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The week of December 9th began with several inches of snow on the ground from a light snowfall that fell for most of Saturday and into Saturday night. The temperature at 6:30 AM was 14.5 degrees! The forecast for Sunday includes some early morning show showers changing to partly sunny skies with a high of 33 degrees. Monday will have times of clouds and sun with highs around 32 degrees. Tuesday will be cloudy with highs in the mid 30's with a possibility of 1 to 3 inches of snow. Wednesday will be COLD under mostly cloudy skies. The highs will only be in the high teens but the wind chill will make it seem even colder. Thursday will be sunnier but still COLD with highs in the low 20's. There may be some snow shores. Friday will have periods of sun with snow showers and highs in the high 20's. Saturday will be more of the same with cloudy skies and highs only reaching to 30 with more snow showers possible.It is time to break out the warm clothes and the winter gear. Microspikes are now a "mandatory" item on many trails and, certainly, on the 35's. When the weather conditions are constantly changing , be sure you are dressed appropriately in clothing which will wick away moisture to prevent it from accumulating in your clothing which can bring about hypothermia. Layering should be with non-cotton materials as cotton tends to hold moisture. Keeping hydrated is important no matter the temperatures since hydrating properly will allow you to hike longer and in greater comfort. Be sure to carry plenty of water with you as local water sources can be unreliable and may be 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!

Hiking and Hunting: A Sad Reminder

I have often advised hikers to be sure to wear something that is blaze orange during hunting season, especially rifle season for deer. I have also begged people to avoid some bushwhacks where there is a lot of hunting activity. Some people listen and some think I am overly cautious. Hikers cannot control the actions of hunters. They can only take steps to be more visible and stay away from situations that increase the anger to themselves.

DEC Statement Regarding Hunting Incident in Sherman, NY

Environmental Conservation Officers (ECOs) from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) are leading an investigation into a hunting related shooting incident in Sherman, New York. On November 22, 2017, at approximately 5:30 p.m. Rosemary A. Billquist of Sherman, NY was shot once while walking her dogs in a field by a male subject who was hunting in the area. The subject immediately called 9-1-1 and administered first aid on the victim. She was subsequently transported to Hamot Medical Center in Erie, PA and pronounced dead. DEC ECOs and Chautauqua county Sheriffs are in the process of reconstructing the crime scene to determine charges against the subject, and additional information will be provided as the investigation progresses. We extend our deepest sympathies to the Billquist family for their loss in this unfortunate time.

Saturday: November 4th: Windham (from Route 23)
Monday: November 6th: Round Top Loops
Wednesday: November 8th: Quick Lake, Big Rock and Flynn Trails
Sunday: November 12th: Mongaup Pond: Flynn Trail
Monday: November 13th: LM Round Top
Wednesday: November 15th: Conklin Hill Bushwhack
Friday: November 17th: Conklin Hill Loop
Tuesday: November 21st: Round Top Loops
Wednesday: November 22nd: Trout Pond and Campbell Brook
Friday: November 24th: Hodge and Frick Ponds
Saturday: November 25th: Big and Little Pond Loop
Wednesday: November 29th: Hodge and Frick Ponds: Figure 8
Saturday: December 2nd: Balsam Lake Mt (Millbrook)
Wednesday: December 6th: Round Top Figures 8s
Thursday: December 7th: Round Top Loops
Saturday: December 9th: Sugarloaf (Roaring Kill out and back)
Monday: December 11th: Trout Pod Loop (Counterclockwise)


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