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    I think the idea behind the pledge is that, for...

    I think the idea behind the pledge is that, for many people, they have never encountered back country ethics before. By giving someone a chance to read a few key ones, and then ask them actively to...
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    Not a big fan of environmental stewardship? ...

    Not a big fan of environmental stewardship? Sorry to hear that! From the number of feet that widen the trail at muddy spots instead of walking straight down the middle, the number of orange and...
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    Yes, I did fear the article would be behind a...

    Yes, I did fear the article would be behind a firewall.

    The nation of Palau now stamps a pledge into visitor's passports and has them sign them upon entering the country!
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    Tourism pledges

    Various tourist areas are asking visitors to sign a pledge to uphold various ethical behaviors while they are in the location. Interesting idea! (a) It's a chance to plant a seed in people's minds,...
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    "Augmented"

    In 1982 a man lost his lower legs to frostbite on Mt. Washington.

    There is a new movie coming out, Augmented, about his obtaining new prosthetic ones, and the technology of prosthetics in...
  6. It was fascinating reading about her career. ...

    It was fascinating reading about her career. First, it's extremely hard just to get a fullltime position in the first place, but once one does, those folks often move around a lot as they work their...
  7. Yellowstone has its first female chief ranger

    That fact that Yellowstone is a 147 years old is pretty darn cool!

    The fact it now has its first female chief ranger is also (finally) pretty darn cool.
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  8. Thank you for this wisdom! It is interesting how...

    Thank you for this wisdom! It is interesting how humans frame this as a "bear problem" when we are the cause.

    Brian
  9. The Dirtbag Diaries just released a simply...

    The Dirtbag Diaries just released a simply beautiful piece on a how one man responded to the closing of Joshua Tree. It is absolutely lovely, and both powerful and thought-provoking.

    For those...
  10. Looking back to my original posting, I did state...

    Looking back to my original posting, I did state that this reminded me of when the WMNF was shut down, and we were explicitly told to stay off. Maybe you didn't know that, but it was in fact the...
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    Thank you, Tom! I remember watching snow...

    Thank you, Tom!

    I remember watching snow boarders one nice winters day jumping off a ramp, gosh, we must have watched for forty-five minutes, and while Tecumseh has been my go-to on rainy days...
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    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1022045962...

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10220459626463032

    And inside,

    'Mt Tecumseh 3997 Ft. 2019'[/QUOTE]

    Unfortunately, the link is not available to me. Does someone happen to have a...
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    So, to summarize, you asked, two people told you...

    So, to summarize, you asked, two people told you not to do this loop if it rains, and you replied something to the extend of, "If I drive up there, I'm going to do it, because I can't drive all that...
  14. That you for having the courage to write this! ...

    That you for having the courage to write this!

    When we do something, it's fine. When they do something, it's awful. It is a helpful reminder to remember that in another person's eyes, the "we"...
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    At least at one point, one of our own was the...

    At least at one point, one of our own was the maintainer. Rocket21, I think he goes by. Jeremy, yes?

    Brian
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    This formula is for calories burned while moving....

    This formula is for calories burned while moving. That is a different thing from calories that go in the mouth, or the calories that go in the mouth that are consumed by the body.

    While a bit...
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    The AMC has many facets, and for a hiker's forum...

    The AMC has many facets, and for a hiker's forum such as this, it may, admittedly, be hard to remember that. But when the organization is thinking about "inclusion," having a mountain on its logo...
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    Calorie calculator for hiking

    https://www.outsideonline.com/2394938/how-many-calories-burned-hiking?fbclid=IwAR2tzZooHQIMwEa-Z1nUgsQpeSQXwnVCujP9BovUkKN2Mmn5byjr4QV08fQ

    The Army just came up with a new calorie calculator for...
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    It circulated through Patagonia stores a few...

    It circulated through Patagonia stores a few years back. Barry Blanchard came to the New Haven store to introduce the movie, which was pretty neat, and I was able to buy a t-shirt that says, "Will...
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    This is a race. What kind? For speed runners on...

    This is a race. What kind? For speed runners on the AT, which is contiguous, it makes sense to clock from start to finish. But look at the Tour de France, which is in stages. If one were going by...
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    now the Grid is being speed hiked

    https://www.telegram.com/news/20190717/worcester-hiker-philip-carcia-completes-white-mountain-challenge-in-record-time?fbclid=IwAR00i_kEy_lJVikeSeJZjA3IS8QN4q9AJllJf3s4GQEsf1rP0cGinEEh22I

    319 days...
  22. Part of the joy of being outdoors are meeting...

    Part of the joy of being outdoors are meeting other people who enjoy the same. The only people who don't respond back to a friendly greeting usually strike me as folks who are new to hiking and...
  23. It's hard to get people to take bears seriously. ...

    It's hard to get people to take bears seriously. I was on the Colorado Trail, staying in a place named, of all things, Bear Creek, and met to young men who gave me trails names, but weren't even...
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    The Franconia Shuttle

    We drove up on the Fourth of July to hike Lincoln-Lafayette. They have implemented the parking ban on I-93 now (and two hours at the next lot). We arrived at 8:45am, and were the fourth car after...
  25. Mountains that have had their "summits" moved

    Was just on Mt. Tom, and wow, they have done some really impressive trail work on the A-Z Trail!

    The summit has also been moved from the old overlook. There is now a cairn, and past the cairn is...
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