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Forum: Hiking in the Adirondacks 02-26-2018, 01:46 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,236
Posted By whcobbs
giardia

In the ADKs and northern Maine beaver are a big source of Giardia. Any water in a beaver drainage is probably infected. Filtration works against Giardia, iodine is not reliable. Evacuation from the...
Forum: General Adirondack Discussion 01-01-2018, 07:37 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,687
Posted By whcobbs
wiiawiwb-- I'm a fan of Steger Mukluks. It's...

wiiawiwb--
I'm a fan of Steger Mukluks. It's worth pointing out that although they rank very high for warmth, comfort, and light weight, the only traction they accept is snowshoes. It took me...
Forum: Hiking in the Adirondacks 02-16-2017, 12:00 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,406
Posted By whcobbs
Tenderfoot-- Trying to do the Indian Pass...

Tenderfoot--
Trying to do the Indian Pass Traverse a couple of years ago I had to turn back because I had packed an alcohol stove, inadequate for snow melting with my restricted fuel supply when...
Forum: Hiking in the Adirondacks 02-16-2017, 11:48 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,406
Posted By whcobbs
The trail toward Siamese Ponds via LT from 11th...

The trail toward Siamese Ponds via LT from 11th Mountain TH was active with XC day hikers, and myself on SS for overnight 10 d ago, pretty much snow added since, should be good.
Walt
Forum: Hiking in the Adirondacks 12-19-2016, 11:59 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 10,538
Posted By whcobbs
Infectious agents could be an issue, too. Does...

Infectious agents could be an issue, too. Does anyone know whether fallen snow in beaver country carries Giardia? If the answer is yes, then the melt water from snow should be boiled, in addition to...
Forum: Hiking in the Adirondacks 02-04-2016, 01:23 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,064
Posted By whcobbs
Yet another 2 cents that's worked for me in the...

Yet another 2 cents that's worked for me in the coldest months; use a 2 lb synthetic bag, next to skin a silnylon rain (vapor barrier) suit, over it elastic lycra, then your damp clothes, including...
Forum: Trip Reports 02-19-2014, 12:45 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 856
Posted By whcobbs
Gorgeous pix! I am hoping to SS Indian Pass N...

Gorgeous pix!
I am hoping to SS Indian Pass N to S from Heart Lake starting March 1. Do you think this is realistic? Any hope?

Walt
Forum: Hiking in the Adirondacks 03-29-2013, 01:24 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,192
Posted By whcobbs
Norm, Thanks for sharing your experience. I...

Norm,

Thanks for sharing your experience. I concluded that for "intimate landscapes" (no horizon), sat phones just aren't very practical. In an emergency, an injured party won't be able to send...
Forum: Hiking in the Adirondacks 03-13-2013, 08:32 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,664
Posted By whcobbs
Pharaoh Lake

Tanston,

Four years ago I snowshoed Pharaoh on 36" of snow pack in the second week of March, and also encountered a significant snowstorm. All trails were clearly marked and well broken out, with...
Forum: Hiking in the Adirondacks 03-12-2013, 09:14 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,192
Posted By whcobbs
satellite phone, E Sacandaga bridge

This was my first try at a satellite phone. Globalcom of Dallas TX provided rental via FedEx of an Iridium 9505 (midweight, 14 oz) . The instrument seems to belong to the early 1990's, smart it is...
Forum: Hiking in the Adirondacks 03-08-2013, 01:47 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,192
Posted By whcobbs
Snow Pack, E Sacandaga Leanto, 3/7/2013

I get to answer my own question.

March 6&7 I shoed in from Rt 8 Siamese Ponds TH to the shelter at the suspension footbridge over the E Sacandaga. Snow depth was 20 to 25 inches,...
Forum: Hiking in the Adirondacks 02-21-2013, 03:54 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,192
Posted By whcobbs
Anyone able to say what the snow pack is in...

Anyone able to say what the snow pack is in Siamese Ponds?
Walt 2/21/2013
Forum: Northville Placid Trail 09-27-2010, 08:18 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 12,507
Posted By whcobbs
David Boomhower

I was able to read some portion of David's journal via web a few years ago. Yes, certainly he did make mistakes, but what stuck with me was the fact that he wasn't any worse prepared than many other...
Forum: Gear, Food, and Survival Topics 12-01-2009, 05:21 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,977
Posted By whcobbs
winter layering

'droid--

DSettahr just gave you a good approach. Here's a slightly different one, more aimed toward lightweight backpacking as your experience level extends.
Layers from skin out: (1)...
Forum: Northville Placid Trail 11-02-2009, 12:01 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 7,766
Posted By whcobbs
winter NPT

Hillman1--

I still hunger over this idea. I collected waypoints on an August NPT thru-hike in 2002. In the meantime I have extended my winter wilderness snowshoe experience in Pharaoh Wilderness...
Forum: Northville Placid Trail 10-15-2009, 11:40 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 7,766
Posted By whcobbs
winter thu-hike of NPT

Brian,

The reigning expert on this topic would have to be DSettahr, who frequently visits this forum. Together with members of an outing club, he accomplished a winter thru-hike, broken into...
Forum: Northville Placid Trail 04-07-2009, 04:20 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,722
Posted By whcobbs
fritz-- A few years ago I had the notion of...

fritz--
A few years ago I had the notion of thru-snowshoeing the NPT, which never happened, but I did correspond a bit on the subject. In the 1980's a group of Navy Seals attempted to through-ski...
Forum: Hiking in the Adirondacks 04-07-2009, 03:50 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,738
Posted By whcobbs
Pharaoh Lake Trail

wjgood--

The other side of the sign Justin pictured above says "East shore trail" and of course points the other way. I visited the sign 9 March 09 after snow shoeing down from Oxshoe Pond Leanto...
Forum: Hiking in the Adirondacks 01-21-2009, 05:29 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,593
Posted By whcobbs
Justin and the rest-- Thanks for the super trip...

Justin and the rest--
Thanks for the super trip report. Looks like ice is not a problem on the top of Pharoah and the snow is bountiful.
Walt
Forum: Hiking in the Adirondacks 01-16-2009, 05:30 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,593
Posted By whcobbs
Pharoah

Please give us a Trail Condition/Trip Report, as lots of us would like to know the snow conditions, skis vs snowshoes, etc. for the Pharoah Wilderness currently.

Happy Trails,
Walt
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