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Old 02-04-2008, 11:35 PM
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Ice storm on Kittatinny Ridge

On Saturday, just hours after an ice storm finally abated, a hiking buddy and I visited the popular Kittatinny Ridge along the Appalachian Trail in NJ. Every twig and branch, every blade of grass, every fallen leaf was coated in thick ice. NPS road closures prevented us from doing the hike we wanted, but we still enjoyed some spectacular sights. Here's one example.


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Old 02-04-2008, 11:52 PM
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Nice shot. What other results did you see from the ice storm on your hike? Was there any frozen waterfalls? I missed a recent opportunity to get a photo of a waterfall.

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Old 02-05-2008, 10:05 AM
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That's beautiful. It almost looks like blown glass.

What about the actual trail? Was it covered in ice the same way or was it slushy?
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Old 02-05-2008, 10:20 AM
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What other results did you see from the ice storm on your hike? Was there any frozen waterfalls?

Our intended hike would have gotten us near a great waterfall, but the closures prevented access.

The ground temperature was well below freezing despite nearly two inches of rain, so ice on the ground was from 1/4" on high spots to almost 2" on the gravel road in the mid-ridge cleft leading to the Mohican Outdoor Center (a popular AT stopover). There were many down limbs and later in the day ice 2-6 ounce ice bombs started falling. Freshly downed branches were easily identifiable by the piles of ice fragments that surrounded them. Ice on the tree trunks had a fascinating pattern of horizontal microfractures that looked like frozen mermaid hair, caused by bending in the wind after the ice formed. We saw many buds encased in ice, but I'm not sure it will cause lasting damage.

The ridge drops precipitously both east and west. Far less icing ocurred at the bottom and to the east. I should say more accurately that temperatures in those areas warmed enough that although a similar amount of ice formed, it was washed away in the last few hours of rain, whereas it kept accumulating higher up.

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What about the actual trail? Was it covered in ice the same way or was it slushy?

Oh yes, the actual trail was treacherously icy and my buddy slipped (but didn't fall) on the edge of a 400' precipice. I've never hiked on footing that bad before. I was wearing Stabilicers, which worked pretty well. We saw a few people in Kahtoola Microspikes, which probably would have been better, and some others in Yaktrax, which work OK, but aren't nearly durable enough for me.
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Old 02-05-2008, 11:29 AM
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I visited the popular Kittatinny Ridge along the Appalachian Trail in NJ. Every twig and branch, every blade of grass, every fallen leaf was coated in thick ice.

Very nice pic. That same storm dumped 30-40 cm of snow in Ontario and a little less in Montreal. I got to drive from Montreal back to NY/CT just after the storm on Saturday. For a hundred miles all through the ADK park on the thruway, every tree was covered in the same ice coating. Lots of bent over trees from all the weight. Very scenic drive.

On Sunday the waterfalls in the Catskills were running fast - it was 46 degrees and felt like spring. I took some pics of falls, ice, rainbow mist, etc - but they are on a different system.
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Old 02-05-2008, 11:39 AM
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Wow, awesome picture. That same storm left a good bit of ice in the Pittsburgh area Thursday night, but it warmed up early enough that I missed out on the worst of it when I got up. It was pretty much gone by about 1pm Friday.
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Nice! ... Ice! ....

Great picture big_load, Must have been awesome to see in person.!
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Old 02-13-2008, 02:43 AM
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Nice pic! I have heard over and over - I didn't know NJ was so beautiful. It's not what I expected. All depends on where U look.
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Old 02-23-2008, 02:29 PM
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We are dealing with that here in the midwest.

I'm just hoping the trees can hold out, it's the second ice storm in 2 weeks.
Right now it's warming up, so the ice is falling off the trees everywhere.

It's quite noisey
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