On January 2, 10-year-old Asher Anaya from New Windsor completed the requirements to become a member of the Catskill 3500 Club. Asher is the so of Aaron and Manuela Anaya and is a student at the Lee Road Elementary School in Cornwall. He completed the hike along with his parents and sister, Yanisa. Asher’s formal application will be submitted to the Club and upon acceptance he will receive his member number.
Hiking is a family tradition in the Anaya family. Both Aaron and Yanisa are members of the 3500 Club. Manuela is currently aspiring to complete the challenge. Thus far he has hiked 16 of the 39 required Catskill mountain peaks. Out of respect for others, he hopes to raise awareness about the “Leave No Trace” principles including: Plan Ahead & Prepare, Travel & Camp On Durable Surfaces, Dispose Of Waste Properly, Leave What You Find, Minimize Campfire Impacts, Respect Wildlife, and be considerate of other visitors..
Upon completion of the hike, Asher said “Whenever you get to the mountain, there’s always an exciting adventure ahead of you.”
The Catskill 3500 Club was founded in 1962 to foster interest in hiking in the Catskills. Membership is open to all who have climbed one each of the 35 Catskill Peaks on foot, above 3500 ft. in elevation. In order to achieve this goal, Asher was also required to hike an additional four Catskill peaks during the Winter season. His final hike took place on Slide Mountain which is the highest peak in the Catskills. It has an elevation of about 4200 feet.
Caption: Asher is pictured with his parents Aaron and Manuela at the summit of Slide Mountain. He was presented with the Catskill 3500 Club patch from his dad.