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    Yes, I have dramatically scaled back the...

    Yes, I have dramatically scaled back the internet based research and planning of my backpacking trips over the years. Maps and WM guide are sufficient and preferred at this point. Some of it is...
  2. I use these as my hiking, water crossing, and...

    I use these as my hiking, water crossing, and camp shoes. Just change out my socks in camp.

    /https://www.rei.com/product/147068/salomon-crossamphibian-swift-2-water-shoes-mens

    I wouldn't use...
  3. What is the acceptable local distance to travel...

    What is the acceptable local distance to travel for exercise? :confused:

    We have been working down the street and back every evening, but this weekend I drove 16 miles to from Auburn MA to...
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    You are exaggerating people's positions. Support...

    You are exaggerating people's positions. Support does not need to be unconditional support.

    I support the Cog and Auto Road Operations and appreciate both Companies' assistance with rescues and...
  5. Hunting is on the decline, cutting into funding for conservatiion

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/hunting-is-slowly-dying-off-and-that-has-created-a-crisis-for-the-nations-public-lands/2020/02/02/554f51ac-331b-11ea-a053-dc6d944ba776_story.html?itid=pm_pop
  6. Time may take care of this... If I was in the...

    Time may take care of this...

    If I was in the market to buy a second home as a base for winter activities, I would definitely head far North.
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    Did you make the wands from a DIY link? I have...

    Did you make the wands from a DIY link?

    I have never gone above treeline in the winter unless it is a bluebird day (because I hike alone and have an aversion to risk).

    Placing wands, in...
  8. I hope this wasn't vandalism or theft by hikers. ...

    I hope this wasn't vandalism or theft by hikers. That would be unacceptable, criminal, behavior.

    The Cog is a private business and they owe hikers nothing.

    On a related note, a poster on FB...
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    I haven't dug a snow cave since I was a kid. ...

    I haven't dug a snow cave since I was a kid.

    I strongly suggest a partner to handle the rest of the camp chores. I expect you are going to get really warm, really quickly, from the labor and...
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    An analogy to this type of issue happened to me...

    An analogy to this type of issue happened to me this summer. Left my pack on the trail to dig a cat-hole, went fair distance into the brush, and got turned around....So then a moment or two of...
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    I definitely oppose people hunting. Bear...

    I definitely oppose people hunting. Bear hunting? Ok, that's a different story.
  12. These remind me of the "ice fisherman" winter...

    These remind me of the "ice fisherman" winter gloves I bought at Cabala's when I was first starting out winter camping. Great early on but moisture laden and compromised by the end of the day.

    I...
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    I have camped into single digits overnight lows...

    I have camped into single digits overnight lows in my hammock with top and bottom quilts but it was a series of trips / learning curve to get that dialed-in. Anything below that, I greatly prefer to...
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    Wow. I have been fortunate enough to work...

    Wow.

    I have been fortunate enough to work and/or visit most of our States; including Alaska and Hawaii.

    I will tell you every State has residents who wholeheartedly believe their State is...
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    https://www.flickr.com/photos/gcquinn/albums/72157...

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/gcquinn/albums/72157614857803871

    Here is one more link to round out the Story of Dr. Miller and Dr. Quinn.

    The link is to a Flickr album by Mr. Geoff Quinn, one...
  16. I understand, and have some limited experience,...

    I understand, and have some limited experience, using terrain association with map as the primary method to bushwhack to a big targets like slides, ponds, waterfalls, back to a trail, etc. But the...
  17. Thread: Why hike?

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    Solitude and a sense of wilderness. I rarely...

    Solitude and a sense of wilderness.

    I rarely go to the summits. I enjoy backpacking to an unestablished site, setting up a camp, and exploring the surrounding forest; especially any nearby...
  18. Based on the number of TP blooms in the Spring at...

    Based on the number of TP blooms in the Spring at the summit, Madison hut, and LOC Hut...exploiters
  19. Is there a possible compromise? Could the...

    Is there a possible compromise?

    Could the railroad switch be moved down a bit, the platform built lower on the summit cone, and the "extra length" of track in front of the Adams building demo'd? ...
  20. Once upon a time, I found crossing the Cypress...

    Once upon a time, I found crossing the Cypress Brook on the Highwater Trail to be only slightly less scary than the trying to crossing the Wild River. So I wasn't a fan of the trail before it washed...
  21. Does your friend consider the trail hiked for...

    Does your friend consider the trail hiked for trail bagging purposes OR did you just leave a whole bunches of chads hanging out there? :rolleyes:
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    DayTrip, I am very surprised that you are...

    DayTrip,

    I am very surprised that you are implying that "ultra runners, list baggers, fastest known timers and other groups of people hiking for achievement/competitive purposes" are not enjoying...
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    Not all apps are equal. Same as having a lousy...

    Not all apps are equal. Same as having a lousy map or a good map.

    I doubt any of them had Guthook's App. He doesn't publish a section until his company has developed the GPS data.
  24. Or a winter rescue... I think Great Gulf, Dry...

    Or a winter rescue...

    I think Great Gulf, Dry River, and Lincoln Brook are all examples of trails should be well maintained because people allow themselves to get funneled into those drainages...
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    I LOVE LOVE LOVE planning my backpacking trips...

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE planning my backpacking trips using Guthook's App.

    The app generates the distance - elevation profiles, has viewpoints and water sources called out, and has photos of all major...
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