Weather for the week of August 21st

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!

Weather for the week of August 14th

The week of August 14th began with ahot and humid Sunday with temperatures rising into the high 80’s in most areas and a heat index in the 90’s. Surprisingly this was a little better than previous days! There were a few short but violent thunderstorms in the afternoon.  On Monday the temperatures should be in the low 80;s but the heat index will reach the low 90’s due to the humidity. No thunderstorms are in the forecast but the skies will be only partly sunny. By Tuesday the threat of thunderstorms returns from early to late afternoon. The temperatures will be in the low 80’s but the heat index will reach 90. The temperatures will drop into the high 70’s on Wednesday and the heat index will only be in the low 80’s. Some early thunderstorms are likely with clouds for most of the day. On Thursday the temperatures will rise again into the low 80’s and there is the possibility of heavy thunderstorms. Friday appears to be a mostly sunny day with temperatures in the low 80’s. On Saturday the temperature will drop into the high 70’s under partly cloudy skies. 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!

Weather for the week of August 7th

The week of August 7th began with a warm, sunny and humid Sunday with temperatures rising into the high 80’s in most areas.  On Monday the temperatures were in the high 80’s but it seemed a little less humid. The morning fog hung around in the valleys but eventually cleared and gave way to blue skies with some puffy white clouds. Tuesday may have been the last really nice day of the week with weather much the same as the previous two days. On Wednesday the thunderstorms move in although the highs will only be in the high 70’s. The high humidity will make it feel like the mid 80’s. The temperatures will rise on Thursday to the mid 80’s but the humidity will make if feel like the mid 90’s. There is also a threat of thunderstorm in the afternoon. Unfortunately, Friday and Saturday will likely repeat this pattern with highs in the mid 80’s but with humidity pushing the “Real Feel” to 100 degrees on Saturday. Thunderstorms especially in the afternoon are very likely. Sunblock and insect repellant would be good additions to your pack. With the varying temperatures and weather conditions, 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 withy you as local water sources can be unreliable and 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!

Weather for the week of July 31st

The week of July 31st began with a warm, sunny and humid Sunday with temperatures rising into the high 80’s in most areas.  On Monday the temperatures were in the 80’s and there were numerous showers throughout the day. Tuesday was a repeat of Monday with showers popping up at odd intervals. The skies finally cleared on Wednesday but the temperatures were in the 80’s with high humidity pushing the “real Fell” even higher. There were a few showers on Thursday interspersed with cloudy skies. The weather finally cleared on Friday with blue skies and white clouds after some early morning fog. The humidity seemed lower also. On Saturday there was a stray shower in the morning but the skies cleared in the late morning and the rest of the day was nice. Sunblock and insect repellant would be good additions to your pack. With the varying temperatures and weather conditions, 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 withy you as local water sources can be unreliable and 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!

Frick and Hodge Ponds

QuickFlynnJul2016_05camera32gps_pictalltrailscaltopomapmyhikeOn Thursday, July 28th I wanted to get in a hike close to home after finishing some work around the house in the morning. I got my gear including my Silky saw to remove at least one lowdown I knew about. Sheila was eager to get in the car and we left Livingston Manor around 10:30 AM to head for Frick Pond. The sky was a little overcast without the nice blue hues and puffy white clouds I like for pictures. I had already decided that I would limit my photography to the before and after pictures of the slowdowns I cleared. We were at the parking area and out on the Quick Lake Trail by 10:45 AM. Sheila was more than ready to get going even though we had hiked Monday and Tuesday. The temperature was in the high 70’s and it was very humid. Continue reading

