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09/21/2006 01:06:46 PM · #51
Originally posted by Nikolai1024:

So what are the official dates for GTG?


Sept. 30, although meeting placed and time haven't been set yet.
09/21/2006 02:33:53 PM · #52
I just found this thread. As it turns out I will be visiting my parents on the 30th, and they live just 10 miles from Woodstock. I'll have to see if I can convince my wife to baby-sit our newborn daughter with the inlaws! If so, I'd love to join in.
09/21/2006 02:36:02 PM · #53
Sep 30th is good--I'm out on travel now but we can firm up specifics later.
09/21/2006 10:16:41 PM · #54
Originally posted by OdysseyF22:

Originally posted by Nikolai1024:

So what are the official dates for GTG?


Sept. 30, although meeting placed and time haven't been set yet.


Damn... I got invited today to bachlor party on that day. We'll have to see...
09/26/2006 02:03:16 PM · #55
Okay, with the gtg being this Saturday, I just wanted to check in. Last I knew, we still didn't have a time and place set for us all to meet. Has that changed, or does anyone want to pick a place?

I'm just trying to find out so I can plan on when I need to leave Binghamton to make it on time.

I'm really excited, can't wait to meet you all!
09/26/2006 02:12:40 PM · #56
Barring any unforseen circumstances, I'll be there!

(Wherever "there" is)

Message edited by author 2006-09-26 14:14:27.
09/26/2006 02:29:42 PM · #57
where is there just incase I decide to make the drive???
date/time/location???
09/26/2006 02:35:46 PM · #58
I believe we're waiting on Neil to get back from wherever he is. It was his plan to do a little research and then post a suitable meeting place.

Good to see you coming Shannon (slips anti-ribbon stun gun into camera bag)

:)
09/26/2006 02:55:59 PM · #59
I think I may be able to make it (at least for the morning/early afternoon). If Woodstock is still on the agenda, that might be the easiest place to meet. There's a good bakery called Bread Alone right in town that would be a convenient morning meeting place.

If it's just Kaaterskill Falls, then maybe the parking area just up the hill from there would be the easiest place to meet.

What are you guys thinking time-wise? It looks like some of you are coming from quite far, so is this an early GTG or later?
09/26/2006 04:20:35 PM · #60
Another bump to make sure we decide on when and where the GTG is!

I am mostly in!
09/26/2006 05:44:51 PM · #61
Just got back--I'm going to look into interesting spots near Kaaterskill. My thought is to hit Kaaterskill plus some interesting (and new for me) areas surrounding. Will post later tonight.
09/26/2006 09:27:44 PM · #62
since it sounds like everyone has to drive a ways, i'm suggesting an afternoon excursion....
09/26/2006 09:35:25 PM · #63
I've set the whole day aside, so I can leave at any time in the morning, and not worry about being home until we're ready to leave.
From the sound of it, perhaps starting around 10 or 12 would be best, maybe taking a break for lunch, and doing a bit more?

Basically, I'm cool with whatever we decide.
09/27/2006 12:21:35 PM · #64
Here's a tentative plan I'm working on. Please bear with me as I may edit this multiple times, depending on feedback. See the bottom for last edit times. I may be planning too much, but I'd like to make the most of the day, if people don't think it's crazy! (I'm going to go ahead and post this while I'm working on it. I just had to recreate a part of it as I accidentally closed the tab while working on it and looking at various sites. SO PLEASE AGAIN NOTE THAT THIS IS A WORK IN PROGRESS).

The "group idea": Since people will be coming from different places with different schedules, we could schedule three meeting times, at three or four places:

Early AM (8 AM): Kaaterskill (K) and Bastion Falls. I think this would be a good morning shoot (weather permitting). Note that Bastion falls is a perfect meeting place--it's a beautiful and interesting falls near the road on the trail to Katterskill. If people come at slightly different times, you can wait at Bastion and start shooting rather than wasting time and light while awaiting others to arrive. With a method like this, we could all do something to identify group members. I suggest tying a red or orange ribbon or string to your camera bag.

