Archive for ◊ January, 2009 ◊

Author: Mike
• Saturday, January 31st, 2009

Six of us here at Canaan Rd for the entry level “BikeSki” ski outing today. Dan, Christi, Laura and I skied while Will and his father, Bill snowshoed. We practiced climbing by going up sauna hill, then across porcupine ridge (see http://canaaninstitute.org/bikeskiblog/?p=31), to snowmobile, then lady Slipper (R1) and home on Red Man Run. We worked on kick and glide and poling and downhill braking and control :-)

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Author: Mike
• Saturday, January 31st, 2009

NEW 2009 Edition Hiking Trail guide available at Ludgate’s — on Hanshaw Road

“Guide to Hiking Trails of the Finger Lakes Region” This is the little Guide to Trails now at Ludgate Farmsyellow book with all the cool topo maps! (2009 is now the most recent edition). The Cayuga Trails Club recently published the 11th edition of ‘Guide to Hiking Trails of the Finger Lakes Region’. Last published in 2006, this new 2009 edition of this popular trail guide features detailed trail descriptions, color photographs, and GPS coordinates for trail heads and road crossings. The pocket-size yellow colored guide describes almost 140 miles of the main Finger Lakes Trail (FLT) and 70 miles of branch and loop trails of the FLT System between Hammondsport and Cortland. Included with the 194-page guidebook are 11 maps of the Finger Lakes Trail System and one map of the Cayuga Trail. This Guide to Hiking Trails also briefly describes other places of interest for hikers in nearby state parks, Arnot Forest, Cornell Plantations, Finger Lakes National Forest, nature preserves of the Finger Lakes Land Trust, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and elsewhere.  Includes 12 GPS based maps of the Finger Lakes Trail System and the Cayuga Trail. All maps printed in color on all weather paper. NOTE: The 2006 edition was green. The edition before that was blue.

Not for cycling - for bicycling trail information see links here on BLOG or visit your local bike shops :-)

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Author: Mike
• Friday, January 30th, 2009

Saturday — I will lead an entry level 2 hour ski starting at my home at 2:30 pm Saturday 01.31.2009. Raylene will NOT be there to help, so we need to keep the whole group together, which means this will have to be called “advanced beginners” [ you need to be able to climb and descend with your skis on, no walking, sorry! ] - We’ll do the same 3.5 mile loop as last week, up the steep hill and one or two short steep downs to practice your snow plows on, followed by a long easy descent on a fire-road. Who is coming? Dan, Christi, Caren, Laura? RSVP please: let me know! … this is open to anyone at that skill level, but you should be on bikeski email list to attend, if not, please RSVP for directions and to introduce yourself … michael@canaaninstitute.org :-)

Sunday — the longer faster loop … intermediate plus skill  level. 11:00 am for about 2.5 hours (the “usual” rain or shine bikeski group outing) … this is open to anyone at that skill level, but you should be on our email list to attend, if not, please RSVP for directions and to introduce yourself …

See you soon,
-m

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Author: Marilyn
• Friday, January 30th, 2009
These are my favorite pair of gloves for x-c skiing and they are on sale!
Marilyn Ithaca, NY 1/30/2009

Pros: Lightweight, Comfortable, Tough

Best Uses: Mountaineering, Backpacking, Cross country skiing

I use the Climawool gloves for cross-country skiing. They are incredibly comfortable and soft and have a great grip on the poles. They aren’t bulky so I don’t have to loosen the pole straps to fit them in. They are just long enough down the wrists to keep snow out. For aerobic winter activities, they work best from about about 10 - 30 degrees F. If you are skiing in temps above 30 (or a racer) I might go for the lighter kilometer gloves (which I haven’t tried yet).

Ibexwear

What do you do when you’ve got the best softshell glove on the market? Make it better, of course. This edition has Climawool Cirrus softshell, Primaloft insulation on the top of the hand and palm, and Pittard’s weather-resistant palm. Mid-weight, merino liner, gusseted, adjustable cuff with Velcro …


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Author: Marilyn
• Thursday, January 29th, 2009

This was the last of the Mike Ludgate-hosted CNSC Thursday night January tours and it was a great one.  Ten of us (Mike, Raylene, Carl, Cindy, Joey, John, Marilyn, Tom, Zach, Joan ) and 3 dogs skied  up access trail to old FLT to FLT up to radio tower and  down, “Dan Karig” trail to Y5, then Y7.  Conditions were excellent again. There was plenty of light buttery snow.  Our group cut some trail but someone had already been on the FLT and Y5 and Y7 were tracked.  [ Y5 actually had lots of snowshoe-like tracks on it, not ski tracks. ] What else is there to say?  Get out there people!

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Author: Mike
• Thursday, January 29th, 2009

Thursday morning. OK. Well. So it is actually a mixed bunch of sleet, rain, snow and most recently super fluffy powder. The temp finally fell +12 F now at HH and we got some fluff on top of all else. See you guys tonight!

