3500 Club
And why it's the new Everest

I just fact checked my last post …

And I was wrong.

View from the Empire State Building at twilight

Spoiler alert: It wasn’t the first and it won’t be the last. It turns out that the 35 peaks of the Catskill Mountains are 3,500 feet above sea level, or about three times as tall as the Empire State Building where this photograph was taken, looking south towards the State of Liberty (at the mount of the Hudson River, lighted up) and One World Trade Center. Not only were we as third as high as the Catskill’s top peaks, even worse — we used the elevator on the way up and down. That’s the one thing I miss about flat Florida is a good vertiginous climb. Not that I don’t appreciate a good old fashioned slog. But there’s nothing quite as good for the spirit as a good view well earned, and for my money I’ll take a trek up and down in the Catskills to the ascent up Everest any day. When you multiply 35 by 3,500 it’s about the same. Hopefully no one is checking my dubious math.

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