the top left is the Lion Head again and top center is Mt. Washington obscured by clouds.
  • The fourth is a view of the Crawford Notch still in its winter dressing from Mt. Willard (Doug and Elizabeth: you were there!).
  • Enjoy! Gene.”

    Harriman Hikers
    A New York – New Jersey Singles Hiking Club. Since 1974.

    Harriman Hikers- A New York - New Jersey Singles Hiking Club

    Stabilicers, manufactured by 32 North, Inc., Biddeford, ME, is the brand name of a foot product made to provide firm footing in icy conditions.

    Metal cleats are attached to a rubber shoe sole which is then secured to the foot using nylon straps and velcro.

    Such foot products are often loosely referred to as “ice cleats” or “crampons”.

    Note: in a more specific sense, “crampons” actually define a different type of long-tined product made specifically for ice climbing, but we tend to use the term interchangeably.

    Stabilicers sell for btn $40 and $50 and are available directly from the manufacturer or at many local outdoors stores.

    Many members of Harriman Hikers own and wear Stabilicers during the Winter hiking season; after different hikers tried many different products available on the market, the consensus seems to be that Stabilicers, effective at providing traction in icy hiking conditions and while slightly more expensive in the short run than most of the other products, are made to the highest quality standards and therefore are less likely to present the hassle of having to be replaced or repaired.

    It was with this information that I went to the 32 North website after a hike several Sundays ago and odered a pair of Stabilicers online. I was pleased and amazed that my order arrived Tuesday!

    The next Sunday I wore my Stabilicers on the hike and was a little disappointed when, toward the end of the hike, I discovered I had lost about 10 of the metal cleats, however, thru the duration the icy, snow covered hike, I always had improved footing.

    Many other hikers have been using Stabilicers in similar conditions for a number of years without losing significant quantities of cleats so I was curious if my pair somehow were defective.

    On Monday, I called 32 North to let them know about the problems I had with my pair of Stabilicers and Doug Norton (the person I spoke to) gave me their UPS account number and requested that I send my Stabilicers to their factory overnight express.

    Today, Thursday, I was once again surprised and delighted that my return merchandise order had been processed and returned to my door and I was even more impressed that my Stabilicers had been repaired, but an additional free pair! accompanied by a very sincere hand written letter from Doug thanking me for my feedback and affirming in its contents that the extra pair was not a mistake. Doug mentioned in his letter that my original pair did not appear to be defective and emphasized that “Stabilicers are not intended to be used as crampons for rock or ice wall climbing”.

    THAT’S what I call SERVICE and with that I would like to nominate Stabilicers as “Official Ice Cleat of Harriman Hikers”.

    signed, a pleased customer,

    R. Richard Hobbs | Webmaster and Fellow Hiker

    Harriman Hikers

    A New York- New Jersey Singles Hiking Club Established 1974

    January 2007: Happy New Year to Harriman Hikers; old friends and those people who have only just now found us on the internet!

    Your webmaster and general-purpose hike cheerleader, Rich and the Harriman Hikers Hike Leaders, Ed and Greg have taken a temporary sabbatical for now from our regular monthly email newsletter to rest up from all the holiday swirl of social activities, enjoy some personal time and reflect on the coming year.

    None of this will affect our regular Sunday hikes, which will continue as usual, every Sunday as they have for over 30 years. We’ll be at Parking Lot B-1, South Lots, Ramapo College of New Jersey, Mahwah, NJ 07430 each and every Sunday at 11:30, rain or shine itchin’ to hike and waitin’ for you to join us!

    Greg and Ed are busy cooking up new hike routes for our fitness enjoyment during the coming year- dont miss a thing in 2007!

    Ed plans to continue his once-a-month Saturday extra hikes (Ed’s January additional hike was on New Year’s Day)-

    Stay tuned here on the Harriman Hikers website and join our email newsletter list by registering for news of other additional group activities coordinated by various members and friends of the group as well as occasional general and environmental news of interest to the outdoors and singles communities at-large.

    In the coming weeks we hope to update the online photo album backlog of hiking pictures dating back to last summer. We’d like to thank every one who has graciously shared their photos from the hikes and reassure you that your efforts do not go unappreciated. Keep an eye on our photo albums for updates. If you have photos from our hikes you would like to share please attach them to an email and drop them to us at harrimanhikers@gmail.com or, better yet, upload them to your own online photo album and send us the url.

    We hope that if you have only just discovered our group and are looking for an opportunity to get out the house into the great outdoors and make friends with other outdoor-minded singles that you will make some time on a Sunday soon and join us for an afternoon of hiking and fellowship in the closer-to-home-than-you-might-think wilderness wonderlands of the State Parks and Preserves of the southern Hudson Valley of New York State and northern New Jersey with their pristine woods, hills, valleys, lakes, rivers and vistas just waiting for you to savor for yourself.

    As I sit at my computer and write on this Saturday afternoon in January, 2007, the weather outside is akin to springtime (shall we thank global warming for this?). The windows are thrown open, the sky is blue- it is, for all intents and purposes, a glorious day! The weather forecast for tomorrow is for a sunny day with highs in the 50’s- what better opportunity to spend a day outdoors!

    We hope you will join us!

    Ciao fer now-

    Harriman Hikers
    A New York – New Jersey Singles Hiking Club
    Established 1974

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    If you look in our Harriman Hikers Photo Gallery, you will see that Greg has been very busy uploading photos from our weekly and holiday hikes, as well as the trip he, Steve and Jason made up to Gene’s house and the White Mountains in New Hampshire.

    Dan Yukon just returned from his vacation in Wyoming and was kind enough to share his
    photos, some of which I just uploaded as well.

    Always check
    “Last Uploads” when you are in the Harriman Hikers Photo Gallery to see the most recent pictures.

    If you have any appropriate (ie. outdoors-related) photos you would like to share with the group, please contact us at harrimanhikers@gmail.com.

    Have a safe and enjoyable summer in the great outdoors and keep those pictures comin’!

    All the best,

    Webmaster


    Harriman Hikers
    A North NJ Singles Hiking Club
    Established 1974
    Harriman Hikers


    Harriman Hikers

    A North New Jersey Singles Hiking Club
    Established 1974