The Catskill Mountain 3500 Club
as the Catskill 3500 Club
and often just referred to as the 3500 Club, is a peakbagging
organization for hikers
in the Catskill Mountains
of New York
. 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
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 also awards a separate patch for those who go on to climb all 35 peaks during winter.
Until fairly recently it was the only hiking organization with a specific Catskill focus.
Members record their climbs on a tally sheet and then submit them to the Club's membership chair when they have completed their last required peak. This is mostly done on the honor system; however sometimes the tally sheets are cross-checked against the logs kept in the canisters
the club maintains at the summits of the 13 peaks that lack a trail to the summit.
there are 1,599 regular members and 626 winter members. Those who have not yet finished the prescribed 39 climbs (35 regular, 4 winter) are referred to as aspirants. Members and aspirants alike may subscribe to the quarterly newsletter of the organization, The Catskill Canister
, for $10 per annum. In the case of members, this payment additionally... Read More