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The week of March 2nd is forecast to bring cold weather to the area with wind chills on Monday prompting a warning. The high temperatures during the day are not expected to be much above 20 degrees with lows at night in the single digits. The daytime temperature should be above freezing, barely, by the end of the week. No snow or other precipitation is in the forecast at this time. There is still a significant amount of snow on the ground but it is packed hard. Warmer temperatures during the day may make snowshoes advisable for traction and support. It seems that snowshoes are a must in the Catskills and probably can be put on right at the trailhead. There may be icy spots where spikes or full crampons are more appropriate. 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! Now is the time to put your favorite "ice grippers" in the pack and keep them there! 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!
Saturday: January 4th: Frick Pond Snowshoe
I design and maintain websites and most of these sites publish documents in PDF format as it is an almost universal format. The problem is that many of the documents that other people send me need editing before they can be published. These documents are, of course, in PDF format and most do not come with the source document. I, therefore, need a program to easily and quickly edit these PDF documents. The program also has to have an intuitive interface and be accurate in its editing capabilities. I have used two versions of the Iceni infix Editor for the last three years and can say that they have met and, in most cases, exceeded all of these requirements. I have used two other competing products and they fail in one or more of the most important categories.
As an example of what I do with the editor, I loaded a 162 page document that had been prepared in MS Word and converted to a PDF. The document had text and an extensive array of images. Infix loaded the document within seconds and I was able to move between pages instantly. I chose find and replace and Infix found and replaced almost 300 occurrences in under a minute. When the program reported that it was saving the document with the changes, I thought I was in trouble! I was happy to see that the program maintained a copy of the original document. I inserted, deleted, rotated and rearranged a few pages as needed and the program performed flawlessly. I was able to insert new text and images on pages and create hyperlinks without a problem.
The main reason for buying a PDF editor is to be able to edit text without any hassles. I was able add, delete and text without any problem. Changing the font, size and style of the text was also easy. I will be the first to admit that I do not use all of the capabilities of Infix. For example, the editor has several options that allow several people to collaborate on a document. Changes can be made but only if they are acceptable to all involved. There are additional features that I am just beginning to explore and the new version adds even more. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this program to anyone who wants to edit PDF files without a problem. It is exactly like using a word processor to edit a document!
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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