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Our Team

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

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.

 

Jessica Painter

Jessica Painter

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)

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!

 

John Haywood

John Haywood

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

 

Stanley Rusin

Stanley Rusin

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.

A View From The Top
This is a must see personal blog curated by Stash

 

Bobbie Yager Sweeting

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

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!

For more about what we do, check out our “Dig The Who?” article.

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