In the years following Christopher McCandless fatal trek to Alaska, there have been books, movies, documentaries and yes, Instagram posts, about his journey. Once Jon Krakauer published “Into the Wild”, the best-selling book describing this young man’s trek, outdoor enthusiasts began to take trips to the bus where McCandless’ body was found. Some have gone to check out the writings he etched on the walls of the bus, to see if Alaska is just how Jon Krakauer evokes in his book, and others have gone for mere curiosity. But all who subsequently ventured out were able to because they learned about it from a specific source. In the years after the book was published in 1996, there was such an increase in hikers near the Denali area that some proposed taking the bus out completely to diminish the location’s attraction. Indeed, there have been far too many hikers that have been injured or died because they were inspired by McCandless’ story. But I’ve never heard of anyone requesting Krakauer’s book to be banned for increasing traffic to the area and causing additional deaths.
Kaaterskill Falls near Hunter, NY, located on the ancestral land of the Lenape, is the tallest waterfall in the state of New York at 260 feet. Yes, even taller than the world-famous Niagara Falls.
There are two paths to get to the waterfall. 1st option: Drive all the way to the Kaaterskill Falls Viewing Platform parking lot and make your way from the top of the falls to the bottom of the falls. 2nd option: Drive to the parking lot off of 23A and make your way up from the lower trailhead starting at the base of Bastion Falls. It doesn’t take more than 20 minutes each way to get a view of the waterfall. My favorite way is to hike up from the lower trailhead to get the view of BOTH tiers in all their splendor. And this is precisely what we did for the first Latinas Who Hike meetup I organized with Joy from Part Time Exploradora and Susie from Latinx Project. See more photos from the event below!
I’m a Latina who hikes.
As someone who never hiked in her life until she was in her twenties, how could I have known the importance of hiking shoes? I did not know until one of MY BIG TOENAILS FELL OUT. Ok, too much information, but it’s better to read this happened to someone else than to look down and wonder how long it will take for your big toenail to grow back (approximately three long months). If you’re wondering what gear you need to start hiking, I created this Gear Guide for Beginner Hikers to help you prepare. We all start somewhere, and unless you grew up hiking (which I didn’t), some of us have to learn through trial and error.