The Dig The Falls Team Has Grown!
Waterfall loving, crazy hiking and Basset Hound-like good natures… Well, at least most of us anyway 😉
The team is made up of a varying degree of adventurers, thrill seekers, and altogether great people. We love the outdoors, Waterfalls, and a good cause we can put our hearts and minds into. Working on trails and cleaning up waterfall locations are the easiest tasks we get to perform, and with your help, we can do so much more.
Thank you for stopping by. It’s great to meet new friends!
Edward M. Smathers
Creator and Contributor
There isn't much to say about me, except that I love waterfalling. I network with as many enthusiasts as possible and am always looking for new areas to explore! Our family has grown a bit since I started the waterfall list, as you can see from our Team Mascots. I look forward to hiking with you in the future.
Co-Creator and Contributor
The ever patient and always supportive Jessica Painter is a professional wedding and portrait photographer in the Capital Region, who also stands in as a great hiking partner, mother, and wife to our growing family. Without the impeccable editing skills and keen eye for detail, this site would not be what it is!
Check out Jessica’s wedding and portrait work!
Jack Smathers and Miss Charlotte Grace (And in 2017: Jackson and Connor)
Dig The Falls Mascots
Jack the Bassett, a long-time mascot, and 'McG' our newest addition. These two really round off the team that makes up Dig The Falls. They really prove that waterfalling is for everyone! UPDATE: Jackson and Connor, our youngest mascots have joined the ranks of our ragtag team. Along with Charlotte and Jack, they will be helping warm up the trails and clean up any litter left behind by naughty hikers!
UPDATE: Jack hiked the rainbow bridge with his pal Jill (the lab). It was a great trip and we were fortunate to have had the time we did with him. Our plan is to start creating children's stories that outline his encephalitis and seizures, while offering inspiration at how much love and adventure he spread during his time with us.
Contributor and Ambassador of the North Country
John spends as much time as he can hiking, exploring and photographing throughout the Adirondacks. He says I could go anywhere, but this is where my heart is. The air and water are clean, and everyone I've met is very friendly. It's a whole different world here and I love it! One of his favorite places to photograph is Ausable Chasm in Keeseville. John has spent countless hours, over the years, capturing a multitude of images, and has been referred to as a modern-day Seneca Ray Stoddard, who was known to frequently photograph the Chasm in the late 18 and early 1900's.
More about John Haywood
Contributor and Ambassador of the Southern Tier/Catskills
Besides loving nature, photography, adventures, and challenges, Stash is usually a laid back kinda guy. Hiking is his specialty. So if you need him to find something in the middle of nowhere, he will.
A member of the Catskill 3500 club, NYNJ trail conference, and the Catskill Mountain Club, Stash's passion for waterfalls and the mountains are what drives him further.
UPDATE: Jessica Rusin has also joined the team. She makes a killer addition and we are excited she was willing to join! We will get some updated photos soon.
‘A View From The Top‘
This is a must see personal blog curated by Stash
Bobbie Yager Sweeting
New York Waterfall Location Editor
Bobbies Waterfalls (bobbieswaterfalls.net) has been around a lot longer than most other New York waterfall websites (in one form or another), but what we also found was Bobbie has been exploring much longer than some of the better-known waterfallers we know of.
Bragging Rights: Bobbie has personally visited and verified each waterfall listed on her site! Awesome, right!?
Bobbie has been working for quite some time lending her experience in fact-checking all of the location data we have created over the years. She has been working diligently to add missing data and also remove duplicates. We can't say enough how lucky we are to have her part of the team!!
More about Bobbies Waterfalls
Show Me Your Falls
Contributor and Ambassador of All Things Fun!
A two-part team made of Julie and Jacky, Show Me Your Falls is a wonderful addition to the Dig The Falls Team. Although these two do not hike together as often as they once did, both have contributed in a huge way to our team. We are looking forward to more humorous hikes and antics from Show Me Your Falls, and Julie and Jacky's separate adventures as well!
UPDATE: While the SMYF team has changed over the years, it still has more energy than ever! Julie's daughter, Bella, has joined the efforts and added considerably to the volunteering and comedy that Show Me Your Falls is known for. Dig The Falls is also to include Bella as an honorary member of our team. Bella's energy has been a refreshing addition and we couldn't be happier to include her!
For more about what we do, check out our “Dig The Who?” article.