Big Indian Wilderness Tent Camping – Catskill Mountains NY Solo Backpacking Trip

Big Indian Wilderness Tent Camping – Catskill Mountains NY Solo Backpacking Trip

Catskill Mountains, NY – Big Indian Wilderness
June 2019


Day 1 – 8.4 miles / 2,094′ Gained
Day 2 – 14.9 miles / 3,286′ Gained
Trip Total 23.30 miles / 5,380′ Gained

This trip is an overnight in the Big Indian Wilderness area of the Catskills in New York. My initial plan was to head towards Mongaup Pond to setup camp and get used to shooting with my new camera. All was going according to plan until I decided to head out on day 2.

On my GPS there was a 4×4 road that didn’t appear on my paper map. 0.4 miles away, however, was a road that looked very similar to the 4×4 road showing on my GPS, even terminating further North of my position in the same fashion. I thought I had gone 0.4 miles to far and it turned out that I was 0.4 miles short of the junction. Unfortunately I made the decision to switch backpacks 2 hours before I got on the road so the compass I could have used to help out wasn’t with me. The best course of action was to backtrack to the pond and head out the same way I came in.

Even with the extra miles this added the trip was still fantastic and the pond was absolutely beautiful. It doesn’t appear in the video but the pond continues from the area I was in so there is still a lot of exploration to be done here. Now that I’ve learned the area better I can eventually do the loop I wanted. There are plenty of other trails in the area so there is no doubt I’ll be returning in the future.

Safe travels all and thanks for stopping by to check out the video!

On my back: Osprey Atmos 65ag
On my feet: Vasque Grand Traverse Hiking Shoes / Darn Tough socks
Sleeping Bag: Sea To Summit Trek TK1 32°
Sleeping Pad: Big Agnes Air Core 20x72x3.25
Tent: Alps Mountaineering Lynx-1
BearVault BV450
And a bunch of other stuff

Main camera: CANON EOS Rebel SL2 200D / 18-55mm (yup, I got a new toy!)
Hiking camera: SONY HDR AS-300 (it got busted up pretty bad on this trip, but fixable)
Vanguard Tripod with a Pergear TH3 Fluid Head

Music Credits

New Day by Mona Wonderlick
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“Phase IV” by Lo-Fi Is Sci-Fi. Check out more of there music here:

Piano Rock Instrumental by Hyde – Free Instrumentals
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  1. pahuntnut on April 30, 2021 at 9:08 pm

    Hike in 4 miles to the pond only to find a road that gives easy access to all the campsites. Been there done that lol

  2. Grace Woodard on April 30, 2021 at 9:10 pm

    Narration a little matter of fact, no sence of awe, or lightness…and seemed not to have really enjoyed himself when back in the jeep…his screw up, etc. No sense of how he really felt. Explanations of how you packed…not interesting enough…but a wonderful place to go. I know what I miss, a sense of the hiker enjoying himself out there alone.

  3. Urban Survival on April 30, 2021 at 9:15 pm

    The eagle and the osprey (Lomgmire reference)

  4. John Blaser on April 30, 2021 at 9:16 pm

    Your videos are great, thanks for posting.

  5. Antonio Cesare on April 30, 2021 at 9:18 pm

    Stop talking and just hike

  6. Vin Kalman on April 30, 2021 at 9:30 pm

    Nice bridge in the start. I like this area so far, private, and to yourself. I don’t like camp sites with a bunch of people.. Thanks for inviting us..cheers . Hope your camera is cool

  7. raymond burger on April 30, 2021 at 9:35 pm

    Great video, good quality, My suggestion going forward which will help us follow along is to name the ponds, and trails you pass or travel on.

  8. Matt.Cook.Oregon on April 30, 2021 at 9:38 pm

    Awesome outdoor explore. Thanks for posting in Youtube Outdoors subreddit. I am your number 100! congrats!

  9. ML SMITH on April 30, 2021 at 9:42 pm

    great video, thanks for sharing. Quick couple of questions. Approximately how heavy was your backpack? And how many total miles did you hike within the 2 days?

  10. Jared Alger on April 30, 2021 at 9:54 pm

    Maybe it didn’t turn out like you planned but you still got out there! My current situation is a lot different. My fiance is 30 weeks pregnant with my son. No backpacking for me this year. Thanks for the video and keep them coming. Hopefully I will be making new videos soon with my son Kaysen!

  11. Urban Survival on April 30, 2021 at 9:56 pm

    I was going to say that looked like pharaoh lake when you came up to it and I never even te you go again caps just camping wherever the hell you damn well please!,,!

  12. Cragdwella on April 30, 2021 at 10:03 pm

    Awesome ! Your going to love that Canon SL2 ! A lot to learn for sure. Nice hike, that sure sounded like a bald eagle. Thanks for sharing my friend ! Cheers!

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