Well, I promised that I would deliver, so here they are:
The trip was great, we began hiking up around 9:30 am when the air was still crisp and clean. We encountered tons of blackberries, which we gorged on. Apparently so did a bear. And from the looks of it, not too long ago.
We got to the half-way point of the trail, after the initial steep climb, the path gradually flattened out. All in all, the trail was about 7.6 miles long.
Finally, after about 3.5 hours of hiking, we made it to the summit, where we saw one of 6 remaining fire towers in the Catskill mountains.
The view from the top was phenomenal. At 4100 feet above sea level, you could see mountain after mountain.
After a nice lunch, we headed back down. All the way back down, we were accompanied by this beautiful brook. Here I managed to spot an Eastern Phoebe in the brush, but nobody could get a shot of it.
The hike was an absolute blast. I really enjoyed the company of all the other guys. Note: All photos were taken with a mate I was hiking with Matthias Kirchner. Thank you very much. I will also be posting more as more come in.