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The week of July 26th should begin with periods of sun and a chance of thunderstorms on Sunday and Monday with temperatures both days in the high 70's or low 80's. By Tuesday the skies clear and the temperatures rise into the mid 80's with increasing humidity. Wednesday may be the warmest days with highs in the high 80's. Thursday should also be sunny with temperatures in the mid 80's. By Friday thunderstorms again may appear with highs in the low 80's. Saturday will be more comfortable with lower humidity and temperatures in the low 70's. Sunscreen and insect repellant would be a good addition to your pack. Keep hydrated since you will be able to hiker longer and in greater comfort. Once you are thirsty, you are already dehydrated. Remember, the weather forecast is only a prediction and always contains percentages. Be prepared and have a plan for the most likely and least likely forecast! Are you prepared to stay out overnight on a trail? Conditions in the morning can change drastically by afternoon. Conditions at the trailhead do not always reflect the conditions on the peaks! Variable trail and weather conditions are a hallmark of these mountains. BE CAREFUL AND BE PREPARED!
Thursday: July 2nd: FLT: Rt 79 to Purvis Rd
The Willowemoc Trail Crew will work on some water drainage problems at Frick Pond on Saturday, August 1st. We have corrected some problems and "spruced up" the trail but there is still work to do. There is some lopping to do on all the trails around Frick and Hodge Ponds. Most of the larger blowdowns have been removed but a few remain. Weeds and tall grass are beginning to spring up and could use a good whacking! We will also bring along a shovel and pick to work on some areas that are wet and draining poorly. If time and personnel permit we will move some rocks from Frick Pond to the muddy area at Gravestone Junction and try to fill in another wet area on the Looger's Loop. Times Square could also use some work. Please join us! Everyone is welcome!
I take hundreds and sometimes thousands of pictures each year. It is hard for me to "throw out" pictures so most of them end up in my online albums. Some of these pictures are better than others and I am trying to be more selective. For the past four years I have looked at ALL of the pictures for the year and selected some to publish in print. Various websites such as Winkflash, Blurb and Zazzle provide this service. I always wait until there is a sale of 50% off or more! Below are links to the PDF copies of these books.
Not all traction devices are created equal under all conditions. Some are better on snow while others excel in icy conditions. Even on ice different traction devices will operate differently depending on the amount of ice. CAUTION: The Yak Xtremes are NOT appropriate for hiking unless it is on ice on flat terrain. There are at least two design flaws which make the these devices fail in actual hiking conditions. Do NOT depend on these devices! Click here for a complete explanation.
- Instep crampons
- Full crampons
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