Exciting news for Chatham High’s Outdoor and Recreation Club: this year they are taking on the Columbia County Land Conservancy’s (CLC) “Hike Five Challenge.” In order to complete the challenge, they must hike five of the ten Public Conservation Areas in Columbia County. In total, there are more than 30 miles of trails within these conservation areas. Each conservation area has its own mascot; when the challenge is completed, hikers can earn a patch that represents one of those mascots. The Outdoor and Recreation Club has set a base goal of completing five hikes, however, they may go above and beyond and hike all ten areas! Completing ten trails would earn participants a CLC hat!
On October 30, the club took on the hike at the Schor Conservation Area in Canaan. This hike was two-and-a-half miles long with a quick ascent to a beautiful summit, filled with views of the colorful Hudson Valley framed by the Catskill Mountains. Our hikers had a blast! They stopped to enjoy some rest and reflection at “Jon’s Pond,” where one of the students spotted extremely large bullfrogs resting on logs. The group hypothesized that they were trying to take in the last of the warm fall temperatures. Aren’t we all?
The Club plans on completing at least one hike each month. Any CHS student who is interested is welcome to join! Every hike is different, but never fails to surprise with nature’s raw beauty.