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Amazingly beautiful frozen Pocono waterfalls

Dear nature studies folks,

Going to the frozen waterfalls at Glenn Onoko in the Lehigh Gorge State Park this Sunday. I have done this before in the winter, but never during such a prolonged cold snap. The frozen waterfalls are really an amazing sight to see, and the woods and creeks will be wearing their Sunday best.

During the summer this is a moderately strenuous hike with a couple of short spots where one needs to grab handholds in order to proceed. A layer of snow and ice add to the challenge. I am in good health, walk a lot, don't "work out" and am pushing 60.  I have never had a bad time on this hike (so far). Usually by now the path will be fairly well trodden down and not too slippery, but one never knows. Once we get to the Falls you will definitely want ice cleats for your boots. As huge columns of ice are continually breaking off the falls there's no way to walk across the massive floor of columns of ice unless you got some good traction. As a point of clarification, I am not doing this hike in order to climb up the waterfalls. It ain't my thing, you can do what you want but that's not what I'm going here for.

We will proceed at a moderate pace, as there's no other way to do this. Besides, there are a lot of beautiful spots you will want to stop and marvel at, and I'm sure I'll find plants and other elements to talk about as we go. I plan to bring some herb teas made from bark and roots, like Sweetbirch and sassafras that you can try. If Wade comes I'm sure he'll have some other interesting demonstrations, thoughts, or card tricks to contribute ^.^

 The legal disclaimer:

If you are not in good health or lacking physical endurance, this is not a hike for you.
ANYONE going on this hike MUST TAKE FULL RESPONSIBILITY for themselves, their family and anybody going with them. This is not my job. I am performing a public service for free.
WE WILL BE WALKING ON ICE. THERE'S A CHANCE OF SEVERE INJURY OR DEATH, frostbite, twisted ankles, getting lost, and too many other way to get hurt or die to mention. Participate at you own risk. If you drink, sample, or eat any wild plants while on this hike you take the risk of having a allergic reaction, anaphylaxis, trouble breathing, or a funny taste in your mouth. It's on you. I am providing a free public service by pointing out some of the wonders of nature but everyone must take care of themselves.

Okay enough of the scary stuff. Chances are we'll have a nice hike, get sweaty, will marvel at the beauty of nature, we'll eat and stroll back to the cars. If anyone is so motivated, maybe will go into Jim Thorpe for dinner and a beer.

What to bring:
Dress warm in layers. Thermal underwear, shirt, wool sweater, jacket; dress as if you might get lost and have to spend the night in the woods.

A Day-bag with
Scooby snacks and a sandwich for lunch.
At least 1 L of water per person
matches or a lighter or your bow drill
A knife
A plastic whistle
Ice cleats for your boots
 hiking poles with spikes on the end can be very helpful
First Aide Kit,
Optional; one of those emergency space blankets, duct tape. Duct tape is always good.

Glen Onoko Falls
Coalport Rd, Jim Thorpe, PA
ranger station (570)[masked]

Any Questions, Comments, Ideas, Get Lost - Call me,
Hugh Brenner[masked] I suggest you put this number in your phone.

I plan to leave Ardmore around 930 to get there by 11 AM. I suggest people carpool as much as we can, and if possible stick together in a caravan. The entrance to Glen Onoko can be a little tricky to find.

Lets discuss who wants to come and how to meet up. The route is straight up the Northeast extension of the turnpike. Plymouth meeting parking lot would probably be a good place to leave cars and meet.

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  • Hugh

    Clarification part two. I went a bit over the top with how one should prepare. You really don't need: matches or a lighter or your bow drill, A knife, plastic whistle, flashlight, First Aide Kit, emergency space blankets, duct tape. They are good things to have, espcially if you were going up by yourself.

    February 1, 2014

    • Reggie

      Hugh we have 11 people signed up so far.

      February 1, 2014

    • Reggie

      How long is the hike time wise and mileage wise

      February 1, 2014

  • Hugh

    Great, looks like we are on for the Hike up Glen Onoko. Some clarifications for folks.
    1) Ice cleats are a good idea. I don't know how icy the trail is. I use the cheap springy ones ($20-ish) and they worked fine. Last time I didn't need them until I got to the falls.
    2) Yes, you can be home in time for the Super Bowl. BONUS: You'll have burned some calories ahead of time to make up for a great appetite.
    3) Transportation; I am leaving from Ardmore at 9:30 and have room in my car for a couple other people. If anyone wanted to follow me we could meet at the Ardmore RR station.

    February 1, 2014

  • Reggie

    Hey Hugh. If you have decided to go on with this meetup for Sunday or cancel I'm ok w/ any. Now if you want to proceed with it, I can post it on my other meetup grp Discover Lehigh Valley, Lehigh Valley Fun w/ Friends and maybe even Berks-Lehigh and Cetral Jersey Backpackers. So, let me know the plan, as I'm interested in knowing how may people are interested joining even if I post quite late. Thanks.

    January 31, 2014

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