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  1. 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...
  8. 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!
  10. 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...
  11. 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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    And yet there's this, right in Boston: ...

    And yet there's this, right in Boston:

    https://www.bostonglobe.com/2020/04/17/business/nearly-third-200-blood-samples-taken-chelsea-show-exposure-coronavirus/

    Small study, but interesting.
  19. Yes, we still have a lot to learn about this new...

    Yes, we still have a lot to learn about this new virus. But just an editorial note about the flu: It's not really the case that the vaccine remains efficacious. It is correct that it is tweaked...
  20. Not starvation, which is what the "safety net"...

    Not starvation, which is what the "safety net" can help prevent. Opioids and Alcohol.
  21. Obviously getting exposed is the only way to...

    Obviously getting exposed is the only way to develop immunity **right now**.

    There will probably eventually be a vaccine. Experts say 12-18 months.

    I think the point is obvious. Keeping the...
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    For various inflammation from acute injuries in...

    For various inflammation from acute injuries in extremities, I have had good results with "contrast baths."

    Rather than just a long ice session, or a long heat session, you go back and forth a few...
  23. We should be aiming for "vaccine OR therapeutic...

    We should be aiming for "vaccine OR therapeutic drugs." The idea that a vaccine (which is 12-18 months away best case) is the *ONLY* solution guarantees the economic shutdown will progress into a...
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    Bushwhack. Remember that 99.9% of the wild...

    Bushwhack.

    Remember that 99.9% of the wild area is not on trails. Trails are thread-like very fine lines through the wild area, that let you get places more easily. That's all. Even taking into...
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    To DougPaul's point, studies in various...

    To DougPaul's point, studies in various populations have found asymptomatic proportions ranging from 20% to 50% of the positive test infected population. So for personal protection decisions, the...
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