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  1. Thanks for the sad update. They can free up a...

    Thanks for the sad update. They can free up a crew to demolish stuff but cant justify rebuilding. I guess the abutments become "historical relics".
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    Mt Washington Hotel Expanding

    https://www.conwaydailysun.com/business/local/omni-mount-washington-resort-breaks-ground-on-expansion/article_1cac39d0-d670-11e9-8a39-a71a59f7b687.html

    Looks like the new owner of Omni has finally...
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    Still mostly green in Gorham with a few early...

    Still mostly green in Gorham with a few early trees. There is hard frost predicted tonight so that usually gets the color moving
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    Years ago when lists mattered to me there was the...

    Years ago when lists mattered to me there was the final round of active logging on the upper reaches of the mountain. They did a large clearcut just south of the Firewardens trail on the east side....
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    Sadly Middle Abraham dropped off the list 20 plus...

    Sadly Middle Abraham dropped off the list 20 plus years ago. Definitely a loss as its nice summit.

    I think either Kennebago Divide or Cupsuptic Snow replaced it, turning the 4 pack into the 6...
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    Abraham is pretty simple via the firewardens...

    Abraham is pretty simple via the firewardens trail. The biggest challenge is the drive to the trailhead via a logging road which varies year to year. There is also a bridge that has washed out in the...
  7. For the last ten years I have ramped down on gear...

    For the last ten years I have ramped down on gear acquisition. I used to update on occasion while sectioning the AT but since then I mostly am recycling gear purchased in the past. I don't think I am...
  8. Running boundary in the Maine woods is a...

    Running boundary in the Maine woods is a challenge at best. The general concept of the AT relocation effort in Maine 30 years ago was to get the trail up on the ridgeline and out of productive...
  9. One of challenges of following boundary lines is...

    One of challenges of following boundary lines is there are 3" aluminum disks glued to ledge or set on top of short pipe in the ground every 900 yards. Hard to find even with perfect bearings and no...
  10. Got caught by the change in declination

    I had read that Magnetic pole is moving impacting declination but I really hadn't let is impact backcountry navigation until yesterday. I was following my very hard to follow AT boundary section and...
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    I actually do not paddle with my shoulders and do...

    I actually do not paddle with my shoulders and do the torso twist most of the time but there are several specialized turning strokes that need shoulder strength. Many of the long term paddlers...
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    Be aware that different types of kayaks are...

    Be aware that different types of kayaks are specialized for different uses and folks frequently end up buying one and deciding that as they gain experience that their original choice does not match...
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    Definitely an extra 2 miles unless you bring a...

    Definitely an extra 2 miles unless you bring a mountain bike. I posted a trip report a few days ago.
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    Glad you had fun. I guess you missed the...

    Glad you had fun. I guess you missed the blueberries so have to go back ;). I think the CCW concept has a lot to said for it. Since most folks are heading in the same direction the trail feels less...
  15. Theresa was standing in the center of the old...

    Theresa was standing in the center of the old channel, with the old channel behind her. The old channel is completely dry and is several feet above the new channel.
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    Sadly, you have it right. The decision has been...

    Sadly, you have it right. The decision has been made and public comment is just a box to click off. If there are enough written (IMO they ignore emails and phone calls) comments they will delay the...
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    Many of the shelters had the unfortunate problem...

    Many of the shelters had the unfortunate problem that they tended to attract crowds. I remember one october weekend when there were over 50 tents in the woods around Desolation shelter. Folks looked...
  18. Mother Natures revenge on Lower Rocky Branch

    I went with a few of my redlining friends on their quest to burn up red ink on the Rocky Branch trail. I have done the easterly section from RT 16 many times over the years but always turned right on...
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    Mt Langdon Shelter Removal

    https://www.conwaydailysun.com/news/local/bartlett-selectmen-oppose-dismantling-langdon-shelter/article_c00bd4a2-d0dd-11e9-b42b-afdab180cb0c.html

    The national forest is slowly running out of...
  20. FYI The Maine Land Use Planning Commission (LUPC)...

    FYI The Maine Land Use Planning Commission (LUPC) voted to delay approval of the project. They act as a "planning board for the unorganized townships. There is separate petition drive effort to put...
  21. Thread: Pack Goats

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    I had asked the goat packers I met about if the...

    I had asked the goat packers I met about if the goats were browsing the local vegetation. They were quite adamant that they carried the goats feed with them and the goats did not browse. I agree if...
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    I think they rerouted into the woods a bit around...

    I think they rerouted into the woods a bit around the worst spots but on both trips I really disliked this last section.
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    Its ultimately your call, I am willing to wait...

    Its ultimately your call, I am willing to wait for the weather to do a trail like this. It took me three tries to get the North Peaks trail and was glad I did as I have had hypothermia before from a...
  24. Trail Reconstruction at BSP on Katahdin

    https://www.pressherald.com/2019/09/08/trail-maintenance-with-a-new-twist-many-new-twists-on-katahdin/

    Looks like the park is finally trying deal with the conditions on popular trails. Over the...
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    IMHO, buy a book and spend a day hanging out at...

    IMHO, buy a book and spend a day hanging out at camp. Unless you just need to check off a box on list, doing the Traveler Loop in crappy weather is a waste of time as the major draw is the extensive...
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