From Snow Pics for Canaan Institute Outdoor BLOG - BikeSki Group
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Author: Mike
• Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

Originally submitted at Mountain Gear

Black Diamond’s Icon Headlamp has a 3-watt LED spotlight with four SuperBright LEDs for brilliant close-range lighting. This lamp is compatible with the NRG Battery System. Its batter-power meter uses three indicator lights: green (50% or more), yellow (20% or more) and red (less than 20%)….

Icon Headlamp

Best bang for the buck

By Michael from Brooktondale NY on 1/27/2009
5out of 5

Pros: Durable, Bright, Long battery life

Cons: No Beam Adjustment (focus) - there are lots of brightness settings.

Best Uses: Hiking, Backpacking, Night time nordic skiing

Describe Yourself: Outdoor Professional [ well ... ok I don't get paid, but maybe I should! ]

I have been avoiding LED lights, because until now most of them are not bright enough to be used safely for night outings at higher speeds, such as cross country skiing. Our group skis at a pretty good pace for 2-3 hours at night on narrow wooded trails. Good lighting is essential. This is the first main stream, readily available LED lamp I have tested that is bright enough for this purpose. I have tested other brands in this price range and most of them are unsafe (not bright enough). The ICON passes the that test! Great light!

I wish the battery case was better (see other reviews). I wish there was a super bright setting to turn on flood and spot together for dangerous downhills and etc …

Where to buy: This review links to Mountain Gear - Mountain gear is a small independent specialty (web based) retailer.  Other independent retails stock this brand along with EMS, REI etc.. You can also buy it directly from Black Diamond - Tell Adam I sent you! http://www.blackdiamondequipment.com/gear/icon.php Make sure you get the latest version of this model. They recently upgraded to a higher power (3 Watt) LED for the spot. Make sure you are not buying “last year’s” model with the dimmer LED …

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Author: Mike
• Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

Four of us skied tonight. Bianca, Hank, Carl and myself. The trails were not exactly icy, but they were well packed down and the snow was old, cold and granular … making it very slidy. Air temp +22 F. No-wax skiis don’t grab on the up hills in this type of snow, so climbing is a lot of work. Carl had waxed skis on and was doing really well, the rest of us had a tough time of it. The downhills were fast, bordering on dangerous. We took the safe way home down Red Man Run …. more powder on the way! :-)

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Author: Mike
• Monday, January 26th, 2009

No fresh powder yet this morning. The temperature today (Monday) at sunrise was about (minus) -8 F. The more popular trails will be hard packed and a little icy. The seldom traveled trails will be better, maybe nice. The cold temps will stablilize what we have and more powder is on the way! -m

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Author: Mike
• Sunday, January 25th, 2009

Sunday morning temperatures started off at minus -11 degrees F. As sooon as the sun came out the air temperature climbed fast. By the time we started out at 11:00 the air temperature was +15 degrees F. It was sunnier and less windy than Saturday. We had one entry level skier who “graduated” from the Saturday ski and joined us for the Sunday ski: Sara! Also myself, Raylene, Mike M., Steve Y. and a new skier, Dave S.

The snow was much crustier in the tracks (not bad in the woods off the old ski tracks) becase of the cold temps and no new powder. The less traveled trails were fine though - the only time we really found the conditions less than optimal was on Y5, which gets a lot of traffic on the weekends. We looped: sauna, porcupine, orange, old FLT, new FLT, radio tower, Dan Karig, Y5, Y7 and home on Canaan. The couple places where we skied on snowmobile tracks it was pretty icy.

From BikeSki Outings
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Author: Mike
• Sunday, January 25th, 2009

We had six skiers for the Saturday entry level outing. After experimenting in the back forty and ’sauna hill’, we endend up splitting intot two groups. Sara and Dan and I did a loop out to lady slipper and home on Red Man Run. Raylene and Susan and Alan hung out closer to home base and worked on hill climbing and descending technique.

The air was cold and little windy with fine mist like snow coming down. Air temperature was bout 10 degrees F. The snow was a tad crusty in the tracks (becasue of warm temps Friday) but was covered by a dusting of fresh powder from Friday night.

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Author: Mike
• Saturday, January 24th, 2009

Some details on the Saturday 2:30 pm beginner ski at Mike and Raylene’s home near Hammond Hill on 01.24.2009

This will be our 3rd entry level outing and will be a notch up in difficulty for this Saturday beginner outing — We will try a short 2 hour loop this time. It means climbing the big hill behind our property, but not coming back down it. So we will be away from “home base” for about 2 hours. To clarify: by short I mean in miles - it will be about 3.5 miles with minimal downhills. In contrast; most of regular more advanced outings are 4-7 miles and involve many more hills and often in darkness with headlamps! :-)

Bring a small backpack to stash clothes in if/when you get hot and please carry some water for yourself!

You should have your own xc-ski gear and be familiar with getting in and out of it. :-)

RSVP is requested to attend the beginner ski session. Email me to RSPV and get detailed directions to our home if you need them. Email address here michael@canaaninstitute.org

For more information on previous entry level xc-ski outings click here and then SCROLL DOWN http://canaaninstitute.org/bikeskiblog/?tag=beginner-cross-country

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