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The week of October 19th began with a cool and windy Sunday. Much of the Catskills saw a mix of rain and snow which was more prominent to the north. Monday was a sunnier day with highs in the low 50's and partly sunny skies. The forecast for Tuesday through Thursday is for periods or rain and cloudy skies with temperatures in the low 50's. The rain should break on Friday but showers are still possible with some clouds. Saturday and Sunday both seem to be sunny with temperatures rising a bit into the high 50's. Looking ahead to next week the forecast calls for sunny days for most of the week. The fall colors are fast fading as breezes and showers bring down more and more leaves. Most locations in the Catskills are past peak but pockets of bright colors still can be found. Further south there may still be some colors visible. 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!
Friday: October 3rd: Balsam Lake and Graham Mountains
I can't quite remember how I ran across these bars but I am glad I did! My favorite is the Papa Bear since it has dark chocolate and almonds! All the bars are gluten and soy free. They have 12 grams of protein in each bar are surprisingly filling along with being delicious. Check out the website at Dancing Hawks. The website could use a little work but I think they spend a lot of time making the bars even better! Let them know if you have a timetable and they will try to meet it!
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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