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  1. Nessmuk

    Put that GPS on a Leash!

    Right, even a simple lapel compass could have been enough to save much grief. So much the better along with a map in a sturdy wind and water proof protective case. Regardless of where you roam, there is the unwritten "rule of up", which means that as long as you continue to travel in an overall...
  2. Nessmuk

    Making lemonade

    I believe the change was made so that official measurments are taken on a flat board out in the open. The board is measured for snow depth and then scraped each hour to accumulate uncompressed snow depth each hour. If it is not done this way and allowed to accumulate in total, the snow...
  3. Nessmuk

    Not a snow dump up north

    8 inches and it seems to have stopped herer on the eastern edge of Tug Hill NY, western edge of the Adirondacks. I had planned to wait until Monday to blow out my driveway, but I did it Sunday afternoon instead under a cloudy but no snow sky. 8 inches is nothing compared to a normal usual Lake...
  4. Nessmuk

    Making lemonade

    I do have a steel roof, quite old, with multiple layers of protective aluminum asphalt coatings, making it somewhat rough and easy for a first layer of ice to stick instead of sliding off. I believe it was around 1977 when this area received as much as 400 inches of snow that season, and often...
  5. Nessmuk

    Making lemonade

    I don't remember if this photo was the first, second, third, or fourth roof shoveling of the season. it is a an old (>50 yrs) cabin hand built by my father without power tools and I may go more there in winter often than absolutely necessary after heavy lake effect snowfalls to ensure it is...
  6. Nessmuk

    100 days and counting - Eclipse in Northern NH - Where you going to be ?

    There are some who like to watch an extended duration of the diamond ring effect by stationing themselves on the line of the very edge of totality. Miss it by 100 yards and you miss the beauty of totality ompletely. But for me, nothing beats being within the maximum zone of center line...
  7. Nessmuk

    100 days and counting - Eclipse in Northern NH - Where you going to be ?

    My home is barely within the region of totality near the western edge of the Adirondacks. But my brother has a (formerly family shared) camp on the shore of Lake Ontario near Watertown that is directly on the center line. my daughter has a home west of Plattsburgh that is also on center line. I...
  8. Nessmuk

    Making lemonade

    Although I do miss the usual deep snow backcountry XC skiing in my area, I do not miss the necessity of skiing on two miles of highly active snowmobile trail with endless parades of 70mph machines whizzing by me as I ski on the side of the unplowed road/trail to take me 3/4 of the way toward my...
  9. Nessmuk

    Its Orange Season again

    Not required for non-hunters in NY, only if accompanying a hunter in the field. From the NYSDEC hunting regulation: Fluorescent Orange & Fluorescent Pink Clothing Requirements Any person hunting deer or bear with a firearm or a person who is accompanying someone hunting deer or bear with a...
  10. Nessmuk

    Solo hiking a badge of honor?

    I too have spent most of my wilderness travel solo. I prefer off trail rather than on hiighly traveled trails. I use a trail as a means to get me to a place where I can get off ttrail. When I travel and navigate solo I have only myself to blame for mistakes made of any kind. There is no debate...
  11. Nessmuk

    Lost Hiker Found on Bear Cam

    During the past few Adirondack SAR incidents I have been on, if the subject's direction of travel is unknown, one of the first things we look for is locally placed trail cameras along suspect trails and possible routes of travel. They often pay off.
  12. Nessmuk

    Solo hiking a badge of honor?

    Speaking of solo accomplishment and failure, how about this attempted hamster wheel Atlantic crossing guy? https://news.yahoo.com/florida-man-arrested-trying-cross-160252960.html Hiking and multi-day camping trips solo were never a big thing for me. My father was usually a solo hunter in the...
  13. Nessmuk

    A10s buzzing the notches

    Ahh, the sound and sights of freedom! A-10s and other fighter jets will usually fly in pairs in tactical practice training. When F-16s previously were stationed and flew out of Syracuse I would often see them doing the same thing over the Adiorndacks. One reason, perhaps, why my son became an...
  14. Nessmuk

    SAR Discussion -

    During guide training, it is stressed, with numerous bad outcome examples on the books, that a group is never split up, leaving some part of the group behind to fend for themselves, especially if someone is having difficulty traveling or is injured. This responsibility is on the group "leader"...
  15. Nessmuk

    Total Solar Eclipse - April 8, 2024

    Obviously making a statement like that proves one has no concept of what a comet actually is, much less an eclipse.
  16. Nessmuk

    Total Solar Eclipse - April 8, 2024

    By the way, the reason it may not do anything for you is that is is not an astrological event in any way. It is an astonomical event. Nothing to do with what "sign" you are born under. For people who enjoy learning and experiencing sciences and events greater than what humans can create, it is...
  17. Nessmuk

    Total Solar Eclipse - April 8, 2024

    81F and bright sunny robin's egg blue sky today at my place in the Adirondacks with multiple patches of snow still in the woods.
  18. Nessmuk

    Total Solar Eclipse - April 8, 2024

    That treat is a major understatement. You will never forget any eclipse you ever see. Don't settle for anything less. even up to 99% totality, nothing beats seeing the sharp edge of the shadow wall rushing toward you at 1000 mph as you go under fully 100% total.
  19. Nessmuk

    Hope for delaying Dementia among Outdoor Curmudgeons

    Look carefully at this video clip to the end. Which of these kids do you think is most aware of and will ever appreciate their surroundings? Handheld GPS or cell phones, may be good tools for their intended purposes, but focussed misuse will result in brain mush. I have even seen people walk...
  20. Nessmuk

    Hope for delaying Dementia among Outdoor Curmudgeons

    Most of my backcountry trips have multiple goals. The "published" goal is to reach some remote backcountry destination and return along some potential stated route(s). This will give SAR some place to look if I do not return home on time. But in many cases my more personal important goal is to...
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