The Catskills seemed like a good option for distance and vertical, and additionally there are two over-4,000′ peaks which are part of the New England “115” peaks. (The 46 Adirondack peaks are part of that list, too, along with 48 in the White Mountains, 14 peaks in Maine and 5 in Vermont.) I chose to start with Slide Mountain, the highest point in the Catskills and an easy climb.
Even though this list will walk back to 1989, it wasn’t until about 1991 that I really started to enjoy music. It was a turning point not only for me but also for millions, since this was the year that Nirvana’s Nevermind blew up the radio-friendly pop rock and started in record labels a race for independent (“indie”) bands. For most of the world, this shift would only last a few years, settling back into Hanson, Nickleback and similar dreck, but some of us would be changed forever.