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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

July 1-2, 2021

  • 24-hour trip
  • The hike starts: Thursday, July 1 @ 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 2 @ 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 backpacking, orienteering, and camping gear – $200
  • You must bring your own food
  • Hatzolah members 50% off* (limit to 2)

*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.

  1. Comfortable sneakers
  2. Comfortable hiking clothes; preferably non-cotton
  3. Rain poncho
  4. Bug spray
  5. Travel size hand sanitizers
  6. 3 black garbage bags for waterproofing
  7. Pillow, sleeping bag, or thick blanket (for extra padding below and warmth, the temperature can go down in the 40-50s.)
  8. Siddur, Tallis & Tefillin
  9. Personal hygiene, teeth hygiene, hand towel, toilet paper/ tissues as needed in a small ziplock bag, etc.  Please remember: We will be camping in the deep woods. There are no bathrooms or running water. Please think it through now, and prepare for what else you might need.
  10. 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).
  11. Optional: hiking pole, cap, pocket knife, lighter, whistle, camelback, or other hydration systems.
  12. Bring 2 of each; Forks, Knives, hot cups, and plates for supper and breakfast. Put them in big ziplock.
  13. Salt, pepper packets for potatoes, sugar packets for coffee. 1 packet of coffee. Small bag of powdered milk for coffee. Ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise for supper/ lunch, and/or grilled cheese for breakfast, put them all in a small ziplock bag.
  14. 1 small hand sanitizer. 
  15. Take at least 6 liters of water. 
  16. For Lunch (2 days- 4 sandwiches)
    – For tuna;  take bread in a small ziplock bag and take tuna airtight packets (or cans) 
  17. Fruit for 2 lunches, supper, and breakfast; put them in a big ziplock bag.
  18. For supper:
    – 2 pieces of precooked frozen Chicken; wrap them in a heavy duty tin foil and pack in a big ziplock bag.
    – Hotdogs (packed the same way as chicken – tin foil + ziplock bag).
    – Potatoes for baking. Take some tin foil and wrap one layer around each potato.
    – Corn on the Cob (no tin foil needed) it’s cooks fairly quick, pitas for supper; put in a big ziplock bag.
    – Mac or Cortland apple for baked apple, Take some tin foil and wrap one layer around each apple
  19. For Breakfast –  Take 1 sandwich bag with cheese (for grilled cheese on a pita).
    – 
    Take 1 Piece of tin foil for grilled pita and cheese over the fire for breakfast.
    – Pitas for breakfast; put pitas and the tin foil in a big ziplock bag.
    – Vegetables for breakfast put in ziplock bags.
  20. Optional: Energy snacks and drinks, candy, marshmallows for fire.
  • Backpacks
  • Tents (4-5 people per tent)
  • Headlamps
  • Inflatable sleeping pad

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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