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    Alex, welcome to the forum! You've made good...

    Alex, welcome to the forum! You've made good headway on a worthy goal. I'm not working on redlining at the moment, but based on advice that I've received from leading infectious disease researchers,...
  2. If there are only a handful of people hiking the...

    If there are only a handful of people hiking the AT, so that you're not sharing shelters, and you wear a mask and minimize contact during resupplies, I think the likelihood of spreading COVID-19 are...
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    I think you mean the Dryad Falls Trail, yes?

    I think you mean the Dryad Falls Trail, yes?
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    The smell is gone. I was there yesterday, and saw...

    The smell is gone. I was there yesterday, and saw plenty of moose hair, but I didn't poke around looking for the carcass. The rain had yet to come, so the falls were mostly a trickle.

    The views...
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    While Massachusetts's transmission rate is...

    While Massachusetts's transmission rate is currently low, it is by no means out of the woods. Until 70-80% has been infected and/or has been vaccinated, those who have not been infected—still the...
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    From the article linked to above: "Meanwhile,...

    From the article linked to above:
    "Meanwhile, Emergency Medical Services were telling Leddy that it might take three or four hours to get a rescue squad up to them and they’d have to foot the bill,...
  7. Good work, Spencer! Way to represent Brattleboro!

    Good work, Spencer! Way to represent Brattleboro!
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    Hike your own hike! Kidding. It's...

    Hike your own hike!

    Kidding.

    It's disheartening, sad, and infuriating that so many are so thoughtless and selfish.
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    We shouldn't kid ourselves—we are almost surely a...

    We shouldn't kid ourselves—we are almost surely a couple of years away from normalcy. I'm in an industry that will see the vast majority of it's business lost for at least the next year, unless there...
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    I know, the police would likely have confiscated...

    I know, the police would likely have confiscated it to use for themselves. (I had an employer who would visit France a couple of times a year and always bring back a healthy amount of fois gras, and...
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    I have now made three day trips to northern New...

    I have now made three day trips to northern New Hampshire from the Greater Boston area, driving 2.5–3.5 hours, one-way, each time, and completing four hikes. Other than stopping at the trailheads,...
  12. That reminds me of something that I saw in the...

    That reminds me of something that I saw in the Brick Tavern in Roslyn, Washington, where the acclaimed Northern Exposure was filmed. It was part of the stove piping above the tavern's wood stove, and...
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    I'm not convinced that it will. It's already a...

    I'm not convinced that it will. It's already a NH200 highest, so surely it receives hordes of people already. Will it's status as a 52WAV really create a noticeable increase?

    ;)
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    Mike, what's the logic behind bringing along all...

    Mike, what's the logic behind bringing along all of your water? That's a lot of extra room and weight, not to mention extra gas on the drive up.

    We had oatmeal with Vermont Maple Syrup for most...
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    You need to do the Allagash with my younger...

    You need to do the Allagash with my younger brother. Last June we dined along the river on Chicken Provençal; Deftig-würziger Wirsingeintopf mit Kasseler (German Hearty-tasty Savoy Stew—smoked pork...
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    As Tom suggested, the woods. I would not use...

    As Tom suggested, the woods. I would not use portapotties.



    Ayup.
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    In two to six weeks we will see a significant...

    In two to six weeks we will see a significant surge in cases and deaths. We haven't suddenly become immune, just because we've been socially distancing for several months. States such as Vermont have...
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    I would be surprised if you could hear a whistle...

    I would be surprised if you could hear a whistle of a rushing stream. Last week I saw someone panning for gold in a stream, next to the road I was walking along back to my car after a bushwhack. From...
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    I would say that other than expecting to be able...

    I would say that other than expecting to be able to make a phone call, and asking his family to call SAR at 9 p.m., he did well. We can't expect that every hike will go as planned. He seems to have...
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    Making use of "Dunks" or McDonald's or other...

    Making use of "Dunks" or McDonald's or other public bathrooms should probably be avoided.

    https://www.erinbromage.com/post/the-risks-know-them-avoid-them
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    WBUR's On Point discussed quarantine fatigue and...

    WBUR's On Point discussed quarantine fatigue and harm reduction on yesterday's show. One of the primary points was that strict abstinence-based safety protocols in an epidemic only work in the short...
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    Thank you, Tim!

    Thank you, Tim!
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    Done. Thanks for all that you do, Tim.

    Done. Thanks for all that you do, Tim.
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    I've done the hike both from the East and West...

    I've done the hike both from the East and West Binney Hill Road within the past 4 years, I'd recommend East Binney Hill. You can drive just about or all the way to the Wapack. The road is a little...
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    There loops are shorter and denser than say a...

    There loops are shorter and denser than say a Smartwool or Fox River hiking sock. This contributes to their durability, helping the cushioning last longer, but it makes the cushioning feel less...
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