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Walkin' Ed

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  1. Also no premium member only caches. The draft policy is still open for comments, so put in your thoughts and maybe it will be revised.
  2. I really enjoyed the Eternal Flame Falls Earthcache. Its in a small park near Buffalo. GC10VMY. Its a natural gas flame behind a waterfall.
  3. While Stewart is a great caching opportunity it is also open to hunters. There are dog training workshops almost every other day with live ammunition. I believe that this weekend is the youth pheasant hunt, so wear your blaze orange and be careful.
  4. I was out on Schunemunk on Friday and found the conditions perfect for my snowshoes. They kept me from falling through the boilerplate and the crampons kept me from sliding (gotta love those old Sherpas). I also carried a pair of instep crampons and a set of ten pointers but didn't need either, but I could have used the ice axe in a few spots. I was really careful to avoid any place where flow ice could form and wouldn't move until I was sure I had a secure footing. Six miles, fourteen caches and five hours later I was back at my car. I don't want to under estimate the danger but with the right preparation you can still enjoy winter. That being said, my calves still ache two days later.
  5. The Finger Lakes Trail Conference has recently adopted a policy on Geocaches and Letterboxes on the Finger Lakes Trail. For those of you who aren't aware of the FLT, it is a 563 mile trail across the southern tier of NY State. The trail is managed and maintained by the Finger Lakes Trail Conference. The trail crosses public lands and private property with the permissions of land owners and land managers. Their permissions are granted only for hiking and trail maintenance. The conference's concern is that any other activities might conflict with these permissions and may lead to a loss of permission for the trail. So it was felt that a policy was needed to protect the continuity of the trail. The policy states that Geocaches and Letterboxes would be allowed only if all these conditions are met: Written permission has to be obtained from the landowner or land manager This permssion must stipulate that the CO take care to avoid damage caused by digging, trampling or other damage to the landowners property. The written permission must be forwarded to the Finger Lakes Trail Conference at least 2 weeks in advance The cache must be labeled with the owner's name and contact information. Caches or letterboxes not in compliance with the above may be removed. The full policy can be found at their website www.fingerlakestrail.org. I think they have a legitimate concern. The only extra requirements they request for a geocache is that the CO provide proof that they have adequate permission and label the cache with their contact information. It seems like a small concession to ensure that the trail remains intact.
  6. GC2DV4F is less than a mile if you approach it from New York and most of that is on woods roads. But it is worth the hike.
  7. That's over a ten mile hike. No one in their right mind would hike that far in one day. So I'll be there on the tenth.
  8. I hiked the Finger Lakes Trail a few years ago and have found a few caches in the area. I'd love to own one of these.
  9. Sure the parks are open, but at what cost? This is just another political shell game. The money to keep the parks open is coming from the Enviornmental Protection Fund. This is supposedly a "dedicated" fund (just like the lottery) to be paid for by a tax on real estate sales. Not only have the politicans stolen from this fund to keep the parks open, they've taken another 88 million dollars from the fund and added it to the General Fund. Why have a dedicated fund at all if its not going where its supposed to go? I call Shenanigans.
  10. 6 more coins donated. I'll see everyone in a few days.
  11. I'll be away for the weekend, otherwise I'd be there. If you're going to stage a second car put it at the Tiorati Circle parking lot. There is no legal parking on park roads (Arden Valley Road) and the park police can be strict about enforcing this.
  12. While hiking in the park after dark isn't illegal, you have to be careful where you park. Some areas have been subject to vandalism. The parking on County Route 106 where the Suffern-Bear Mountain Trail crosses has seen a lot of cases of flattened tires. The Elk Pen parking area near Rte 17 has had some cars broken into while parked overnight. I've hiked and backpacked in Harriman for a long time and have never had any problems leaving a car parked in any of the designated parking areas. But remember it is illegal to park along Park roads. The new caches in the SE part of the park are best accessed from Kakiak Park which is a County Park, open from dawn to dusk only. I'd suggest parking ot Sebago Boat Launch area or the Pine Meadow Visitor's Center.
  13. The Niagra Gorge is one of the NY State Parks where caches are not permitted at all. I believe its for security reasons.
  14. Rockland County has a few State Parks within its boundaries. There is Blauvelt SP, Tallman Mountain SP, Nyack Beach, Hook Mountain, Rockland Lake, Haverstraw Beach and parts of Harriman and Bear Mountain State Parks. For Harriman and Bear Mountain I would suggest the Admin Building at Bear Mountain. The manager of Tallman Mtn. has a residence in the park. Most of the others can probably be contacted via the office at Rockland Lake. Rockland County also requires a permit for caches in their County Parks. Their address is Division of Enviornmental Resourses, 50 Sanitorium Road Building P, Pomona, NY 10970 -845-364-2670. I've received permits from both the State and County and haven't had any problems getting approval.
  15. If you wait a couple of weeks you can also attend the Alleghany Geo-Bash mega event. Its in NY but McKean county is just a stone's throw away. If you plan it carefully, the AGT can be done in 3-4 days. The Venango County caches are probably spaced the farthest apart, so if nothing else, plan these caches ahead of time. I'd recommend Pithole City for the history of the area. There are probably a few more must-dos but I'll have to check my notes. Enjoy.
  16. That looks like a do-able hike with some decent elvation gains and losses, but that's Harriman-Bear Mountain Park. You climb up and down the same 400 feet all day long. Its been a while since I've dome some of these caches but I'd suggest dropping the first one, GCJKZV. If I remember correctly the multi takes you quite a ways up West Mountain. The next one on your schedule is back at the parking lot elevation. Sorry I won't be able to make it but if you decide to try for the extra caches, I'll be driving past the Route 9W entrance to Doodletown around 6:15 PM on Monday night and will be glad to shuttle cachers back to the Anthony Wayne lot.
  17. With the four new caches in Bear Mountain State Park on Dunderberg Mountain a nice loop hike can be made which includes the following caches, GCY0WQ, GC1MWFG, GC1MWFZ, GC1MWGB, GC1MWGK and GCY0WG. There is also a nearby virtual cache GC8FD5. Its a great hike with some wonderful views and the caches are all placed near sections of the never completed Dunderberg Spiral Railway.
  18. There is no passenger service on the West Shore Line which is the railroad that runs through Bear Mountain State Park. You can get a bus from Manhattan to the park. The NY-NJ Trail Conference has information on trails accessible by public transportation.
  19. Way to go Stella! She is the co-author of 50 Hikes in New Jersey and 50 Hikes in the Hudson Valley.
  20. It appears that some of these caches were found yesterday by a prominent group of PA cachers. They wrote notes similar to the above stating that there were no log entries made the day of the storm. It sure looks like someone went to a lot of trouble to log phony finds.
  21. Many of the camps in Harriman had lean-os or shelters built for the campers. I can think of at least four that may be called "secret shelters". There is the shelter on the 1777 trail on Pleasant Valley Road. It's actually the remains of a concrete garage. It was used by the Riverside Church of NYC as a shelter and until recently appeared on NYNJTC maps. There is also a shelter near the water towers above Upper Twin Lake. I believe this is still used by a girl's camp. Another is located along the road to Lake Te Ata and Lower Twin Lake. Again I believe it is still used by the camps. Many years ago my son discovered one on a hill above the Kanawauke Circle. It hasn't been used in quite awhile. The shelter on the Long Path above Upper Lake Cohasset still appears on recent maps so probably doesn't count. Tose are the ones I can think of off hand. If you know of any more let me know.
  22. I just received my Geoswag Coin & Pin Club coin for November. Guess what its title is?
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