Video: 'Hardest Hike in the East'

Our third episode on the new “Fast & Light” video channel launches today, “The Hardest Hiking Trail in the East.” In early October, we hiked the 25-mile Devils Path through New York’s Catskill Mountains, a trail often given the “hardest hike” moniker because of the ridiculous amount of climbing and descending hikers face — about 14,000 feet total! — as the path ascends six major peaks in the Catskill preserve. With cameraman T.C. Worley, friend Brian Leitten and I laced up our boots late on a Monday night and headed into the woods for the fast trip. The journey starts in New York City and includes, literally, planes, trains, and automobiles — not to mention hiking boots and a bike at the end — to enable us to complete the route. Take a look at “The Hardest Hiking Trail in the East” below or in full-screen on the dedicated “Fast & Light” channel. —Stephen Regenold

—Check out the first two “Fast & Light” episodes on climbing Kings Peak, the highest mountain in Utah, and hiking a 65-mile path in Minnesota, “24 Hours on the Border Route.”

Posted by Aaron - 10/28/2011 11:16 AM

The Pemi loop in NH is harder.

Posted by Dave - 10/28/2011 11:10 PM

what are the camera/video equipment you guys use to get these great shots but still keeping it light?

Posted by T.C. Worley - 10/29/2011 03:57 PM

I use Canon DSLR’s and GoPro’s when applicable. It’s not particularly light, especially with L-Series lenses, but it’s what I use. Schlepping and using this gear in the wilderness is an added challenge.

Posted by TLock - 07/20/2012 04:09 AM

14000 ft in 23 hrs is pretty intense, and I love that you biked back. cheers to you guys.

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