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The week of June 19th began with a warm Sunday with temperatures rising as high as 80 in most areas. The sky was bright and sunny with some puffy white clouds. Monday was more of the same with temperatures nearing 90 in some spots. There was a slight breeze at times which was even more noticeable in the heat. The blue sky had a few wispy clouds at times. On Tuesday the temperature again rose into the 80's in some places although many areas in the Catskills saw only the high 70's. The sky had only a few clouds and a daze hung around most of the day. On Wednesday the temperatures will reach into the mid-70's with most sunny skies and a more pleasant feel. The temperatures will drop into the low 70's on Thursday but the real news will be the thunderstorms rolling through the area for most of the day. The sun returns on Friday when the temperatures will again rise into the high 70's with mostly sunny skies. The heat will continue into Saturday when the highs will be in the low 80's with mostly sunny skies all day. With the varying temperatures and weather conditions, be sure you are dressed appropriately in clothing with layers that can be used to manage the changing temperatures. Keeping hydrated when the temperatures are so varied can sometimes be tricky since you may not feel that you are sweating as much as on a hot summer day. Hydrating properly will allow you to hike 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: May 12th: Frick and Hodge Ponds
The Willowemoc Trail Crew will have a workday on Sunday, April 17. We will meet at Morgan Outdoors at 1:00 PM and then drive to the Frock Pond trailhead to start our work. There is some work to do to drain water from the trail and a few blowdowns to clear. Contact Ralph Bressler if you have some free time since he is often out on the trail cutting blowdowns, clearing water drainages or placing trail markers.
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.
It is time again to think about carrying traction devices! 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
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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