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The week of March 1st began on Sunday with temperatures in the high 20's and light snow beginning at about 7:00 AM as predicted. The snow continued throughout the day making roadways slippery and causing several accidents. The snow is forecast to continue through Monday morning but will taper off after midnight. Once the snow clears Monday will see temperatures in the mid 20's with sunny skies. Tuesday the temperatures will remain about the same but snow showers roll in by the afternoon. Snow will hang around on Wednesday but the temperature will rise into the high 30's. By Thursday the temperature will again dip into the high teens with cloudy skies. On Friday the temperature will rise a few degrees and the skies should be sunny. Saturday starts a string of days with sunny skies and temperatures rising into the mid to high 30's. Anyone hiking on should be prepared for lower temperatures at the trailhead and on the peaks! The recent storms have made snowshoes mandatory for any serious hiking on the peaks or, for that matter, in most of valleys! When parking to hike, be sure you are out of the way of snow plows and do not park in places where they must turn around. 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: January 2nd: Jenny Lane Loop
Please come and join us for the first meeting of the season for the Willowemoc Trail Crew. The meeting will take place on Sunday, March 15, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. at Morgan Outdoors in Livingston Manor. The meeting is sponsored by the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference and hosted by Lisa Lyons of Morgan Outdoors. All of the trails in the Catskill Park are maintained by volunteers and more volunteers are needed especially in the western Catskills. Attending the meeting will not commit you to a specific schedule. Volunteer a little time or volunteer a lot! The meeting will acquaint those who attend with the areas covered by the Willowemoc Trail Crew and some of the tasks that need to be accomplished. Participants will have the chance to give their input on scheduling and the work that needs to be done. No prior trail maintenance experience is required. The meeting will last for about one hour and will be followed by a trip to Frick Pond to snowshoe.
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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