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perrito
05-09-2013, 12:38
As stated HERE (https://www.hammockforums.net/forum/showthread.php?t=69457) :eek:, I intend to hike the AT in NY northbound from the NY/NJ border to Rt. 9D north of the Bear Mtn. Bridge 5/16-5/19. If the weather forecast sucks for Thursday and Friday, I may slide the days to 5/17-5/20 or 5/18-5/21.
I hope to hike the rest of NY in bits this year and welcome other friendly company.
If anyone's interested, just PM me. :D

Silent Bob
05-09-2013, 21:07
If my son didn't have his prom that weekend I would join you. I need to complete bear mountain bridge to Hoyt rd. fishbait and I are supposed to do it but no dates are set. Let me know when you want to go. I have a lot of time off from work, so my schedule is felixable.

perrito
05-09-2013, 22:11
Here's a spreadsheet of my plans north of Bear Mtn. Bridge.

Note - The mileage start and end numbers are for the 2009 AT I found online.
Also, I've downloaded the GPX files for this hike from Backpacker/Trimble Outdoors and had a spreadsheet calculate the elevation gain/loss and the "GPS" distance. This data is in the last 3 columns. I use this information to help gauge the difficulty of a planned day.

I also planned on the AT RR station as a break point in case I needed to use public transportation.

nickgann
05-10-2013, 05:21
Hey man ill be up that way next year toward fall if you like it enough to swing in again and join me.

Hope you love your time on the trail man!

Suede
05-10-2013, 05:24
I am out with the meniscus tear. Surgery on the 24th, but if you need any shuttling give me a holler. I can pm you my cell #. Only bad day for me is Sunday. I have to drive to fredonia and back to pick up my daughter from school.

Have a great hike!

perrito
05-10-2013, 06:35
Hey man ill be up that way next year toward fall if you like it enough to swing in again and join me.

Hope you love your time on the trail man!
Hey Nick,
Be sure to post here when you're in the area. I'm sure you'll get some company, even if it's just a night at camp.


I am out with the meniscus tear. Surgery on the 24th, but if you need any shuttling give me a holler. I can pm you my cell #. Only bad day for me is Sunday. I have to drive to fredonia and back to pick up my daughter from school.

Have a great hike!
Hey Space..,
Good luck on that knee operation. We'll figure out some way to hang out, maybe this fall. Even if it's just a car camp to keep you from getting stir crazy.
Thanx for the shuttle offer. I'm not too far from the start and finished for the wife to refuse my demands for rides. :rolleyes:

Suede
05-10-2013, 08:05
Hey Nick,
Hey Space..,
Good luck on that knee operation. We'll figure out some way to hang out, maybe this fall. Even if it's just a car camp to keep you from getting stir crazy.
Thanx for the shuttle offer. I'm not too far from the start and finished for the wife to refuse my demands for rides. :rolleyes:

Thanks Perrito. I am really hoping to be able to do some backpacking by August latest. If you are interested in another AT section in PA, a friend of mine is setting up a 50 mi. section 8/2-8/5 if you're interested. It is with the AMC but membership is not required. These trips have an 8 person max. I am going to try to make this one. There is also another section of the AT in PA by the same leader 7/12-15. If you want more info, you can go to the http://www.amc-ny.org (AMC web site) and search the backpacking group for leader Zarb. If I'm not ready to do a trip, a car camp or a short in/out would be great! I will be going crazy looking at some new gear I have on order! ;)

JollyGreen
05-10-2013, 08:18
Space, I had my knee scoped last summer, took out 30% of my medial meniscus where the tear was, and was hiking 30 days later. Was walking the next week but didn't have full range of motion for about 2 weeks, good luck.

Silent Bob
05-10-2013, 08:42
Here's a spreadsheet of my plans north of Bear Mtn. Bridge.

Note - The mileage start and end numbers are for the 2009 AT I found online.
Also, I've downloaded the GPX files for this hike from Backpacker/Trimble Outdoors and had a spreadsheet calculate the elevation gain/loss and the "GPS" distance. This data is in the last 3 columns. I use this information to help gauge the difficulty of a planned day.

I also planned on the AT RR station as a break point in case I needed to use public transportation.

Perrito spreadsheet looks good. The only problem with AT train station it only runs on weekend and I think it's one train in and one out in the afternoon. We would have to catch train in Pawling. Fishbait and I was thinking of doing it sobo. Parking car at bear mountain and getting a shuttle to Hoyt. We don't have a set date but it might be in sept. if your going to do before then let me know. I have no problem walking it again. Otherwise ill be doing loop trails in Harriman.. Btw we just did CT a few weeks ago. We did it sobo from race brook falls to Hoyt rd. It was a great trip. A little to hot but the views were awesome and a lot of water.

