Weather for the week of June 19th

The week of June 19th began with a warm Sunday with temperatures rising as high as 80 in most areas. The sky was bright and sunny with some puffy white clouds. Monday was more of the same with temperatures nearing 90 in some spots. There was a slight breeze at times which was even more noticeable in the heat. The blue sky had a few wispy clouds at times. On Tuesday the temperature again rose into the 80’s in some places although many areas in the Catskills saw only the high 70’s. The sky had only a few clouds and a daze hung around most of the day. On Wednesday the temperatures will reach into the mid-70’s with most sunny skies and a more pleasant feel. The temperatures will drop into the low 70’s on Thursday but the real news will be the thunderstorms rolling through the area for most of the day. The sun returns on Friday when the temperatures will again rise into the high 70’s with mostly sunny skies. The heat will continue into Saturday when the highs will be in the low 80’s with mostly sunny skies all day. With the varying temperatures and weather conditions, be sure you are dressed appropriately in clothing with layers that can be used to manage the changing temperatures. Keeping hydrated when the temperatures are so varied can sometimes be tricky since you may not feel that you are sweating as much as on a hot summer day. Hydrating properly will allow you to hike longer and in greater comfort. 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 June 12th

The week of June 12th began with a cool Sunday with temperatures rising barely as high as 70 in most areas. The sky was overcast with some times of sun and rain seemed to threaten all day. Monday will again by breeze with some clouds and sun and temperature will be in the mid 60’s. The temperature on Tuesday will be in the low 70’s with mostly sunny skies. Wednesday will be partly sunny and the temperatures will rise into the high 70’s. By Thursday more clouds will move in so that the skies will be mostly overcast and the temperatures will drop back into the low 70’s. Clouds will dominate the skies on Friday as the temperatures drop back to 70. The clouds should move it by Saturday and the high will again be in the mid 70’s with plenty of sun. With the varying temperatures and weather conditions, be sure you are dressed appropriately in clothing with layers that can be used to manage the changing temperatures. Keeping hydrated when the temperatures are so varied can sometimes be tricky since you may not feel that you are sweating as much as on a hot summer day. Hydrating properly will allow you to hike longer and in greater comfort. 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 June 5th

The week of June 5th began with a rainy Sunday with temperatures in the mid 60’s for mist of the day. On Monday the temperature will be in the high70;s with the possibility of showers in the late afternoon. The temperature on Tues will be in the mid-70’s and there is a chance of a thunderstorm in spots. The temperature will drop on Wednesday with highs in the low 60’s and the possibility of thunderstorms in some area. On Thursday the highs will be only in the high-50’s with some wind but sunny skies. By Friday the temperature will be back up into the highs 60’s and it will be partly sunny. The trend will continue into Saturday as the temperatures again increase into the mid 760’s with some sun and clouds. With the varying temperatures and weather conditions, be sure you are dressed appropriately in clothing with layers that can be used to manage the changing temperatures. Keeping hydrated when the temperatures are so varied can sometimes be tricky since you may not feel that you are sweating as much as on a hot summer day. Hydrating properly will allow you to hike longer and in greater comfort. 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 May 29th

The week of May 29th began with sunny skies and high temperatures reaching almost 80 degrees on Sunday. There was an occasional breeze to cool things off a bit. The weather on Sunday continued through Wednesday with highs in the high 70’s or low 80’s. The humidity was relatively low but there ewer some clouds and haze especially in the mornings. This weather seems to be going to continue through Saturday although the highs will be in the high 70’s and there may be some clouds especially early on Friday. Saturday will be the warmest day with the high reaching 80 degrees in some places. Morning lows will still be in the 50’s most days. With the varying temperatures and weather conditions, be sure you are dressed appropriately in clothing with layers that can be used to manage the changing temperatures. Keeping hydrated when the temperatures are so varied can sometimes be tricky since you may not feel that you are sweating as much as on a hot summer day. Hydrating properly will allow you to hike longer and in greater comfort. 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

FrickHodgeMay2016_05camera32gps_pictalltrailscaltopomapmyhikeOn Wednesday, June 1st Sheila and I were ready to get out of the house after a busy Memorial Day weekend had kept us out of the woods. I got my gear in the car and tried to contain an ecstatic Shiela as I drove out the DeBruce Road toward Frick Pond. I had thought about going somewhere else but I wanted to try using the Avenza app on my iPhone to follow a map of the big loop around Frick and Hodge Ponds. I had created this map myself from a track I had from my GPS and it appeared in the app when I opened it up on my phone. I wanted to see if it would perform like other maps I had downloaded and allow me to follow my progress along the track as I hiked. After about 6 miles, I turned left on the Mongaup Pond and stayed left on Beech Mountain Road at the fork. There was one car in the parking area as I pulled in at just before 10:00 AM. I got my gear ready to go and headed out the Quick Lake Trail toward Frick Pond. Continue reading

