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Backpacker Magazine – January 2011

Rip & Go: Devil's Path

Conquer the rocks, ridges, and ravines on the East's toughest trail.

by: Sarah L. Stewart

A hiker squeezes through a rocky chute. (Tim Seaver)
A hiker squeezes through a rocky chute. (Tim Seaver)
Key Skill: Harvesting rain water (Supercorn)
Key Skill: Harvesting rain water (Supercorn)
Reader expert Rich Orzol of New York City (Courtesy)
Reader expert Rich Orzol of New York City (Courtesy)

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Breakfast 1
On the road
Lunches 1 & 2
Pepperoni, cheddar, and apple sandwiches
Dinner 1 
Catskills Chicken Riggies
Breakfast 2 
Empire Apple Pancakes
Snacks Walnuts, dried fruit


RECIPES
Catskills Chicken Riggies
The area’s signature pasta dish 

8 ounces rigatoni
1 small jar roasted red peppers
½ teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon dehydrated onion
½ cup sun-dried tomatoes
1 pouch chicken
½ cup Parmesan cheese
½ cup water

Sauté peppers, tomatoes, and spices in olive oil and water until thick. Add chicken and half the Parmesan. Serve over cooked and drained pasta and top with remaining cheese. Serves 2.


Empire Apple Pancakes
Start the day with NY's best-known produce.

1 cup pancake mix
¾ cup water
½ cup apple, diced
½ cup walnuts, diced
½ teaspoon cinnamon
Olive oil
Syrup
 
Mix batter with apples, cinnamon, and walnuts. Heat skillet, add oil, and spoon in ¼ cup batter. Flip when bubbles form, then cook one to two more minutes. Serves 2.


The Grocery List

[  ]  apples (produce)
[  ]  dried fruit (produce)
[  ]  sun-dried tomatoes (produce)
[  ]  pepperoni (deli)
[  ]  1 7-oz. pouch chicken (2)
[  ]  Parmesan cheese (4)
[  ]  rigatoni (4)
[  ]  1 small jar roasted red peppers (4)
[  ]  pancake mix (6)
[  ]  cinnamon (6)
[  ]  garlic powder (6)
[  ]  dehydrated onion (6)
[  ]  walnuts (6)
[  ]  bread (11)
[  ]  cheddar cheese (12)
 
Pack Olive oil, syrup, salt


NEAREST
GROCERY STORE 

Grand Union Family Market
6350 Main St., Tannersville, NY; 
(518) 589-0048

 
PIT STOP Fill up on chicken mole, chips, salsa, and margaritas at Pancho Villa’s. “The salsa is homemade and phenomenal,” says Levy. 6037 Main Street, Tannersville, NY. (518) 589-5134; panchovillasmexicanrestaurant.com




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Dorothy
May 03, 2011

I have heard that this traverse can be done in 1 day and I wanted to see if I could do it. I am no super hiker so I am happy to say that I did it this past weekend! It took a long time (18hrs) but that was the key for me and my friend to successfully finish. We paced ourselves so we wouldn't burn out like some of the other people in our group who had to bail out earlier, we took snack breaks every 2-3 miles to keep our energy up. It is a tough trail with many up and downs, and at times scary scrambling so it's not for beginners but if you've done long day hikes (15-20miles)with a decent elevation change and know how to pace yourself and are mentally strong, you can do it!

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This is not a trek for those who are not in top shape.
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Note that Platte Cove Road is closed from Early November to April. I've walked the Devil's Path many times Years ago I mapped parts for the New York Walk Book. There was a group that did the entire trail in one day. I was asked to join, declined. I was asked could I do it. I answered "it depends on who was chasing me". Why did you not include Hunter and Rusk between Plateau? And why not be more specific about Westkill ?

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