About the Catskill 3500 Club
Boy Scouts on Balsam Mountain in winter
The Catskill 3500 Club was founded in 1962, to foster interest in hiking in the Catskills. Membership is open to all persons, who have climbed on foot each of the 35 Catskill peaks above 3500 feet in elevation.
Those wishing to become members must climb all 35 Catskill High Peaks and, in a departure from the requirements of most other such clubs, climb Slide, Blackhead, Balsam and Panther mountains again in winter, which is defined by the Club's by-laws as the period from December 21 to March 21 regardless of the actual occurrences of the winter solstice and vernal equinox in particular years.
The Club educates both members and the general public in outdoor recreational skills; engages in public service and stewardship; and encourages responsible recreational use of the region's natural resources.
The Catskill 3500 Club is not a charitable organization, but rather a non-profit, and as such donations to the club are not tax deductible.
Photo Credit: Scott Larson