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Potash Mountain Hike/Snowshoe ~ Jan 18, 2018

Journal entry by Steve Mackey



We had a "lucky" 13 make the summit, and we had a little discussion about the 10% rule.  That's the rule where you don't get in trouble as long as you return with 90% of the hikers.   (We were trying to decide if that meant we could lose 1 or 2 since we started with 15). We had a few tricky spots that we already knew about, but in case there was any doubt, it was confirmed Thursday. There a several steep spots that were icy, and we had to proceed slowly and carefully.  Peter had brought a rope and it ended up being very helpful.  Everyone did a great job on the tricky spots, and hopefully no one was worse for the wear.   We are waiting on the DEC's okay before we are allowed to do any heavy duty work on the trail. These spots are good candidates for stairs or short ladders.

The view on top of the cliffs was very clear.  We decided since it was a little windy, that we would be better off taking our lunch break on the summit. It was a good decision, and we had a nice break up there. I think everyone had a good time, and I'm sure we'll get a lot or repeat customers when we hike it again in the summer or fall.

1/23/18 - Wanderer . added 3 photos.

1/23/18 - Rich Elton added 4 photos.

1/23/18 - Margie Litwin added 4 photos. 1/23/18 - Scott Anderson added 5 photos. 1/31/18 - Wanderer . added 7 photos. 2/4/18 - Jungle (Jim Mosher) added 4 photos.

27 photos



At the trailhead - Jungle has already started up - added by Wanderer



Ice sculptures on the stream near the trailhead - added by Wanderer



Jungle (turquoise jacket) talking about some history of the preserve while Shelly and Susie admire the snow covered surroundings - added by Wanderer



Making our way up - Shelly in the lead - added by Rich



Almost to the top - Peter, Judy, Margie, Lori, Lenore, Shelly, Ray - added by Rich



Judy and Shelly at the summit cairn - added by Rich



Small group at the summit cairn - Jungle, Lori, Scott (hidden), Steve, Judy - added by Rich



Intermittent rains this season created icy trail adornments. Susie joined us for part of the day. - added by Margie



Stopping to appreciate the vistas which broadened as we climbed higher. - added by Margie



The Riches of the day. (E and Z that is). - added by Margie



More icicle sculptures decorating our path. - added by Margie



Jim Mosher taking in the views - added by Scott



Near the top - added by Scott



Lunch spot at summit - added by Scott



At the cliffs - added by Scott



Photo added by Scott



There was tinted ice .... - added by Wanderer



.... and crystal clear ice along the trail. (Sorry about all the pictures of ice but it is winter after all!) - added by Wanderer



Making our way along one of the many ledges - added by Wanderer



View looking south from the overlook with Fourth Lake in view - the sun is trying to beat back the dark clouds - added by Wanderer



Rockwell Falls in Hadley-Luzerne on the way home - just a short distance south of Potash Mt. - added by Wanderer



Icicle skirt at Rockwell Falls - added by Wanderer



Ice sculptures on the shore of the Hudson at Rockwell Falls - added by Wanderer



Lots of up! - added by Jungle



Steve - added by Jungle



Lenore and Margie having lunch out of the wind - added by Jungle



Happy group at the top (Rich behind the camera) - added by Jungle




Joining us for the hike was Jim Mosher (a.k.a. Jungle).  He played a significant role in the idea of a new hiking trail to the summit of Potash Mt. becoming a reality and along with Steve, scouted, designed, and cut and flagged the current route.  We want to thank both of them for their commitment and effort in the development of this new trail – it is a winner!

Peter for the Canes

Attendees:  Steve, Jim Mosher (Jungle), Lenore and Jack, Rich E, Rich Z, Judy, Shelly, Margie, Ray Boucher, Susie, Scott, Joanne P, Lori, Peter

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