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The week of June 21st began with a hot and humid Sunday with plenty of sun and temperatures in the 70's until about 4:00 PM when heavy rains showers started. The forecast for Monday is for less humid weather with temperatures in the low1 80's and some sun and clouds. Tuesday may be a little warmer with sun in the morning and a threat of thunderstorms from 1:00 PM to evening. Wednesday and Thursday should be nice with lower temperatures in the 70's and plenty of sun. The temperature drops into the mid 60's on Friday and showers are again possible. Saturday will be partly sunny with a high 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!
Sunday: May 3rd: Morgan Hill: Jones Hill Loop
The Willowemoc Trail Crew's second work day on Sunday, June 21 has been cancelled by Lisa Lyons. An email will be sent to trail crew members with new dates and those dates will be posted here.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 may even bring along a shovel and pick to work on some areas that are wet and draining poorly. We will look at the work mentioned and perhaps explore the Quick Lake Trail from Junkyard Junction to Coyote Junctions. 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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