Hodge Lookout and Frick Pond

HodgeLookoutFrickPondMay2016_09camera32gps_pictalltrailscaltopomapmyhikeOn Saturday, May 28th I wanted to hike somewhere with Sheila and son-in-law Brad. I was still tired from 12 hours of track meet the day before and slept a little later than usual. There were thunderstorms predicted by 2:00 PM so I decided to again go to Frick Pond since it was near and would probably less populated on the busy weekend. I thought we might hike the Flynn Trail to the Hodge Pond Lookout and then hike back using the Flynn Trail and Quick Lake trails since I was looking for a longer hike. Brad and I got our gear in the car and put an excited Shiela in the back seat as I drove out the DeBruce Road toward Frick Pond. After about 6 miles, I turned left on the Mongaup Pond and stayed left on Beech Mountain Road at the fork. There a few cars in the parking area as I pulled in at just after 10:00 AM. As I was getting my gear ready to go, a mountain biker stopped to ask about the trails. I directed him up the Flynn Trail and over the snowmobile trail to Mongaup Pond where he was staying. Continue reading

Weather for the week of May 22nd

The week of May 22nd began with a sunny skies and cool temperatures on Sunday. The morning skies were bright blue with puffy clouds and slight breeze. Showers threatened but stayed away from most areas. The high temperature was in the high 50’s and there was a cooling breeze. On Monday the temperature rose into the low 70’s and the predicted thunderstorms never showed up. There was only a slight breeze to add a cooling effect. Tuesday was even warmer with some overcast skies in the afternoon and the highs were in the high 70s. Wednesday the highs will reach into the low 80’s and there will be plenty of sun. Thursday through Saturday the sun and high temperatures will remain but there is a chance of showers and thunderstorms each day especially in the afternoon. With the varying temperatures and weather conditions, be sure you are dressed appropriately in clothing with layers that can be used to manage the changing temperatures. Keeping hydrated when the temperatures are so varied can sometimes be tricky since you may not feel that you are sweating as much as on a hot summer day. Hydrating properly will allow you to hike longer and in greater comfort. 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 May 22nd

The week of May 22nd began with a sunny skies and cool temperatures on Sunday. The morning skies were bright blue with puffy clouds and slight breeze. Showers threatened but stayed away from most areas. The high temperature was in the high 50’s and there was a cooling breeze. On Monday the temperature rose into the low 70’s and the predicted thunderstorms never showed up. There was only a slight breeze to add a cooling effect. Tuesday was even warmer with some overcast skies in the afternoon and the highs were in the high 70s. Wednesday the highs will reach into the low 80’s and there will be plenty of sun. Thursday through Saturday the sun and high temperatures will remain but there is a chance of showers and thunderstorms each day especially in the afternoon. With the varying temperatures and weather conditions, be sure you are dressed appropriately in clothing with layers that can be used to manage the changing temperatures. Keeping hydrated when the temperatures are so varied can sometimes be tricky since you may not feel that you are sweating as much as on a hot summer day. Hydrating properly will allow you to hike longer and in greater comfort. 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 May 15th

The week of May 15th began with a sunny skies and cool temperatures on Sunday. The morning skies were bright blue with puffy clouds and a few snow flakes. This gave way to scattered showers and wind in the afternoon. The high temperature was in the mid 50’s and there was a cooling breeze. On Monday the temperature rose into the mid 60’s but strong winds with stronger gusts made the day feel much cooler. On Tuesday it will be cloudy until late afternoon with the possibility of showers throughout the day. The sun may break through in late afternoon but the highs may not reach 60 degrees. Wednesday through Friday it will be dry and partly sunny as the temperature steadily increases to a high of 70  degrees on Friday. Saturday will also be sunny in the morning with some clouds moving in by afternoon and highs in the high 60’s. With the varying temperatures and weather conditions, be sure you are dressed appropriately in clothing with layers that can be used to manage the changing temperatures. Keeping hydrated when the temperatures are so varied can sometimes be tricky since you may not feel that you are sweating as much as on a hot summer day. Hydrating properly will allow you to hike longer and in greater comfort. 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 May 8th

The week of May 8th began with a beautiful, sunny Sunday with bright blue skies and puffy white clouds. The high temperature was in the mid 60’s and there was a cooling breeze at times.The forecast for Monday through Thursday of this week looks very much the same each day. There will be partly to mostly sunny skies and the high temperatures will start at 60 degrees on Monday and work their way to 71 degrees on Thursday. Unfortunately clouds carrying rain will work their way into the area by Thursday night. Friday will have periods of rain which may taper off by the afternoon. Saturday morning may be cloudy but their will be rain by Saturday afternoon. With the varying temperatures and weather conditions, be sure you are dressed appropriately in clothing with layers that can be used to manage the changing temperatures. Keeping hydrated when the temperatures are so varied can sometimes be tricky since you may not feel that you are sweating as much as on a hot summer day. Hydrating properly will allow you to hike longer and in greater comfort. 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!