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    Blackhead, Northdome & Thomas Cole

    On Sunday, the 15th, two of us and a dog did an in and out from the end of Maplecrest Road. The last 50 yards to the parking area were unplowed and quite icy. Well packed trails meant that we wore...
  2. Thanks to the DEC Coordination and Training a Four-Year Old Boy is Saved

    I have in the past criticized the DEC in Region 3 for failing to utilize potential resources to enable rapid and effective response to missing personís searches, particularly as a result of a tragedy...
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    I have the older stabilizer label, bought at...

    I have the older stabilizer label, bought at Campmor this fall, and apart from the screws loosening up, with a couple falling out, I also had a problem with the velcro on the straps coming unstitched...
  4. ATV enforcement can be difficult, and even...

    ATV enforcement can be difficult, and even dangerous for the officers involved. Cooperation from local law enforcement is needed. This can be complicated by the fact that many cops are quad riders,...
  5. I have talked to rangers who are assigned to the...

    I have talked to rangers who are assigned to the area about the rampant abuse of the area by ATVs, and they told me they were just as frustrated as I was. When they have attempted to apprehend...
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    This is the quote that most disturbed me, it...

    This is the quote that most disturbed me, it implies that at least one person in the party hoped to see avalanche conditions. When my party climbed half way up the slide in dangerous conditions some...
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    I've only climbed the Macomb slide a couple of...

    I've only climbed the Macomb slide a couple of times in winter, once in heavy deep new snow. This was before the deadly avalanche on Wright, and none of us carried shovels, avalanche probes or...
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    Even in the Catskills, the snow seems very...

    Even in the Catskills, the snow seems very avalanche prone. We were at Bearpen on Sunday, at the top of the old ski slopes, and the snow made a series of very ominous crumps as we traversed them. ...
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    I have only come up the ski run road a couple of...

    I have only come up the ski run road a couple of times, as it is a longer drive for me, though admitedly nicer. The perspective from that direction is different.

    I have GPSd it , and I use a...
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    Really Mark, only a couple of inches? Looking at...

    Really Mark, only a couple of inches? Looking at the topo it is more like 10 to 20 feet. It may be silly nitpicking, but if you can go up from where you are, you are not at the top, even if it is...
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    One interesting point is that the summit of...

    One interesting point is that the summit of Bearpen is marked on the 7.5' Prattsville USGS quad as being on a lesser spur of Bearpen at an elevation of 3520', while simple counting of contour lines...
  12. I have the Gaia Noon-sight map case, but I find...

    I have the Gaia Noon-sight map case, but I find it too bulky. I prefer The Ortleib map case http://www.ortliebusa.com/cartgenie/prodInfo.asp?pid=47&cid=2
    It is totally waterproof, with a roll top...
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    I have found that drinking hot electrolyte drinks...

    I have found that drinking hot electrolyte drinks can be most beneficial in winter, but I prefer Hydralite (Gookinaide) to Gatoraide, as it is less sweet. I carry the foil drink mix packets and mix...
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    I think they were hiking the cliffs above Perkins...

    I think they were hiking the cliffs above Perkins Drive, on the south western slope of Bear Mt. The big issue there would be the possiblity of knocking rocks down onto cars. Yes, technically,...
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    Here are some sources:...

    Here are some sources:
    http://www.mec.ca/Products/product_listing.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374302698935&bmUID=1167738927903...
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    There is a wood road that goes up toward Bearpen...

    There is a wood road that goes up toward Bearpen from the hunters shack in the col. Follow the level track north for about two hundred yards, then take the one that slants up toward the ridge. Just...
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    You could try the parking area for the herd path...

    You could try the parking area for the herd path up Halcott (It's shown on the TC map). There is a pulloff just past a small waterfall on Rt 42, just before the height of land. If you walk in along...
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    There is a lot more than the AT at High Point. ...

    There is a lot more than the AT at High Point. The Monument trail does a nice ridgetop loop from the Monument Parking lot, but it is less than three miles. There is also a parking lot just south of...
  19. That doesn't sound so long ago to me. I walked...

    That doesn't sound so long ago to me. I walked the old route and helped build the new route on Scaghticote Mt. There were two hold-ups, building the Ten Mile River Bridge and an influential land...
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    I just returned from that search this weekend,...

    I just returned from that search this weekend, off-trail travel in that area is very difficult. It took us two hours to make a 1,000 meter sweep. Teams were being inserted by helicopter and walking...
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    Yes. We started at Bogus Mountain in Bethel. ...

    Yes. We started at Bogus Mountain in Bethel. There were no blazes, but the route north was very well marked with pink ribbon. The route went down to Mountain Pond, and once there, was less well...
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    The shelter is about two thirds of the way up the...

    The shelter is about two thirds of the way up the hill, far enough up to give the party animals pause. The spring has been known to dry up, but is sure to be running now. Just 1/3 of a mile beyond...
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    That is really good news that these areas have...

    That is really good news that these areas have been linked. There are maps availble for most of the areas here:
    http://www.ctpath.org/maps.html
    http://www.rosaopenspace.org/news/trailmaps.html...
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    I wear the rough out all leather Cresta Hiker as...

    I wear the rough out all leather Cresta Hiker as my primary hiking boot and am very happy with it. I had the all leather smooth Cresta Hiker and much of the leather around the toe abraded, causing...
  25. Every time there is a black bear attack, the bear...

    Every time there is a black bear attack, the bear advocates trot out the well worn myth that black bears are harmless. This is nonsense, black bears are opportunistic predators and will take any...
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