Enjoy the Outdoors
Enjoy the outdoors, exercise and socialize. Good physical condition and hiking boots are the only prerequisites. Bring lunch and something to drink. FREE to members and their guests.
Our Club Fit Hiking Club is celebrating its 28th anniversary! Hikes take place in the local area on marked, wooded paths through nature centers, forests and occasionally mountains. Members are encouraged to bring along their family and friends. Hikes are labeled easy, medium and rugged. Come discover the natural beauty we have here in Westchester and the surrounding area. Look for flyers on the racks and find the Hiking Club Schedule under “Wellness” on the website. You can always call your Hiking Leaders: Peter, Andrew and Michael, with any thoughts or questions.
LEARN ABOUT ANDREW
Andrew Stein brings over 30 years of hiking experience to the local trails in our area.
Andrew has hiked all over the country, from Alaska, to Montana and to the Rockies. These days you can find him almost daily on the trails with his faithful 4 footed companion Molly, a retriever, who is loved by all Club fit hiking members! Molly has been hiking with the club since she was literally a few months old!
Andrew is a filmmaker, and the owner of his video production company, Andrew Stein Videography. His work includes documentaries, event videos, non-profit promotional work, musical and theatrical presentations, plus much more! The New York Yankees, CNN, NBC, Con Edison, IBM, were just some of his projects.
The Hudson Valley has been his favorite area to hike, especially on the Appalachian Trail. Andrew’s goal is to introduce the many trails that run in the vicinity of the Hudson Valley so that others can experience the beauty of the region, and improve your mental and physical health. As a hiking leader for Club Fit for over 20 years he has led numerous hikes throughout the region exposing local residents of the beauty and the rich history the Hudson River Valley has to offer.
Some of Andrew’s favorite hikes in the area are the Hudson Highlands State Park, which runs along both sides of the Hudson River in Putnam and Dutchess Counties. Anthony’s Nose, Cornell Mine, Doodletown, and Mt. Taurus are just some of the scenic hikes the club enjoys. Fahnstock Park, Harriman Park, Bear Mountain, and Teatown are also favorites with a lifetime worth of trails to explore and enjoy.
LEARN ABOUT MICHAEL
Michael has been hiking trails in the Hudson Valley since he was a young boy. He has been hiking with the hiking club for the past 10 years. Michael is Red Cross certified in adult first aid/CPR/AED and has been living in Yorktown since 1996 with his daughters.
LEARN ABOUT PETER
Peter enjoys sharing his love of the forest trails with Club Fit members. His friends have always known where to look for him: “Outdoors!” First as a Cub Scout and a Boy Scout and then as a trained hike leader for the Appalachian Mountain Club. Peter has hiked and camped throughout the United States, parts of Canada, Europe and the United Kingdom. He has also biked just about all over the Netherlands.
Capt. Peter was also a professional sailing and racing instructor, having taught for the New York Sailing School on City Island, The Appalachian Mountain Club, the Croton Sailing School and Ferry Sloops right here on the Hudson River.
After attaining his Masters License as a US Coast Guard Sailing Captain, Peter ran a charterboat business, “Caribbean Dream Charters,” out of Tortola in the British Virgin Islands taking guests out for week-long, live-aboard cruises. Each cruise was a week in paradise.
Peter Meskin and Andrew Stein started the Club Fit Hiking Club over 27 years ago and are both very proud to still be leading the hikes. A few years back, a long-time Club Fit Hiking Club member, Michael Capsuto, joined Peter and Andrew leading hikes for the Club. He has become an energetic and valuable member of the leadership team.
Please remember hikes are canceled in the event of inclement weather. Call the appropriate Hike Leader if weather is questionable.
Peter Meskin at (914) 245-7693
Andrew Stein at (914) 788-4678
Michael Capsuto (914) 523-4958
Here are some GUIDELINES FOR PARENTS to read if you are thinking of bringing your child on one of our hikes:
- We enjoy having children on hikes but they must stay close to you throughout the entire hike.
You — not the Hike Leader — are responsible for them.
- You have to determine by reading the full hike description and/or calling the Hike Leader a few days before the hike if your child has both the interest and the stamina to keep up with the group and to complete the hike.
- Children need to be wearing hiking boots or sturdy sneakers.
- Bring extra food, water and your child’s favorite snacks for “motivation.”
- Not required, but a good idea is to have them carry a small backpack with a few items for a sense of responsibility and to feel part of the group.
- No electronic devices of any kind on hikes! Please keep Cellphones on vibrate and put them away, for emergency use.
“The best view comes after the hardest climb”