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The week of April 12th began with a beautiful, sunny day on Sunday . Temperatures started in the mid 20's but quickly roSe to the mid 60's as the sun shone brightly. The forecast for Monday through Thursday is for more bright and sunny days with highs in the low 60's or high 50's. The low temperatures at night will barely bet down to freezing. The forecast for Friday calls for cloudy skies and a passing shower. Saturday will see more rain in the morning with clouds in the afternoon with a high of 59 degrees. This forecast makes it hard to predict the trail conditions anywhere. There is still enough snow to make snowshoes a good idea for hiking on the peaks and even on many of the other trails in the area. Trails that are packed hard in the morning may soften with increasing temperatures throughout the day. Crampons or spikes may be required in spots as the trail thaw and then refreeze. Many of the trails have many postholes from hikers too ignorant or inconsiderate to wear snowshoes! 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!
Sunday: March 8th: Frick Pond Snowshoe
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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