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The week of July 24th began with a warm, sunny and humid Sunday with temperatures rising into the high 80's in most areas. On Monday the temperatures will rise into the mid 80's with sun giving way to afternoon and evening thunderstorms. The storms may be severe at times. By Tuesday morning the storms will have cleared out taking some of the humidity with them. Tuesday's highs will be in the low 80's under sunny skies. On Wednesday the temperatures will rise into the mid 80's with sunny skies. The temperatures will continue to rise reaching the high 80's on Thursday with partly sunny skies. On Friday and Saturday the temperatures will drop into the low 80's with a chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon on both days. Sunblock and insect repellant would be good additions to your pack. With the varying temperatures and weather conditions, be sure you are dressed appropriately in clothing which will wick away moisture to keep you cool. Keeping hydrated can sometimes be tricky but hydrating properly will allow you to hike longer and in greater comfort. Be sure to carry water withy you as local water sources can be unreliable and contaminated. 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!
Friday: July 1st: Huggins Lake
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.
Sullivan County and the areas bordering it have many different trails for visitors to hike. Some trail are hiking trails that can be difficult for beginners. Over trails can be found in local parks and offer a much more relaxed experience. There area also some rail trails for walkers to explore. I have created a website called Sullivan County Hiker to highlight some of the trails available. The site has a list of all the trails on the home page. There are also pictures of different areas. In each area there are:
- Trail descriptions for an easy, moderate and difficult hikes
- Trail maps for the area
- Distances for the hikes
- Latitude and longitude for each trailhead and parking area
- The reason the hike was given its difficulty rating
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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