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Old 05-19-2017, 02:16 PM   #1
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Treadway Mtn 5-17-17 & black flies

Did 2 nights of camping with a hike up Treadway Wed 5/17. Gorgeous warm weather and sunshine was welcoming along with still budding trees. Only saw a few people around Putts pond and no one on the hike to Treadway. Trail in good shape (nice bridges), with only a few wet spots plus one totally flooded section of 50 yds perhaps .5 mi above (west on) final red trail turnoff, just before it gets steep. Tricky detour with no thought of walking through this invisible section until the area drains.

More open rock hiking with cairns then i remembered (after false summit). The view from top was great, nearly 360 & clear. Puddles in summit rocks welcomed by the dogs. somewhat bug free zone.

Despite a slight breeze at most times, the black flies were as bad as I ever recall, even sometimes while hiking. When stationary, a head net was often essential. Fortunately, we both had one, and the dogs were infrequently attacked. At our exposed breezy campsite, often 20-50 flies in field of view. Long pants/sleeves and net got surprisingly uncomfortable with the heat (over 90 in Albany). Bugs subsided 7-7:30 pm. Not much break in AM so eating with net became the norm until evening. DEET not effective (at any strength we had) nor other attempted repellants. Still scratching welts on lower legs. did not fish.
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Old 05-19-2017, 10:25 PM   #2
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Hey Bob,
Sounds like a good time despite those pesky flies.
Treadway is a gem, isn't it? Did you hike all the way around to the Treadway trailhead, or did you take a short cut across Putts in a boat?
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Old 05-20-2017, 09:04 AM   #3
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We hiked it using the trail around the southern end of the pond. Our solo canoes not ideal for transporting dogs (one over 80 lbs). The steady breeze and cold water kept us on shore most of the time. One brief dip in pond upon returning from hike was welcome but water too cold for full immersion.
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Don't know why, but Pharo is the busiest place I've ever been to.
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Old 05-21-2017, 06:13 PM   #5
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I feel for you Bob. I spent the weekend just South of there on Whortleberry Pond. The black files were out in full force. Despite wearing a big shirt, gloves, and donning fly dope I still got bit at the wrists and ankles. It was still a wonderful weekend though.

I'll have to do Treadway this summer. I've been all through the Pharaoh Lakes Wilderness but have never climbed Treadway.
Oh I'd rather go and journey where the diamond crest is flowing...
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