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    Another thing to observe among the various forums...

    Another thing to observe among the various forums is the varying degree of moderation:

    VFTT is quite tightly moderated, which makes it a nice place, even though it limits the discussion a bit....
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    I haven't done much of this route, but hammocking...

    I haven't done much of this route, but hammocking near treeline could be a challenge, with the little dwarf brushy trees. You might need to set up a little lower where the trees are substantial...
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    One example that you can look at samples of for...

    One example that you can look at samples of for ideas:

    http://www.adirondackrock.com/

    (This one is "high end" in terms of content, editing and format. You might not want to spend enough to do...
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    Testing is readily available. I just got tested...

    Testing is readily available. I just got tested (negative, happily) because I traveled to visit an ill elderly relative. It was easy and convenient, and the clinic told me that if I had not had...
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    I don't think the virus listens to rhetoric. But...

    I don't think the virus listens to rhetoric. But there are many factors that do matter, including population density, and the recent mass protests with almost zero precautions nor any attempt to ask...
  6. Thread: Re-Openings

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    Truth. Don't get dreamy. The "÷utdoor" groups...

    Truth. Don't get dreamy. The "÷utdoor" groups are no different from any other money based organization.
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    And one more thing: check for interference with...

    And one more thing: check for interference with you radio antenna. My 2015 Forester has the older radio antenna which is flexible and also removable, so it can easily be folded down or removed to...
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    On the "who gets out of the way" question, common...

    On the "who gets out of the way" question, common courtesy and awareness of one's surroundings are the only real rule that matters. On our narrow Adirondack trails, there are fairly long stretches...
  9. I've had a bunch of packs through the years with...

    I've had a bunch of packs through the years with varying degrees of ability to attach snowshoes (I also prefer the "vertical, on-the -back" location).

    Some packs have good attachment systems. But...
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    I know a crowd of people who are anxious for a...

    I know a crowd of people who are anxious for a collapse to happen.

    Russia; Ukraine; Covid all didn't do the job. Riots are the current "best hope."

    I predicted this with precise accuracy in...
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    Well based on the latest CDC data, that "death...

    Well based on the latest CDC data, that "death rate" fear number from the fear-mongering NYTimes is simply wrong:
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    Even our Governor Cuomo now admits that all this...

    Even our Governor Cuomo now admits that all this fear mongering guesswork is just that:

    "Now, people can speculate. People can guess. I think next week, I think two weeks, I think a month," Cuomo...
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    "SOS" button on Garmin InReach. And in...

    "SOS" button on Garmin InReach.

    And in reference to the earlier day, there are only a few injuries that will kill you overnight. Old story: A guy was on a 3-4 day solo ski trip in the Pharaoh...
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    Long ago before technology I would occasionally...

    Long ago before technology I would occasionally go on solo bushwhacks. Like others above, I relied on leaving a map with my wife, and sticking faithfully to my planned route.

    But regarding a...
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    Easy quiz: 1. Planned better, explained to my...

    Easy quiz:

    1. Planned better, explained to my family that I might decide to stay overnight, rather than automatically triggering a rescue call at 9PM. (Especially since he had obviously (and...
  16. It's nice we have some pretty dark sky here in...

    It's nice we have some pretty dark sky here in the Adirondacks.

    Darkest sky I've seen was in various camps going up the Khumbu Valley in Nepal. Above Namche, there's very little artificial light....
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    Thanks, Tim!

    Thanks, Tim!
  18. I have often thought that if something were to...

    I have often thought that if something were to happen to extend Lake Ontario to the east, all the way over to the Saranac lake area, that the lake effect snow in the ADK high peaks would be...
  19. Thread: Old school VFTT

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    Fabulous representation of Pete Hickey, one of...

    Fabulous representation of Pete Hickey, one of our all time favorite trail-masters!
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    Yes. That's exactly what I am saying. Almost...

    Yes. That's exactly what I am saying. Almost all people in this country are well intentioned. But there are certainly some, mostly in the government and corporate "halls of power" who would...
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    Encouragingly, a couple of companies now say they...

    Encouragingly, a couple of companies now say they have a good chance of having a vaccine ready by the fall of 2020. And development of widespread testing is proceeding rapidly, as well. In fact,...
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    Of interest regarding state-to-state variation: ...

    Of interest regarding state-to-state variation:

    https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/coronavirus-response-florida-new-york-results-compare-william-bennett-seth-leibsohn

    (Read this for the facts and...
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    Like some others, I have it very easy. I live in...

    Like some others, I have it very easy. I live in the Adirondacks, I'm retired, and I prefer to bushwhack. So this situation has not really changed my hiking at all.

    There is obviously a conflict...
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    Yes the isolation is a bit sad, but it's the best...

    Yes the isolation is a bit sad, but it's the best way to protect that age group.

    Tidbit: In Florida, the state mandated that virus positive patients be kept away from nursing homes and senior...
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    Don't know if this picture will show up. This is...

    Don't know if this picture will show up. This is Massachusetts COVID19 deaths as of a couple days ago. Obviously the emphasis needs to be on protecting the elderly.

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