Suede
05-10-2013, 09:36
Space, I had my knee scoped last summer, took out 30% of my medial meniscus where the tear was, and was hiking 30 days later. Was walking the next week but didn't have full range of motion for about 2 weeks, good luck.

Thanks. I would be VERY happy with that prognosis! I did not do that well the last time (had it repaired about 8 yrs ago) but didn't do the PT, so I'm hoping that will make the difference. They are taking out another 30%'ish off the already 20% removed. Hopefully he can clean out some of the scar tissue and arthritis at the same time, which is my hope.

nyhiker50
05-10-2013, 09:55
I was a trail monitor in that area. If you need to get to Pawling you can stop at route 20 when you see the oak tree. Turn right and keep going straight past the town Y. Go straight across the intersection into town and you will eventually see the train station. It'sabput three miles. OR go right at route 22, keep going past the deli, and follow the road on the side (a lot of traffic sometimes) Eventually you will come to an exit at about resovour road. Turn right until the Y again, and turn left and follow the rest of the directions above. The train stops twice on the weekends, two in each direction from the city in the morning and to it in the afternoon at the AT stop. I know other places you can get out and into the trail. Just pm me. I helped build shelters and tent platforms in the area. most notably at Wiley.

perrito
05-15-2013, 12:40
This weekend's weather looks superb! I'm leaving tomorrow! Just sayin'....

Suede
05-15-2013, 12:45
This weekend's weather looks superb! I'm leaving tomorrow! Just sayin'....

I'm going to do an overnight in Allegheny Nat Forest on saturday, so I will get some hang time while not stressing out my knee too much (at least I can dictate how far in I go depending on how the knee does).

Have a great/safe time!

Suede
05-21-2013, 06:41
Hey Perrito are we going to get a trip report?

perrito
05-21-2013, 07:36
I'm not good at that sort of thing. I find it hard to come up with things to say.
For this trip, rocks, rocks, rocks, improper footwear for the rocks, and more freakin' rocks. My feet took a beating. But I'll be back!

Suede
05-21-2013, 08:09
I'm not good at that sort of thing. I find it hard to come up with things to say.
For this trip, rocks, rocks, rocks, improper footwear for the rocks, and more freakin' rocks. My feet took a beating. But I'll be back!

Well, not looking for an essay ;) just wondering if there were any stand out moments on the trail. I guess the rocks were standing out this trip. :D

One of the most painful times out I ever had was back in the 80's with improper fitting boots (I made the mistake of not trying out a new pair of lightweight boots, going downhill with full pack, before going out for 3 days). My toes were mashed into the front of the boot going down hill. I did not have enough room in the toe box (is that a word?). Every downhill step was so painful. Learning experience #2154.

nyhiker50
05-25-2013, 10:23
First, you had to learn to be able to jump from rock to rock. As a former trail maintainer the rocks could have been put there to protect the treadway from erosion. Also, did you happen to take note that there may have been a nice campsite and it could not be used because there were rocks sticking up? Well, this is because of a technique called iceberging. We put in rocks that stick up to make sure no one camps there. Of course, us hangers don't have to worry about that. Next time take note that off to the sides of the trail that it may not look as rocky. Were my directions right on if you used them?

natureboy68
05-26-2013, 08:16
Where are the safe spots to park a car overnight in Harriman? I would guess bear mountain inn is safe, I parked at elk pen many years ago, and it looked scektchy then...any ideas?

Silent Bob
05-26-2013, 08:32
Where are the safe spots to park a car overnight in Harriman? I would guess bear mountain inn is safe, I parked at elk pen many years ago, and it looked scektchy then...any ideas?

I've parked at elk penn a few times and never had a problem. Bear mountain parking lot near zoo is safe. You just have to go inside the police station and give them your car info and let them know how many days you staying.

nyhiker50
05-26-2013, 11:41
One thing no one mentions is that they charge a parking fee per day at Bear Mountain. You may or may not want to pay that. Then again, you might have a better chance to come back to a car that isn't broken into or vandalized. There have been many incidents in some of the hiker parking areas. At times what I say may get people annoyed but it's always better to give a real report warts and all than saying everything is perfect with unicorns trotting around and butterflys and fairies fluttering. That way you'll be ready for the worst and be ready to also enjoy.

Silent Bob
05-26-2013, 11:56
One thing no one mentions is that they charge a parking fee per day at Bear Mountain. You may or may not want to pay that. Then again, you might have a better chance to come back to a car that isn't broken into or vandalized. There have been many incidents in some of the hiker parking areas. At times what I say may get people annoyed but it's always better to give a real report warts and all than saying everything is perfect with unicorns trotting around and butterflys and fairies fluttering. That way you'll be ready for the worst and be ready to also enjoy.

You can avoid the fee if you get there early. As of last year it was one time fee not per day.

nyhiker50
05-26-2013, 20:02
Thanks for the update.