Mountain men

Nope, it's not a yellowing photograph exhumed from a family attic: This shot was taken on March 7 by photographer James McCracken, who climbed Slide Mountain with his friend Marshall Rudd. 

A late-winter hike along the 6.8 mile loop to the summit of the Catskills' highest peak is not for the faint of heart, but it has its rewards. McCracken writes:

After a grueling hike, we took a much needed rest at the summit of Slide. Two feet of hard packed snow with about 4 inches of fresh snow. It was snowing that day but we were above the storm and when we got back to the car it had snowed about 4 to 6 inches.

Below: Another of McCracken's photos from the Slide Mountain hike. Photos shared in the Watershed Post Flickr group pool.