Tim Hallock Tribute
NYSOGA Loses Past President, Tim Hallock, While Winter Hiking
ALBANY – On February 28, 2016, Tim Hallock’s body was found on the Castle Creek Ravine Trail in Randolph, NH, near tree line between Mount Adams and Mount Jefferson. He was doing what he loved the most: solo hiking in the mountains.
Tim, 54, was a member of the New York State Outdoor Guides Association since 2005, serving as its vice president, president, region one director, water safety trainer, and on many committees through his years with the association. All fellow NYSOGA guides will miss his positive “can do” attitude.
All who knew Tim will remember his passion for life and doing the things that meant the most to him. His motto to all was “Live like you mean it.” Tim lived his life to the fullest. His trail name “Yeti” was equally as fitting, a word typically used to describe an Abominable Snowman.
Tim had two passions: the sea and the mountains. He was the owner of Hallock’s Marine Services and Northeast Mountain Guides, giving him the best of both worlds. Tim graduated from the US Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point and logged over a million miles as a licensed ship’s officer on any tonnage vessel on all oceans worldwide. Hallock’s Marine Service located in the hamlet of Orient, NY, provided a variety of marine services to boaters in the Long Island area.
His passion for the mountains led Tim to become a New York licensed guide, starting his Northeast Mountain Guides business, and joining NYSOGA. Tim’s passion for the mountains led him to conquer many of the highest mountain peaks in the Northeast and Western US. He was most proud of winter hiking the full 133-mile length of the Northville-Placid Trail without resupply and in 16 days. Tim is the only hiker on record to do so. The entry on his Northeast Mountain Guides Facebook page after this feat, read “A personal best for Yeti. And more to come.”
Tim’s smiling face in the NYSOGA booth was a fixture at many Adirondack Sports Expos in Saratoga Springs. He will be missed by many in the outdoor community. Plans are underway to preserve Tim Hallock’s memory by encouraging opportunities for children to enjoy the outdoors. Memorial donations can be sent to NYSOGA Kids to Camp Fund – Tim Hallock, Attn: Jeff Whittemore, 51 Elm St, Dolgeville, NY 13329.