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    I've been to Scaur Peak a couple of times, and...

    I've been to Scaur Peak a couple of times, and enjoyed each. No tree-less sweeping views, but a short, fun summit hike up a moderately steep cone. Less than 15 minutes from the Pine Bend Brook...
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    Great point -- slow the faster hiker(s) down so...

    Great point -- slow the faster hiker(s) down so as to match the pace of the slowest hiker by assigning them a filtration chore -- with a payoff of needed additional water. A complementary tactic:...
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    Always fun to see how various products stack up...

    Always fun to see how various products stack up in the experience of hiking my friends. My issue with filtration and sterilization in whatever form is one of process rather than product. On a long...
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    . . . and the insignificance of the monies...

    . . . and the insignificance of the monies involved with these sales makes it that much more difficult to discern a downside.
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    Let's be clear here. I stated that revenues from...

    Let's be clear here. I stated that revenues from the leftovers come in as gratuities to the croo. I did not state that the gratuities are non-taxable -- the same tax rules apply to croo as apply to...
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    A hut's 'retail' offerings fall into two...

    A hut's 'retail' offerings fall into two categories. In the first category are the aforementioned safety-related items that folks forget to bring, along with a few items of hut swag--all stored and...
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    I agree, great info. However just so we're...

    I agree, great info. However just so we're clear, the 'vanilla' approach works fine. Just park at the designated lot at the current southern terminus of TBR from 112 and follow the blazed mile-plus...
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    Other than as a manifestation of an intrepid sense of exploration and adventure, I'm not seeing the logic to taking that route to the falls either. As you encounter the aforementioned 'boggy mess',...
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    Definitely worth the wait. For one of my BSP...

    Definitely worth the wait. For one of my BSP hiking partners years ago, its distinctive, bouldery character inspired him to refer to it as The Delightful Dudley Trail after experiencing it as the...
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    Last time I was atop W. Scar, there were...

    Last time I was atop W. Scar, there were canisters on both the E and W bumps (Feb 2011). They were considered as equivalent, and I believe that they still are.
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    In the nicest of ways. He does inspire! My...

    In the nicest of ways. He does inspire!

    My own Pemi program is to see how close I can get to twice his time!

    Alex
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    Pardon the digression, but this brings to mind...

    Pardon the digression, but this brings to mind the irony in the behavior of drivers I often see at the Appalachia lot -- all most likely in for 9 miles or more of serious hiking -- plying the lot...
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    The shuttle isn't applicable when the lot is...

    The shuttle isn't applicable when the lot is "just about full". Rather, (1) the lot has to *completely* fill up, (2) turned-away drivers need to get to the offsite lot and park, (3) they need to...
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    The logic here escapes me. The reason the...

    The logic here escapes me. The reason the shuttles start at 8:30am is that this is when the on-site lots fill up on those 1000-person Saturdays. The halfway-up-the-mountain-at-8 crowd can park in...
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    Tim, enthusiastic congrats! Also, great pix of...

    Tim, enthusiastic congrats! Also, great pix of you guys on a gorgeous summit!

    For me, so far so good with the forecast...

    Alex
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    Great point. Clearly the challenge lies in...

    Great point. Clearly the challenge lies in trying to get formal with standards across personal contexts rather than within them.

    Alex
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    I traditionally join with several fellow AMC-ers...

    I traditionally join with several fellow AMC-ers to offer a single-day presi traverse each June. Often, we'll encounter and cross an approximately 1-acre snow field on the east side of Jefferson's...
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    Yes, you'd be starting at a point that's publicly...

    Yes, you'd be starting at a point that's publicly accessible by car, and ending at one.
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    Nope (that is, unless by some fluke the Edmands...

    Nope (that is, unless by some fluke the Edmands lot was publicly accessible by car.) By the AMC list rules (e.g., W48, WNE100), the completion time for a peak is the time at which you reach a point...
  20. Thread: Crust at last

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    This evidently is location dependent. On Sunday...

    This evidently is location dependent. On Sunday I led a group up Waumbek. While still on the sunny segment of the Starr King Trail (completely broken out), I stepped off the trail to test exactly...
  21. I carry a heavy coal shovel for just that reason....

    I carry a heavy coal shovel for just that reason. Less efficient than a snow shovel for loose snow, but naked kryptonite to icy plowings.
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    No last minute booking of anything, at least as of last year. They require a week of lead time, purportedly to allow time for updates to get out to all staff members that you're coming -- for safety...
  23. Wow, what an amazing amount of angst and...

    Wow, what an amazing amount of angst and speculation! Whomever of us is first to Marshfield Station when it's open simply needs to ask the necessary clarifying questions of the supervisor there. My...
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    Ditto on this caution. This is serious above...

    Ditto on this caution. This is serious above tree line terrain, and tough to navigate in all but optimal conditions. Coming via the Chin from the northeast, I was glad to have wands to get my group...
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    The shuttle runs every half hour, from 8:30am to...

    The shuttle runs every half hour, from 8:30am to 8:00pm, Fri-Mon. Last day of service is Sunday 10/14.


    Alex
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