Weather for the week of December 9th

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!

Weather for the week of December 2nd

The week of December 2nd began with a cool Sunday with overcast skies and highs in the low 40’s. There was some sun in the afternoon. Monday will be partly sunny with highs in the mid 40’s. On Tuesday the temperatures will rise again into the low 50’s under cloudy skies with a chance of afternoon showers. Wednesday will be much cooler with highs only in the high 30’s with clouds giving way to some sun. The temperatures will continue to drop on Thursday when the highs will be in the low 30’s with periods of clouds and sun. Friday will be cloudy and the cooling trend will continue with highs barely making it into the 30’s. Saturday will be cloudy with highs in the mid 30’s. When the weather is warm, a rain shower sometimes feels good. In cooler weather wet clothing and a light breeze can be the start of hypothermia. When the weather conditions are constantly changing with cold mornings and cool afternoons, 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!

Weather for the week of November 26th

The week of November 26th began with a cool Sunday with overcast skies and highs were in the high 30’s. A stiff breeze all day made it seem even cooler. Monday will be partly sunny with highs in the high 30’s. On Tuesday the temperatures will rise again into the mid 40’s under partly sunny skies. Wednesday will also the partly sunny as the temperatures again increase reaching the high 40’s. On Thursday there will be periods of sun and clouds but the highs will drop into the low 40’s. Friday will be cloudy with a possibility of showers with highs in the mid 40’s. Saturday will have some sun and clouds with highs in the low 40’s. When the weather is warm, a rain shower sometimes feels good. In cooler weather wet clothing and a light breeze can be the start of hypothermia. When the weather conditions are constantly changing with coid mornings and cool afternoons, 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!

Weather for the week of November 19th

The week of November 19th began with a cool Sunday with bright blue skies and plenty of sun. The highs were in the mid 40’s. Monday was overcast and cool with highs barely reaching 40 degrees. There was moisture in the air most of the day as a heavy mist or light snow. On Tuesday the highs reached the low 50’s with plenty of sun and very few clouds. Wednesday was overcast with periods of snowflakes ion the air. The highs never made it to 40 degrees and there was a light wind most of the time. On Thursday it will be partly sunny but the highs will only be in the mid 30’s. No precipitation is in the forecast. On Friday it will be mostly sunny with highs reaching into the low 40’s. Saturday will see more sun with highs in the mid 40’s and the possibility of a shower. When the weather is warm, a rain shower sometimes feels good. In cooler weather wet clothing and a light breeze can be the start of hypothermia. When the weather conditions are constantly changing with coid mornings and cool afternoons, 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!

Weather for the week of November 12th

The week of November 12th began with a cool Sunday with bright blue skies and plenty of sun. The highs were in the mid 30’s. ON Monday there may be a winery mix of snow and sleet in the morning with little accumulation. The highs will reach will reach the low 40’s with some sun in the afternoon. Wednesday will see a blend of clouds and sun with highs in the low 40’s. It will be mostly cloudy and Thursday with the possibility of a shower and highs in the mid 40’s. On Friday the high will be 40 degrees with mostly sunny skies. Friday there may be some morning drizzle under otherwise cloudy skies with highs in the mid 40s’. When the weather is warm, a rain shower sometimes feels good. In cooler weather wet clothing and a light breeze can be the start of hypothermia. When the weather conditions are constantly changing with cool mornings and warm afternoons, be sure you are dressed appropriately in clothing which will wick away moisture to allow further moisture to evaporate and cool your body. 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!

Weather for the week of November 5th

The week of November 5th begins with rainy Sunday with highs in the mid 50’s. The rain should be spotty showers in scattered areas. The showers will continue into Monday but the highs will be in the low 60’s! Tuesday will be partly sunny but cooler with highs in the high 40’s. Wednesday will be sunnier but the highs will still be only in the high 40’s. Thursday will be much the same with sun and highs again in the high 40’s. Friday will be sunny and slightly warmer with highs in the low 50’s. Saturday will be a repeat of Friday with sun and highs in the low 50’s. When the weather is warm, a rain shower sometimes feels good. In cooler weather wet clothing and a light breeze can be the start of hypothermia. When the weather conditions are constantly changing with cool mornings and warm afternoons, be sure you are dressed appropriately in clothing which will wick away moisture to allow further moisture to evaporate and cool your body. 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!

