So there will not be a Bullthistle Hiking meeting in June.
So much is starting to reopen, so I think by July we should be okay to have a hiking meeting.
Meanwhile, lots of people are getting out and hiking. We actually have people on the FLT that have never hiked there before. Everyone I have encountered over the past month or so, is courteous and we keep our distance as we pass and chat briefly.
We also can do trail maintenance, Including chain sawing larger blow downs.
If you are a trail maintainer, make sure you stay in contact with Tom Bryden so he knows what is needed or what has already been done.
If you are not a trail maintainer, but are interested in becoming one, also contact Tom.
Or if you just want to tag along and see what trail maintenance is all about, contact me or one of the other trail maintainers and join us when we go out on our assigned sections.
If you are hiking outside the BHC area and see a trail problem on the FLT, email email@example.com and the assigned maintainer will be notified. There are a lot of downed trees and due to COVID-19, maintainers are just starting to get out to clean up the areas. It will take time.
Steve has been leading Sunday (some Saturday) hikes and the hikers are enjoying that. I hope to start leading some hikes, maybe mid week type hikes. Anyone is welcome to lead hikes. Just post an announcement with the details. Remember social distancing.
The FLT canceled Spring (June) weekend and also Fall weekend (Sept). There is currently a free challenge called FLT50. It encourages people to get outside and hike. Register on the website (www.fingerlakestrail.org). For the month of May, hiking anywhere outside counted towards the 50 miles. Now that restrictions are lifting, I anticipate June 1st the challenge is for hiking on the FLT, but you can hike the same FLT section over and over until you have your 50 miles. Once completed you submit the mileage and you get a patch.
The Greenway in Norwich (behind Tractor Supply) has expanded the trails, or done maintenance on neglected sections. But that might be an area you want to check out for a great hike. I attached a map provided by Rob Baker.
If you haven't bee to Round Pond lately, more trails are open (the red and yellow trails are longer then the blur loop), great place for a hike and bird watching. Map also attached.
Everyone stay safe and healthy. Being outside in this beautiful weather is what we all need.
You've heard from us a lot in the last few months as we have responded to the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic. These have been difficult and stressful times, and we sincerely hope that you are staying healthy and well.
We've had to postpone and reschedule a number of events recently (check out our COVID-19 FAQ for details) but today we are excited to launch two NEW things that we hope you will love!
The first is our new virtual challenge, the FLT50. You can read more about the challenge below and on our website. It's free and it's fun and we hope you'll enjoy it! There are awards and prizes, but mostly it's about getting out on the trail and connecting with a great trail community. Please sign up and share with your friends and family! This is a great way to introduce people to the FLT and to help us connect with each other even as we are driven so far apart.
The second thing we're launching today is this e-newsletter! It's designed to keep you informed about events and activities on the FLT, to educate you on important trail topics, and to let you know how you can become more involved with the Finger Lakes Trail Conference. We want to assure you that this will not replace our beloved magazine, FLT News, which is mailed quarterly to members of the Finger Lakes Trail Conference. This e-version will complement the magazine, and give us a space for different kinds of content.
We hope you will enjoy receiving this newsletter each month. We need your help giving it a name (see below), and will be looking to you for stories and pictures to keep things fresh and focused on the experiences of those who use and love the Finger Lakes Trail.
Thank you for reading, and thank you for being a part of the FLT community. We'll see you on the trails!
Introducing the FLT50!
Sign up for our FREE virtual challenge - the FLT50!
The challenge begins in May and will run through the end of the year. Complete 50 miles on the Finger Lakes Trail and you'll receive a beautiful inaugural FLT50 patch and sticker, and a shout-out in FLT News and on our website.
We've got some added incentive for those of you who put more miles on the trail - check out our website for details!
Due to travel restrictions and our own guidance to stay local for your recreational pursuits at this time, we will count ALL miles in the month of May, as long as they are outdoors.
Register here. It's free and it's easy. Please share with friends and family, and then share your pictures and adventures with us online. Tag @fingerlakestrail and use the hashtag #FLT50 and #fingerlakestrail. Now get signed up and go get your 50 on the FLT!
Name this Newsletter!
We need creative minds to help us name this newsletter! Send an email to FLTNews@fingerlakestrail.org with the subject "Name the Newsletter." All entries will be reviewed by the FLTC's Publicity Committee and the creative mind behind the wining name will receive a $25 credit to our online store.
Help us get to know you.
Please take 5-10 minutes to complete our survey so that we can learn more about you and how you use the FLT - now and in more typical times.
If you've already completed the survey - we thank you for your participation!
Passport Hikes were developed in partnership with Wegmans. These relatively easy, accessible and family-friendly hikes are available across the Finger Lakes Trail. Passport Books are free and can be downloaded or ordered from our website; or you can pick one up at your local Wegmans (usually at the Customer Service desk). Finish four hikes in any Passport Book and you will receive a patch for that area. Finish four in each of the Eastern, Central and Western areas, and you can collect the three beautiful interconnected patches pictured here.
Our FREE Hiking 101 series uses the Passport Hikes to provide a guided experience for newer hikers, or for those who wish to hike with a group. The hikes will be led by experienced hikers who will be in touch with you ahead of time with tips for packing and preparing. Hiking 101 hikes will be offered the first and last Saturday of each month beginning July 25.
Due to health and safety concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic, a number of the FLTC's events and activities have been postponed and rescheduled. Visit the FAQ page on our website for information about changes to our upcoming scheduled of events.
Become a Member
Did you know that the Finger Lakes Trail is maintained entirely by volunteers and supported by membership dues and donations? Please join or renew your membership today! Your support enables us to fulfill our mission to build, protect, enhance, and promote a continuous footpath across New York State. Forever!
Share Your Story
Whether you are a day-hiker, a backpacker, an End-to-Ender, or a trail runner, if you've spent any amount of time on the FLT, you've got a story, and probably some pictures, to share. Send us an email with the subject
"My FLT" and we might use your stories and pictures here, on our website, or in FLT News. You can also tag us on social media @fingerlakestrail and use the hashtag #fingerlakestrail.
Photo Credit to Victoria Strauch, Getter Hill, April 2020.
Awards & Recognition
Do you know someone who goes above and beyond for the FLTC? Nominate them for an award! A complete list of awards is available here. For more information or to submit a nomination, please contact Irene Szabo: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mark you calendar for the FLTC's Fall Weekend at Greek Peak Resort!
Complete details will be available in June.
FLTC Fall Weekend
Greek Peak Resort
September 11-13, 2020
Alley Cat Projects
Looking to do some trail work this summer? Join an Alley Cat project! Named because the trail spans from Allegany State Park in the West to the Catskill Mountains in the East, Alley Cat projects are larger in scope than typical trail maintenance, and require a small work crew. We've got some great Alley Cat projects in the works for 2020. Get details here and learn how you can help.
Finger Lakes Trail Conference
6111 Visitor Center Rd Mt. Morris, NY 14510
Call Us At: 585-658-9320
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