This area gets a lot of visitors, and so, to avoid having too many people in our way, I suggest going there first.

Now I've been to K twice. The rest of these places, are from my research, so if anyone knows more than the internet is telling me, jump in!

Mid AM (10:30 am): Either Red Falls, Devils Kitchen, or Ashley Falls - TBD (The question here is how much time at K and then moving on).

Another possibility for mid morning is trying to gain access to the top of K falls. The Hunter site below tells how to get there from an alternate road entrance. Might be a good location for foliage. Shooting the falls itself from the top isn't the best perspective!

1:00 Lunch and Woodstock town photos. Tentatively meet at Bread Alone, as eqsite suggested.

While in Woodstock you may want to visit the Center for Photography on Tinker Street.

3:30 Mountain view to Sunset shooting. For this we want to achieve some altitude. I am still looking into this. It would seem that Overlook mountain might be a good place, but there are some logistical issues I haven't overcome yet. Namely, it seems like you might have to hike 2 miles up and 2 miles back. The perks there are a fire tower you can climb for more altitude, and the ruins of an old resort.

But I am going to look for a place we can get closer to in our cars so no one is left out, and we can stay longer without worrying about hiking back in the dark. Note it gets dark by 7:00 now!

One alternative possibility: Hunter Mountain. They have an Octoberfest Sep 30, and the lift will be open.

I've ordered a guide to waterfalls in the catskills which should be here tomorrow that might also give some other interesting ones.

Note that if it's raining (hard), there's some interesting art to view in Woodstock. The artists museum has a Black and White exhibition.

Weather
http://wwwa.accuweather.com/forecast-details.asp?partner=forecastfox&traveler=1&zipcode=12498&metric=0&fday=4

Sunrise Information
Sunrise: 6:52 AM
Sunset: 6:40 PM

Information Links (for reference or those who want to help research!):

http://www.huntermtn.com/summer_outdoors.html
http://www.yellowecho.com/travel/ashley_falls_ny.html#catskilllinks0
http://www.coveredbridgecampsite.com/index_files/Page422.htm
http://www.roberts-1.com/bikehudson/r/m/climbs/#Devils_Kitchen
Covered Bridges
Map with Covered Bridge Links in the area

Covered Bridges of Possible Interest:
http://members.aol.com/covbr/np_camp.html
http://www.nycoveredbridges.org/page26.html
http://members.aol.com/covbr/perrine.html
This one's nice but a 67 mile drive from Woodstock: http://www.nycoveredbridges.org/page22.html

Confirmed Attendees so far (apologies in advance for anyone missing in this list or in the wrong place--you can PM me and I will fix it!)

Very Likely:

21.gif nshapiro
17203.gif Scalvert
21.gif eqsite
21.gif hopper
21_F.gif prozac
21.gif OdysseyF22
21_F.gif skinnere (will come in the afternoon)

Tentative:
21.gif RayEthier
21_F.gif kteach
21.gif Alienyst

Sent Regrets:
21.gif vikas

Edit notes:
Fixed Ashley Falls link.
Added list of interested people
Added covered bridge link

Message edited by author 2006-09-28 15:04:09.
09/27/2006 12:37:04 PM · #65
Sounds good to me. I especially like the idea of being at the falls early like that.

For the afternoon, the link to Ashley's Falls isn't working. Here's the fixed link: Ashely's Falls Between the three of them, I'd vote for the Devil's Kitchen as the most interesting to shoot, followed by either of the others.

Overlook Mt. sounds really cool, but 5 miles round trip with photo gear is going to be a trek. Not sure how everyone else feels about it. I'm game, but if there is a way to get closer with the cars, that would be good.

I'll be watching to see how this evolves.
09/27/2006 12:42:19 PM · #66
Originally posted by nshapiro:

Note that if it's raining (hard), there's some interesting art to view in Woodstock.


The forecast is calling for partly cloudy. No rain, but the high will only be 60 degrees.

