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

Weather for the week of July 17th

The week of July 17th began with a warm and sunny Sunday with temperatures rising into the high 70’s in most areas. The humidity seemed a little lower and the skies were blue with puffy white clouds. On Monday the temperatures will rise into the mid 80’s with some 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 mid 70’s under sunny skies. On Wednesday the temperatures will rise into the high 70’s with sunny skies. The temperatures will continue to rise reaching low to mid 80’s on Thursday with partly sunny skies. By Friday the temperatures will rise into the high 80’s with partly sunny skies. Saturday will see highs hitting the 90’s in some places with increasing humidity. There will be a mix of sun and clouds. 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!

Shavertown Trail

ShavertownJul2016_01camera32gps_pictalltrailscaltopomapmyhikeOn Sunday, July 17th, Cindy and I had decided to hike the Shavertown Trail near the Dunraven Bridge across the Pepacton Reservoir after church. I asked Cindy if I should invite Debbie, a friend from church, and she quickly agreed. Even though it was VERY short notice, Debbie agreed and we arranged for her to meet us at our house at around 1:00 PM. We went home a got ready and Debbie arrived promptly at 1:00 PM> After a short introduction to Sheila, we got our gear in Cindy’s car and left Livingston Manor. I was glad Debbie was OK with sharing the backseat with Sheila and Sheila for her part behaved well. The Shavertown Trail is one area where trails have been constructed by the Catskill Mountain Club on land opened to public use by the DEP. The trail descriptions has a pond with a view of the reservoir and another trail through the forest along some old access roads. The total distance is about 5 miles. Continue reading

Palmer Hill

PalmerHillJul2016_06camera32gps_pictalltrailscaltopomapmyhikeOn Saturday, July 16th I wanted to continue my hiking for the day after completing the 3.7 mile Andes Rail Trail and Bullet Hole Spur Trail in Andes. I left 266 Depot Street in Andes and drove eat on Route 28 South. Around two miles from town I started watching for Finkle Road on the left. It was easy to find as there are signs for the Palmer Hill lookout. I parked and got out of the car to take some pictures from the viewpoint. The view from the parking area was great. A signboard showed a picture of the view with all the peaks and hills labeled. All the peaks from Balsam Lake and Graham through Doubletop and Balsam were visible. There was less haze in the air than I had seen on other visits. The temperature was in the high 70’s and the humidity seemed high. Continue reading