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The week of November 22nd begins with a sunny Sunday. The temperatures will only rises to just above freezing but no precipitation is in the forecast. These conditions continue throughout the week with each day being slightly warmer until Thursday when the highs will be in the high 40's. The temperature may reach 50 on Friday but clouds move in to block the sun. Saturday the temperature drops back into the mid 40's and the clouds remian. Rifle hunting season continues in the Catskills. If you haven't done so already, it is time to find the winter clothing and layer appropriately. Some trails may be icy and the higher elevations may get some snow that is not present in the valley. Find your favorite hiking spikes and think about carrying them so that you do not have to turn back on your planned route. Keeping hydrated in the cooler temperatures can sometimes be tricky since you may not feel that you are sweating as much as on a warm 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!
Monday: November 2nd: Frick Pond (Loggers Big Rock Flynn)
The Willowemoc Trail Crew will have a few more workdays scheduled in the early fall to clean up some branches on the trails around Frick and Hodge Ponds. Some reblazing also needs to be done as some blazes are simply missing and others are had to see. As soon as there is some rain, we will also re-evaluate some areas to see if work on drainage in these areas is needed.
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
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 especially in Sweden. These axes when used properly are a good choice for felling and sectioning most large blowdowns and some smaller ones.
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