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The week of December 4th began with a cool but sunny Sunday with highs in the mid 40's. The forecast calls for snow and ice overnight and snow possibly turning to rain in the morning on Monday. The temperatures on Monday are expected to start out bawl frizzing and the rise into the high 30's during the afternoon. Tuesday's highs will again hover in the mid to high 30's. A wintry mix may fall in the early evening. The moisture will move out by Wednesday and the temperatures will rise slightly to near 40 degrees. Thursday will be colder with highs barely reaching 32 degrees. The moisture returns to drop snow and rain in the area. Friday will be a few degrees colder with snow showers in the forecast. The temperatures continue to drop on Saturday with highs only in the high 20's but there is now snow presently in the forecast. Be sure you are dressed appropriately in clothing which will wick away moisture to keep you from developing a chill in cooler temperatures. It is time to break out the winter clothing including gloves and a hat. Clothes that have pit zips are great and layering with non-cotton materials are a must for the varying temperatures. Keeping hydrated in cooler weather can sometimes be tricky as you do not feel as thirsty but hydrating properly will allow you to hike longer and in greater comfort. Be sure to carry water with you as local water sources can be unreliable and may be contaminated. 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!
Saturday: October 1st: Hodge and Frick Ponds
The Willowemoc Trail Crew headed for Trout Pond on August 20 to clear some blowdowns on the Mud Pond Trail. Cindy, Shaun, Steve, Judy and I spent a total of about 5 hours hiking and clearing blowdowns. Some of what we cleared was pretty large but when we were down there wasn't much left to clear!
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.
Sullivan County and the areas bordering it have many different trails for visitors to hike. Some trail are hiking trails that can be difficult for beginners. Over trails can be found in local parks and offer a much more relaxed experience. There area also some rail trails for walkers to explore. I have created a website called Sullivan County Hiker to highlight some of the trails available. The site has a list of all the trails on the home page. There are also pictures of different areas. In each area there are:
- Trail descriptions for an easy, moderate and difficult hikes
- Trail maps for the area
- Distances for the hikes
- Latitude and longitude for each trailhead and parking area
- The reason the hike was given its difficulty rating
I often use Silky saws to clear blowdowns from trails and they work very well. Recently I have been trying out various premium axes to see how well they perform in removing some larger blowdowns. I have concentrated mostly on higher end premium axes both those made in America and those produced abroad in Sweden, Germany. Austria, New Zealand and Latvia. These axes when used properly are a good choice for felling and sectioning most large blowdowns and some smaller ones.
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