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The week of May 22nd began with a sunny skies and cool temperatures on Sunday. The morning skies were bright blue with puffy clouds and slight breeze. Showers threatened but stayed away from most areas. The high temperature was in the high 50's and there was a cooling breeze. On Monday the temperature rose into the low 70's and the predicted thunderstorms never showed up. There was only a slight breeze to add a cooling effect. Tuesday was even warmer with some overcast skies in the afternoon and the highs were in the high 70s. Wednesday the highs will reach into the low 80's and there will be plenty of sun. Thursday through Saturday the sun and high temperatures will remain but there is a chance of showers and thunderstorms each day especially in the afternoon. 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!
Monday: April 4th: Frick Pond: Logger's Loop
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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