Weather for the week of 10/29/17

The week of October 29th begins with rainy and breezy Sunday with highs in the low 60’s. The rain may be heavy at times causing local flooding. The rain may continue into Monday morning and the rest of the day will be cloudy and cool with highs in the high 40’s! Tuesday will be partly sunny but now warmer with highs in the high 40’s. The cool weather will stick around on Wednesday with highs in the mid 40’s and the possibility of some showers. Thursday will be warmer but there is a chance of a passing shower with temperatures rising into the mid 50’s under cloudy skies. On Friday there is still a chance of showers and some drizzle with highs in the mid 50’s. Saturday will see a couple of showers and cloudy skies with highs in the mid 50’s. When the weather is warm, a rain shower sometimes feels good. In cooler weather wet clothing and a light breeze can be the start of hypothermia. When the weather conditions are constantly changing with cool mornings and warm afternoons, be sure you are dressed appropriately in clothing which will wick away moisture to allow further moisture to evaporate and cool your body. 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!

Westkill

camera32gps_pictalltrailscaltopomapmyhikeOn Saturday, October 28th, I was ready to do a more challenging hike than I can do when I have cross country practice in the afternoon. I had planned to go north and do the Blacks getting a start no later than 8:00 AM. I woke up a little later than I thought I might and asked Cody if she would like to go and She said she would. I knew that Sunday would be a washout due to a forecast of heavy rain and that I would be tied up as school nurse on Monday.The temperature in the morning was 33 degrees so we didn’t hurry to get ready. I put on tights an wore my Mammut hoody as I do not like to be cold. I also took a light hat and gloves. Sheila was ecstatic to be going anywhere which is her usual state. We got everything in the car and pulled out of Livingston Manor a little after 9:00 AM. We headed out DeBruce Road and turned left on Route 47 at the end to head toward Big Indian and Route 28. There were a few cars at the Biscuit Brook parking area but the Slide Mountain parking area was beginning to fill up. By the time we passed the parking for Giant Ledge and Panther they were beginning to park along the road. As we passed these pots where we have hiked before Sheila would “moan” as if she was asking me if we could stop and hike. Continue reading

Kelly Hollow: Figure 8

camera32gps_pictalltrailscaltopomapmyhikeOn Sunday, October 22nd I wanted to get in a hike after church as the weather was warm and beautiful. When we got home I suggested we go to hike at Kelly Hollow as we had not been there in since January! The hike is only about 4 miles but there are some interesting sites including a stream that runs between the trail out and the trail back. There is also a beaver pond on the trail with a lean-to. We got Sheila and our gear in the car and headed toward Roscoe on Old Route 17 little after 1:00 PM. I turned right on the Beaverkill Road and drove through Lew Beach to Turnwood where I turned left on the Barkaboom Road. I drove to the end of the Barkaboom Road band turned right at the Pepacton Reservoir On BWS 9. After 4.5 miles, I turned right on Millbrook Road and continued 5.25 miles to the parking lot for Kelly Hollow on the right. We parked at 1:40 PM next to the only car in the lot. I took a moment to set my GPS before starting our hike at 1:45 PM by heading out on the trail marked with yellow XC skiing blazes. Continue reading

Weather for the week of October 22nd

The week of October 22nd begins with a warm day with high clouds and highs in the low 70’s. Monday will be cooler and mild with some sun and then clouds with highs in the mid 60’s. Tuesday will also be mild with highs in the mid 60’s but there will be clouds and showers throughout the day. Wednesday will be cooler band cloudy most of the day with highs in the high 50’s. Thursday will be even cooler with temperatures dropping into the low 50’s under partly sunny skies. Friday will see a mixture of clouds and sun with highs in the mid 50’s. Saturday will be sunny and pleasant with highs risi9ng into the low 60’s. Remember that getting a sunburn or an overexposure to the sun’s UV rays is possible even in the fall. Protect yourself at all times. When the weather conditions are constantly changing with cool mornings and warm afternoons, be sure you are dressed appropriately in clothing which will wick away moisture to allow further moisture to evaporate and cool your body. 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!