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  1. A history of Northeast 'superhiking' (Non Winter)

    Written by Erik Schlimmer

    https://thetrek.co/history-northeast-superhiking-part-non-winter-peakbagging/

    Quite a few familiar names in here, if you've been around a while...
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    Done, and BTW, it says 2012, so I hope my money...

    Done, and BTW, it says 2012, so I hope my money does not go back to the future!
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    This is one of the better ideas 'they' have come...

    This is one of the better ideas 'they' have come up with. It allows parking at big lots, and it passes by a lot of popular trail heads. It seems odd to me not to charge for this, I would gladly pay a...
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    My GPS has a 'avoid unpaved roads' option....

    My GPS has a 'avoid unpaved roads' option....
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    I agree that New England's declination is not...

    I agree that New England's declination is not changing rapidly, as the Pole seems to be receding almost directly away from us right now.
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    Bill Fiedler took over as the new caretaker upon...

    Bill Fiedler took over as the new caretaker upon Bill Scholl’s retirement and he can be reached at (607) 221-1277 to arrange for
    permission to hike.
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    The Galloping North Magnetic Pole

    Depending on where you live, the NMP may be changing the direction your compass points at a rapidly increasing rate. This can also make your map lines obsolete.

    Article:...
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    I've been to all of those places, and with one...

    I've been to all of those places, and with one exception, there is great hiking there. There is also a considerable weather swing in several of those. Certainly 'California' does not even begin to...
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    I'll have to defer to @bignslow, if he still...

    I'll have to defer to @bignslow, if he still reads/posts here.
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    No, but that is only a temporary solution. They...

    No, but that is only a temporary solution. They will rot, or blow away, or fall over.

    We actually brought wands when we went above tree line for Katahdin a few years ago, but we were coming back...
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    My phone has no built in compass, and it's almost...

    My phone has no built in compass, and it's almost brand new. My GPS app (Back Country Navigator) will make an attempt to tell me what direction I am going, in spite of that.

    I've (almost) been in...
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    Thanks, Alan, same to you! We hiked yesterday...

    Thanks, Alan, same to you!

    We hiked yesterday (Thursday), and we're having family over today.
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    Sorry, I'll try to stay abreast of your next post.

    Sorry, I'll try to stay abreast of your next post.
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    LOL, you can tell who is from NY here (I guess...

    LOL, you can tell who is from NY here (I guess myself excluded!) :D :p ;)
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    I went searching for the 'Like' button for this...

    I went searching for the 'Like' button for this post. (Some Forums have one! Hint! Hint!) :D
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    I'll assume that's sarcasm, but does the FTFC...

    I'll assume that's sarcasm, but does the FTFC ever precisely define any summit location? Or, do all of them have signs now? (It's been a while, but I do have 3 rounds)
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    NY has a Nippletop, on the 46'er list. I remember...

    NY has a Nippletop, on the 46'er list. I remember one of my friends, on approaching the summit 'cone', saying 'Looks like we're still on the ***'.
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    CaptCaper, your response is subjective. What if I...

    CaptCaper, your response is subjective. What if I dislike Tecumseh because it is near a ski center, and love Isolation because of its - Isolation :confused:

    The best approach is science and data....
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    The trail has been re-routed and re-opened, sans...

    The trail has been re-routed and re-opened, sans metal rungs...

    The link above has more details, as does the 3500 club facebook page.
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    2019 version: While the Catskills are...

    2019 version:

    While the Catskills are sometimes seen as ‘easy’ peaks, they can present formidable challenges to the winter hiker. Tom and Laurie Rankin will share their winter mountaineering...
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    To be clear, it is not a marked path, it's still...

    To be clear, it is not a marked path, it's still technically a herd path. That makes it harder to find in the Winter if you are the first one up there.

    And as stated, the brook crossing can be...
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    Bump: As a reminder, the latest sunrise of the...

    Bump: As a reminder, the latest sunrise of the year (in the northeast) is coming up soon. Basically, it's the day before DST ends. Scroll up for details...

    And of course, after DST ends, it will...
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    That and 500 or so posts on various Facebook...

    That and 500 or so posts on various Facebook pages! :rolleyes:
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    Trail Closure on Twin in the Catskills

    The DEC has closed the Western approach to Twin, due to safety concerns. The East approach remains open.

    DEC Press Release

    So a Devil's Path traverse is off the table until the situation is...
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    It's against regulations in NY state....

    It's against regulations in NY state....
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