Another thing that might be worth searching for is covered bridges.
09/27/2006 01:07:14 PM · #67
I'm ok with meeting at 8, but having to be at another location by 10:00 might be difficult. By the time everyone finds the falls, exchanges pleasantries and hikes into the falls, it could be after 9. Then we'd have to head out of the falls area almost immediately in order to be back into our cars by 9:30 in order to reach the next checkpoint. It's do-able, just tight I think.

9 - 12 - 3 times (checkpoints) would give people an opportunity to be slower

but i'm game for whatever ... i don't even like landscapes :)

edit to say if the 12 checkpoint is just for lunch, then 3 hours wouldn't be necessary.

Message edited by author 2006-09-27 13:09:56.
09/27/2006 01:16:35 PM · #68
Originally posted by hopper:

I'm ok with meeting at 8, but having to be at another location by 10:00 might be difficult. By the time everyone finds the falls, exchanges pleasantries and hikes into the falls, it could be after 9. Then we'd have to head out of the falls area almost immediately in order to be back into our cars by 9:30 in order to reach the next checkpoint. It's do-able, just tight I think.

9 - 12 - 3 times (checkpoints) would give people an opportunity to be slower

but i'm game for whatever ... i don't even like landscapes :)

edit to say if the 12 checkpoint is just for lunch, then 3 hours wouldn't be necessary.


I've lengthened the times. That's good especially at Kaaterskill. Having been there twice last year, assuming you are not trying to get on top of the falls by hiking, I think 2 hours there is enough. The rest would depend on where we go next (I'm looking in each case for something no more than 10 miles or so away), but now if those are "meeting times" we have a half hour to get to the next place even after spending two hours.

Message edited by author 2006-09-27 13:18:23.
09/27/2006 01:31:31 PM · #69
I agree with Hopper i think this plan is a bit agressive because you never know what will happen and doing things in groups always takes longer than you think because you end up waiting and stopping alot.

However, if everyone is okay with being flexible and these being "approximate" times, then it should work... hopefully people can make it for at least part of the day
09/27/2006 01:53:21 PM · #70
Originally posted by scalvert:

Originally posted by nshapiro:

Note that if it's raining (hard), there's some interesting art to view in Woodstock.


The forecast is calling for partly cloudy. No rain, but the high will only be 60 degrees.

Another thing that might be worth searching for is covered bridges.


I've only found one in the area--added it to the research information links

http://www.coveredbridgecampsite.com/index_files/Page422.htm
09/27/2006 01:55:14 PM · #71
I'm pretty sure I can do this, at least the morning part. I'll probably skip Overlook though. The views are good up there, but it is a time-consuming hike and I have a late-afternoon committment (plus my wife will be very ready for me to rescue her from her inlaws by then :-)
09/27/2006 01:58:35 PM · #72
Originally posted by nshapiro:

I've only found one in the area...


Hint. ;-)
09/27/2006 02:00:08 PM · #73
Originally posted by eqsite:

I'm pretty sure I can do this, at least the morning part. I'll probably skip Overlook though. The views are good up there, but it is a time-consuming hike and I have a late-afternoon committment (plus my wife will be very ready for me to rescue her from her inlaws by then :-)


I posted that for discussion, but I'm not sure how many are interested in actually hiking with their equipment. The alternative so far is Hunter and their free Octoberfest + the lift. I've been there years ago for skiing but don't know if it's a good alternative.

There's still a bit of work to figure out the afternoon/sunset. But it's great if you can make any part of it!
09/27/2006 02:16:07 PM · #74
Originally posted by scalvert:

Originally posted by nshapiro:

I've only found one in the area...


Hint. ;-)


I hate google images. Most links dead, or are fronts to commercial sites with no information about the bridge.

I did find a site with NYS bridges though--trick is to figure out one within driving distance. The nicest one I found so far in that list is 50-60 miles away from Woodstock.
09/27/2006 02:36:35 PM · #75
not at all interested actually - equipment or not

:)

Originally posted by nshapiro:

... but I'm not sure how many are interested in actually hiking with their equipment ...
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