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The week of January 25 began on Sunday with a breezy and cool day. There was plenty of sun and the temperatures stayed just below freezing. The big news was the possible storm that was predicted to bring snow to the Northeast. The predictions kept changing but the final word for the Catskills was for less than a foot of snow in most places. The numbers for the Hudson Valley and points east and south were far greater. By Tuesday morning all schools and many business were shutdown in Sullivan, Orange, Ulster, Dutchess and Putnam counties as well as counties farther east and south. In Livingston Manor the amount of snow that had fallen by early Tuesday morning was about 6 inches. The forecast was still calling for more snow during the day. By Wednesday the snow will end and a sunny but cool day is expected with highs in the low 20's and a brisk wind. Thursday will be cloudy and slightly warmer but still below freezing. Some snow showers may be on tap for Friday with cloudy skies and temperatures in the mid 20's. Saturday will be MUCH colder but sunny with highs only in the id teens. The recent storm makes snowshoes mandatory for any serious hiking peaks or, for that matter, in most of valleys! When parking to hike, be sure you are out of the way of snow plows and do not park in places where they must turn around. 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!
Saturday: November 29th: Mount Ivy to Route 106
I can't quite remember how I ran across these bars but I am glad I did! My favorite is the Papa Bear since it has dark chocolate and almonds! All the bars are gluten and soy free. They have 12 grams of protein in each bar are surprisingly filling along with being delicious. Check out the website at Dancing Hawks. The website could use a little work but I think they spend a lot of time making the bars even better! Let them know if you have a timetable and they will try to meet it!
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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