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Forum: Hiking in the Adirondacks 11-29-2021, 10:10 AM
Replies: 150
Views: 71,438
Posted By DSettahr
Yeah, it's a good point that the lake, even if...

Yeah, it's a good point that the lake, even if safely frozen, might not necessarily be easy going. But still worth keeping in mind, IMO- there's a few situations in which it might be the easiest...
Forum: Hiking in the Adirondacks 11-29-2021, 07:49 AM
Replies: 150
Views: 71,438
Posted By DSettahr
Yeah, I'd expect slow going on the south and east...

Yeah, I'd expect slow going on the south and east sides of the lake- as slow even as maybe 5 miles per day. You're likely going to be dealing with incredibly deep, unbroken snow along much (if not...
Forum: Paddling in the Adirondacks 11-23-2021, 10:10 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,719
Posted By DSettahr
ACME mapper uses the OpenStreet Map info. A word...

ACME mapper uses the OpenStreet Map info. A word of caution... This is the Wikipedia of maps, which means anyone can edit the info, including adding campsites. Accordingly, the quality of info...
Forum: General Adirondack Discussion 11-10-2021, 01:50 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,043
Posted By DSettahr
You find random pockets of trees in the weirdest...

You find random pockets of trees in the weirdest places. As you gain more and more skill in tree ID, you'll start to notice more and more outliers all over.

There is a single, solitary jack...
Forum: General Adirondack Discussion 11-09-2021, 01:01 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,043
Posted By DSettahr
Last year, I spent a couple of days camped on...

Last year, I spent a couple of days camped on Valcour Island (https://photos.app.goo.gl/KnJM8e4epDmn8QbNA), during which I pretty fully explored most of the island. It doesn't get much lower in...
Forum: Paddling in the Adirondacks 11-09-2021, 11:07 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 962
Posted By DSettahr
Yeah, nothing showing up here for the photos,...

Yeah, nothing showing up here for the photos, either. Google is always messing around with how their hosting works, especially with regards to the default permissions... why I usually use imgur for...
Forum: General Adirondack Discussion 11-09-2021, 10:58 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,043
Posted By DSettahr
Oaks are fairly prevalent in some parts of the...

Oaks are fairly prevalent in some parts of the ADKs- particularly the eastern stretches along Lake Champlain. Same as with my suppositions regarding hickories and why I'd look for them there, I...
Forum: General Adirondack Discussion 11-09-2021, 10:44 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,043
Posted By DSettahr
I'm sure there's a few out there in the ADKs...

I'm sure there's a few out there in the ADKs somewhere, but hickories are even less tolerant of northern/higher elevation growing conditions than even red oaks. If there's any in the Adirondack Park...
Forum: Paddling in the Adirondacks 11-08-2021, 12:06 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 466
Posted By DSettahr
Wednesday is probably your best bet for...

Wednesday is probably your best bet for maximizing site availability, so that's good. The vast majority of the summer camp groups should be downriver by Wednesday night, and it will be a bit too...
Forum: Other Places 11-06-2021, 12:33 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 474
Posted By DSettahr
Current conditions on the Bucktail Path and the Donut Hole Trail?

Calling Jeff Mitchell once again!

Has anyone here recently hiked any portions of either the Bucktail Path or the Donut Hole Trail in PA, and can comment on current trail conditions? I've heard...
Forum: Paddling in the Adirondacks 11-05-2021, 11:58 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 466
Posted By DSettahr
I would not consider any of the camping options...

I would not consider any of the camping options on Long Lake as being anywhere close to "off the beaten path." The same is also true of the lean-to and tent sites on the Raquette River downstream of...
Forum: "By the Fireside" 11-03-2021, 10:36 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,056
Posted By DSettahr
Hmm, intentional crown reduction seems less...

Hmm, intentional crown reduction seems less likely, as if that were the case, then the trees theoretically would have a much more... aesthetic looking crown (even, symmetrical, etc.).

I found...
Forum: "By the Fireside" 11-03-2021, 01:48 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,056
Posted By DSettahr
Do you have any photos? It sort of sounds like...

Do you have any photos? It sort of sounds like based on your description that the oaks with the weird branching pattern may have had a crown reduction at some point.
Forum: Other Places 11-02-2021, 02:24 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 654
Posted By DSettahr
I figure it's a two-pronged impact. For...

I figure it's a two-pronged impact. For starters, like you say, the increased access probably leads to an increased amount of deprecative use (vandalism and the like). So the towers that still...
Forum: Other Places 10-31-2021, 11:37 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 654
Posted By DSettahr
I've often wondered why PA never really...

I've often wondered why PA never really experienced the same level of public interest in preservation and recreational use of the fire towers as we've seen in NY. My assumption would be that it's a...
Forum: Other Places 10-30-2021, 11:09 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 654
Posted By DSettahr
New fire towers in use in PA for wildfire detection

This isn't exactly breaking news, but it's new to me- and I imagine also something that many forum members here are unaware of yet might still be interested to hear about.

Last May, I undertook...
Forum: Northville Placid Trail 10-29-2021, 10:13 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 910
Posted By DSettahr
It's possible that the first three bridges were...

It's possible that the first three bridges were built with the intent to support snowmobiles in the event of needing winter emergency snowmobile access, but more likely that they were built wide for...
Forum: General Adirondack Discussion 10-28-2021, 04:03 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,739
Posted By DSettahr
And unfortunately, information gained through...

And unfortunately, information gained through hiking "apps" and especially social media is often suspect at best in it's accuracy. I encountered a confused group a few weeks ago at Upper Works; they...
Forum: General Adirondack Discussion 10-17-2021, 10:32 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,144
Posted By DSettahr
Yes, skis are permitted when the road is "foot...

Yes, skis are permitted when the road is "foot access only."
Forum: General Adirondack Discussion 10-13-2021, 01:01 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,144
Posted By DSettahr
I thought I read this carefully but it turns out...

I thought I read this carefully but it turns out I didn't... and I was confused. So point of even further clarification for those lacking reading comprehension skills such as myself:

Between...
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