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Forum: Hiking in the Adirondacks Today, 10:18 AM
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Posted By montcalm
Yeah - no doubt. I would want the lake ice...

Yeah - no doubt. I would want the lake ice available for snow machine rescue though, as pointed out in the first reply. I hadn't considered that, but there's a chance you're exhausted, injured...
Forum: Hiking in the Adirondacks Today, 08:40 AM
Replies: 148
Views: 71,092
Posted By montcalm
I'm not sure how that might play out either. It...

I'm not sure how that might play out either. It could be just as miserable breaking trail over the lake, maybe worse if there is slush underneath the snow.

Sometimes, with skiing, as I said...
Forum: Hiking in the Adirondacks 11-27-2021, 11:16 AM
Replies: 148
Views: 71,092
Posted By montcalm
I bet everything on the west side of the lake to...

I bet everything on the west side of the lake to High Falls will be broken out, they are pretty well used ski trails. I've never skied the Peavine Swamp trail, but the truck trail to High Falls is...
Forum: Hiking in the Adirondacks 11-26-2021, 07:54 PM
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Views: 71,092
Posted By montcalm
I hadn't thought about Chairrock's point, but if...

I hadn't thought about Chairrock's point, but if I were going to do this in early Spring (I assume), I wouldn't put out the possibility that you'll get snowed on. I'd take trailbreaking skis - also...
Forum: Trip Reports 11-25-2021, 10:21 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 924
Posted By montcalm
Sure sounds about right. Those dead trees look...

Sure sounds about right. Those dead trees look like Red Pine to me. Actually it looks like a few survived it and only were burned on the bottoms.

Who owned this before OSI? I'm looking at their...
Forum: Trip Reports 11-24-2021, 11:25 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 924
Posted By montcalm
Hmm. I bet it burned again more recently. That...

Hmm. I bet it burned again more recently. That sure doesn’t look like 90 years post fire.

No idea how long that dead standing wood can hang around but 90 years seems optimistic. Also all...
Forum: General Adirondack Discussion 11-23-2021, 09:14 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,871
Posted By montcalm
Yup - they have a mild toxin. I believe all...

Yup - they have a mild toxin. I believe all plants in Juglandaceae have Juglone, which is a toxin.

It's called allelopathic (or allelopathy) when it's used to control surrounding plants. Other...
Forum: General Adirondack Discussion 11-23-2021, 08:44 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,871
Posted By montcalm
I forgot to ask SG, is the land in the park? I...

I forgot to ask SG, is the land in the park? I thought you said Colonie, but maybe I don't recall correctly.
Forum: General Adirondack Discussion 11-22-2021, 08:55 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,871
Posted By montcalm
In these parts people really seem to love Black...

In these parts people really seem to love Black Walnut. They grow well here and of course the wood is valuable.

As a landscape tree, not my favorite. They do provide good shade, but man when...
Forum: Environmental Issues 11-22-2021, 08:32 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,058
Posted By montcalm
They were rare when I was a young kid in the 80s....

They were rare when I was a young kid in the 80s. Some people used them.

My grandparents used them, but only at their camp in ADKs because it didn't have a dryer. I think eventually dryers and...
Forum: Environmental Issues 11-22-2021, 08:05 PM
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Posted By montcalm
Don't get me wrong - I love old houses... but you...

Don't get me wrong - I love old houses... but you need a certain character and good bank roll to keep them going. I don't think our old house even had insulation!
Forum: Environmental Issues 11-22-2021, 07:22 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,058
Posted By montcalm
Right Bill LOL - I was including the historic...

Right Bill LOL - I was including the historic homes in the crumblers unless you happen to own one and be well off enough to keep it in historic condition. Not for everyone.

I grew up in one from...
Forum: Environmental Issues 11-22-2021, 01:48 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,058
Posted By montcalm
Awesome! As far as the dryer, I only mention...

Awesome!

As far as the dryer, I only mention it because I didn't know about heat pump dryers previously. There's no reason you need to have one, but a traditional electric dryer is a HOG, and...
Forum: Environmental Issues 11-21-2021, 07:51 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,058
Posted By montcalm
I hope it's not EG! I think Ethanol would be...

I hope it's not EG! I think Ethanol would be sufficient and much safer if there was a leak.

North facing is going be an issue especially on a mountainside.

Woods can be worked with - I truly...
Forum: Environmental Issues 11-21-2021, 07:32 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,058
Posted By montcalm
Yup - thanks. I did a lot of reading on this...

Yup - thanks. I did a lot of reading on this since I asked and they seem more than capable. Especially attractive for solar power coupled with passive solar.

Lots of people up in the mountains...
Forum: Environmental Issues 11-21-2021, 06:52 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,058
Posted By montcalm
So bottom line: Yes, I think it can be done, and...

So bottom line: Yes, I think it can be done, and not even necessarily "Net Zero". I think full off-grid, solar with wood/propane backup is possible.

Cost at this point in time... eh... not great...
Forum: Environmental Issues 11-21-2021, 11:15 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,058
Posted By montcalm
I've done a lot more studying on this - not a lot...

I've done a lot more studying on this - not a lot of tech has changed in terms of solar passive in the past 60 years or so since it was first realized as a functional system, but there are a lot more...
Forum: Trip Reports 11-18-2021, 08:32 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 924
Posted By montcalm
Do you have any pics of the burned area? You...

Do you have any pics of the burned area?

You might be able to surmise something by the trees that are growing near the burned remains by how old they are.

Really hard to estimate that because...
Forum: General Adirondack Discussion 11-16-2021, 08:03 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,871
Posted By montcalm
What is the typical leaf schedule in LG? I need...

What is the typical leaf schedule in LG? I need to get up there in the fall.

I'm assuming due to the lower elevation and species you guys typically would peak in late October?

Our oaks take...
Forum: General Adirondack Discussion 11-16-2021, 03:40 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,871
Posted By montcalm
St. Regis beat me to it... There are a few...

St. Regis beat me to it...

There are a few different hickories native to NY. It looks like out in that area you'd have at least Bitternut and Shag Bark, both of which look very different.
...
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