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The week of August 21st will begin with a partly sunny Sunday with highs in the high 70's. High humidity will give way to thunderstorms in the evening. Some storms could bring heavy rain and high winds. Monday should be mostly sunny and less humid with highs in the low 70's. The sunny skies will continue on into Tuesday with highs reaching to the mid 70's. There will be plenty of sunshine on Wednesday as the highs reach the low 80's. Thursday will be much the same with a few more clouds in the sky. There may be a passing shower in some areas on Friday with partly sunny skies and highs just reaching 80. Saturday will also feature partly sunny skies with highs in the high 70's and the chance of a thunderstorm toward evening. Hiking in the rain may be fun for some but hiking in thunderstorms is DANGEROUS for everybody. There have already been serious injuries this summer from lightning strikes when storms blew up suddenly! Sunblock and insect repellant would be good additions to your pack. Be sure you are dressed appropriately in clothing which will wick away moisture to keep you cool. Keeping hydrated can sometimes be tricky but hydrating properly will allow you to hike longer and in greater comfort. Be sure to carry 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!
Monday: July 25th: Shaupeneak Ridge: White, Red, Green Trails
The Willowemoc Trail Crew has done such a good job on the trails around Frick and Hodge Ponds that no more work days are scheduled at this time. There may be some work to do to help construct the trails on public land on Round Top in Livingston Manor.
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.
Sullivan County and the areas bordering it have many different trails for visitors to hike. Some trail are hiking trails that can be difficult for beginners. Over trails can be found in local parks and offer a much more relaxed experience. There area also some rail trails for walkers to explore. I have created a website called Sullivan County Hiker to highlight some of the trails available. The site has a list of all the trails on the home page. There are also pictures of different areas. In each area there are:
- Trail descriptions for an easy, moderate and difficult hikes
- Trail maps for the area
- Distances for the hikes
- Latitude and longitude for each trailhead and parking area
- The reason the hike was given its difficulty rating
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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