Shaupeneak Ridge: Blue, Yellow, Orange Aqua Trails

ShaupeneakRidgeBYOAJul2016_04camera32gps_pictalltrailscaltopomapmyhikeOn Tuesday, July 26th I wanted to go back to Shaupeneak Ridge where Kurt and I had hiked some of the trails on Monday. My plan was to hike the rest of the trails finish before the temperature rose into the 90’s! Shaupeneak Ridge which is located on Popletown Road off Old Post Road just off Route 9W in Esopus. From the previous day I knew the drive was shorter than indicate online and that I could make it in just over and hour. I got up early in the morning and got all my gear ready. Sheila was ready to go and we left home a little after 8:00 AM. The temperature was 63 degrees when we left but I knew that it would rise quickly and that it is always warmer and more humid near the Hudson. The forecast called for a heat index of over 90 degrees in Kingston. At least the forecast did not include any thunderstorms for the area and I was glad since we had gotten soaked the day before! Continue reading

Shaupeneak Ridge: White, Red, Green Trails

ShaupeneakRidgeWRGJul2016_06camera32gps_pictalltrailscaltopomapmyhikeOn Monday, July 25th I had plans to hike with my son Kurt somewhere near his home in Poughkeepsie starting at around 10;00 AM. I always prefer to try a new hike if it is possible and I began to look for one. I settled on Shaupeneak Ridge which is located on Old Post Road just off Route 9W in Esopus. The drive seemed to be almost an hour and a half for me but only held an hour for Kurt. Kurt agreed to meet me there at 10:00 AM. I got up early in the morning and got all my gear ready. Sheila had seen my leave the house on both Friday and Saturday in my hiking clothes without taking here along and she did not let me out of her sight until I opened the door for her! When we left Livingston Manor at about 9:35 AM the temperature was already in the low 70’s and the humidity was high. Continue reading

Weather for the week of July 24th

The week of July 24th began with a warm, sunny and humid Sunday with temperatures rising into the high 80’s in most areas.  On Monday the temperatures will rise into the mid 80’s with sun giving way to afternoon and evening thunderstorms. The storms may be severe at times. By Tuesday morning the storms will have cleared out taking some of the humidity with them. Tuesday’s highs will be in the low 80’s under sunny skies. On Wednesday the temperatures will rise into the mid 80’s with sunny skies. The temperatures will continue to rise reaching the high 80’s on Thursday with partly sunny skies. On Friday and Saturday the temperatures will drop into the low 80’s with a chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon on both days. Sunblock and insect repellant would be good additions to your pack. With the varying temperatures and weather conditions, 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 withy you as local water sources can be unreliable and 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!

Bramley Mountain: Trail Maintenance

BramleyMaintenanceJUl2016_02camera32gps_pictalltrailscaltopomapmyhikeOn Friday, July 22nd I decided to respond to a call for help from the Catskill Mountain Club to help do some last minute maintenance on the Bramley Mountain Trails before they officially open on Friday, July 29. Most of the work involved cutting grass, weeds and briars in the more open spots along the trails. The meeting time was 10:00 AM so I left Livingston Manor just after 8:30 AM to make sure I would be on time. I left behind a very disappointed Sheila who always wants to go with me. I felt that since we would be using glowered equipment and sharp blades that she might be in the way. I decided to take the back roads since this was the shortest way. I drove up the Beaverkill Road and took Beech Hill Road to Route 30 where I turned right. Soon I was at the Dunraven Bridge. At the end of the bridge I turned left on Tremperskill Road and followed it into Andes where I turned left on Route 28 North. After 7.5 miles, I turned right on Glen Burnie Road and drove 2.8 miles to the parking area for Bramley Mountain. Continue reading

Hodge and Frick Ponds

FlynnQuickJul2016_01camera32gps_pictalltrailscaltopomapmyhikeOn Thursday,July 21st I was ready to hike after taking a couple of days off. I decided to stay local and head to Hodge and Frick Ponds since I was nursing some blisters I got from a recent racquetball match. I was in no real hurry to get started and left the house at about 10:00 AM. The temperature was only 67 degrees but I knew that the highs for the day were forecast to be in the high 80’s. I drove out DeBruce Road and turned left on Mongaup Road. When we arrived there were no other cars in the lot and we crossed the road to get onto the Flynn Trail at 10:20 AM. I have been wearing a pair of Vasque Taku boots which seem to fit well and are no longer sold by Vasque! Continue reading