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    I’m not an obsessive ounce counter, but it seems...

    I’m not an obsessive ounce counter, but it seems to me that once you’ve got a tarp and a bug net, the weight is getting pretty comparable to a modern ultralight solo tent. Given that a tent can be...
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    That’s mostly my approach too, but there’s no...

    That’s mostly my approach too, but there’s no denying it’s a “namby pamby” way to go about it!
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    I can’t vouch for how they work in large sizes,...

    I can’t vouch for how they work in large sizes, but I also really like those Asolo boots. Actually I prefer the Asolo 535, which is the same as the 520 except... wait for it... no Gore Tex lining! I...
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    "Just bring the snowshoes," is an easy argument...

    "Just bring the snowshoes," is an easy argument in retrospect, but it ignores what even most experienced hikers do.

    Let's face it, most days you don't need snowshoes. Few bemoan this change more...
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    Thinking only about the alpine tundra, fewer dogs...

    Thinking only about the alpine tundra, fewer dogs might be seen as a good thing.
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    I don't think that's quite right. We've inherited...

    I don't think that's quite right. We've inherited the decisions of the past, and they are not easily undone. I certainly think about what the mountains would be like with less development. Maybe...
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    On that note, I don't think that the practice of...

    On that note, I don't think that the practice of hiking mountains - let alone in the dead of winter - can survive a little logic.
  8. There's still 86 inches of snow near the top of...

    There's still 86 inches of snow near the top of Mount Mansfield:

    http://www.uvm.edu/skivt-l/?Page=depths.php
  9. I ski Atomic Rainiers on trails like this all the...

    I ski Atomic Rainiers on trails like this all the time. They're fine, though perhaps slightly more "noodley" than a straighter ski. For practical purposes though, it's not a big deal.

    The larger...
  10. Nice report. The reason that the "Maple Ridge...

    Nice report.

    The reason that the "Maple Ridge Trail" seemed like a backcountry ski trail is because you were actually on the Teardrop Trail, a CCC-era ski trail that is still maintained. :) It...
  11. No. This article is not an opinion about science;...

    No. This article is not an opinion about science; it's an opinion informed by science.

    Science tells us how the animals behave. Opinions formed by understanding the science, and reflecting on its...
  12. This is well said. I want to be a good...

    This is well said.

    I want to be a good steward of the land, and hope others hikers want to as well. In the northeast especially, the mountains are much more than a scenic backdrop to our own...
  13. I like this (or at least the past iterations of...

    I like this (or at least the past iterations of it) as a wool mid-layer:

    http://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/70861?page=shetland-wool-sweater-crew
  14. According to the article, there was no rescue...

    According to the article, there was no rescue because the hiker walked out to the road "early" Friday morning. I assume that could mean anytime after midnight.

    The main effect the NH policy on...
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    Well I guess I certainly am not getting the...

    Well I guess I certainly am not getting the Chouinard royalties, because I'd say you'd do just as well with "Mountaineering: Freedom of the Hills" which is in print and is probably at your local gear...
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    Peaks don't "count" if you ski? I've never...

    Peaks don't "count" if you ski?

    I've never cared about lists, but I'm fairly certain that is incorrect.

    Overall it looks like something that can help guide new hikers to the right places!
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    Mountaineering Freedom of the Hills may not be...

    Mountaineering Freedom of the Hills may not be the best book to get detailed information on modern rock and ice climbing safety techniques. However, it is an absolutely sound reference to learn the...
  18. I agree! Let's have the government ban certain...

    I agree! Let's have the government ban certain people from the woods so we all can have less government intrusion and more freedom!
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    You probably know this but the weather forecasts...

    You probably know this but the weather forecasts for the Presidentials are not very reliable this far out. You may want to remain flexible on your start date for the traverse if at all possible.
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    And if you want a hike idea in that region (no...

    And if you want a hike idea in that region (no idea if this gives you good odds for moose, but at least you're in the right vicinity) you could try Monadnock in Lemington, VT. Haven't hiked it myself...
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    The Northeast Kingdom and especially the Island...

    The Northeast Kingdom and especially the Island Pond area is going to be your best bet. If you're determined to see one while hiking, head off in any direction from there onto the public lands (like...
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    If the pack fits you and is comfortable and is...

    If the pack fits you and is comfortable and is close to the right size, that's good enough in my book! It's easy to find a cheap small pack if you want to have some options. In any case, 30L doesn't...
  23. Can someone remind me... if I buy a fishing...

    Can someone remind me... if I buy a fishing license each year then I'm covered. Correct?
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    It isn't convenient to the White Mountains, but...

    It isn't convenient to the White Mountains, but Outdoor Gear Exchange in Burlington, VT probably has one of the best selections of both new and used backcountry ski gear in northern New England.
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    If you're planning to use skis on mostly flat...

    If you're planning to use skis on mostly flat ground, then NNN-BC will work very well, and be efficient. But for most things sloped and ungroomed, I think you'd probably prefer the stability and...
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