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  • 3 peaks / 10 miles – Wittenberg-Cornell-Slide Trail
  • 4,190 ft – highest peak in the Catskill Region
  • Trail level: Difficult (must be in good physical shape). Please see the trail details here Wittenberg-Cornell-Slide
  • Extremely limited cell phone service – you might actually enjoy yourself
  • 24-hour trip
  • The hike starts: Thursday, July 25 @ 12 pm*
    Please note, you must be at Town Tinker Tube Rental – 10 Bridge St., Phoenicia, NY 12464 at 10 am sharp for gear distribution and packing!
  • End: Friday, July 26 @ 12 pm

*Please note, we will be traveling in light rain, but in case of heavy rain, we’ll make a rain date.

  • Led by Rabbi Zev Freundlich
    – 25 years experienced Backpacking Guide and Wilderness Survivalist
    – Menahel of Yeshiva Shaarei Arazim of Monsey
    – Founder of Yaalozu Wilderness Survival Camp
  • A hatzolah member will be joining us on the trip
  • Three group levels: fast, medium, slow with an assigned professional guide to each group
  • Limited to 24 slots
  • All inclusive price , ie. Backpacking /camping equip. and food, $185
  • Hatzolah members 50% off* (limit to 3)
  • Corporate discounts available**
  • When registering, please make sure to include your cell phone number and email address that you can be reached at for timely updates

*Hatzolah members 50% off; is only if they are willing to assist in an emergency, carry medical gear and other extra gear if need arises.
**Corporate discount; a business that sponsors 4 or more employees is 25% off each employee. Payment must come from the employer/company directly.

  1. Can-Do-ATTITUDE!
  2. Comfortable sneakers
  3. Comfortable hiking clothes; preferably non-cotton
  4. Rain poncho
  5. Bug spray
  6. Pillow, sleeping bag or thick blanket (for extra padding below and warmth, the temperature can go down in the 50’s.)
  7. Siddur, Talis & Tefillin
  8. Personal hygiene, teeth hygiene, hand towel, etc.  Please remember: We will be camping in the deep woods. There are no bathrooms or running water. (We will supply water for washing, toilet tissue and a shovel). Please think it through now, and prepare of what else you might need.
  9. Warm sweatshirt, sleeping and/or lounge clothing and footwear (the trail can be wet and muddy, you might want to change into something like crocs).
  10. Optional: High energy snacks and drinks (because although we supply trail mix and water, you may have your own personal taste).
  11. Optional: hiking pole, cap, pocket knife, lighter, 2-way radio, sleeping pad, whistle, camelback or other hydration system.
  12. Optional: camera.
  13. Release of Liability Agreement – Please read it carefully, sign and email to zevfreundlich@gmail.com.

Please note, you’re welcome to bring anything you want, but remember, you’re the one who’s carrying it (so make sure it’s important).

  • Backpacks
  • Tents (4-5 people per tent)
  • Headlamps
  • Travel size hand sanitizers
  • Food (Heimishe hechsherim only)
    • 4 separate liters of water
    • Trail mix (raisins and peanuts)
    • Lunch (2 days)
      • Sandwich choice of tuna or peanut butter and jelly
      • Apples or oranges
    • Supper
      • Chicken
      • Hotdogs
      • Choice of canned vegetables
      • Potatoes and Cobbed Corn
      • Pitas
      • Apples or oranges
    • Breakfast
      • Black Coffee
      • Pitas
      • American cheese
      • Cucumbers and peppers
      • Apples or oranges

10:00 am sharp MUST be at Town Tinker Tube Rental – 10 Bridge St., Phoenicia, NY 12464 for gear distribution, food prep and packing.
12:00 pm – Begin ascent of Wittenberg Mountain
1:30 pm – Lunch break
4:00 pm – Reach summit of Wittenberg Mountain
4:15 pm – Mincha
4:30 pm – Begin hike to Cornell Mountain
5:00 pm – Reach summit of Cornell Mountain
6:00 pm – Reach camping area
6:30 pm – Set-up camp
7:00 pm – Fire, food and water preparation
7:30 pm – Supper
8:30 pm – Maariv
8:45 pm – Kumzitz
7:00 amShacharis
8:00 am – Take-down camp and repack
8:30 am – Fire, food and water preparation
8:45 am – Breakfast
9:15 am – Start ascent of Slide Mountain
11:00 am – Reach summit of Slide Mountain
11:15 am – Start descent of Slide Mountain
12:00 pm – Reach Slide Mountain trailhead
12:15 pm – Lunch and regroup for transportation

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