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    IIRC, some years back some joker left a bowling...

    IIRC, some years back some joker left a bowling ball (a real one, not candlepin) on top of one of the ADK peaks. Stayed there a while before somebody volunteered to carry it down.

    (From the...
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    Poll: Hard to answer the percentage question without...

    Hard to answer the percentage question without knowing a lot more. Parking fees need to be administered of course (somebody has to collect the money), and enforced (somebody has to patrol the lot...
  3. the Wild River trail today still runs on top of...

    the Wild River trail today still runs on top of extensive earthworks, obviously originally built for a railway. (Except for a couple of spots where the river widened and erased the railway.) ...
  4. Thanks! (Merci, Grazie, arigato, spassiba,...

    Thanks!

    (Merci, Grazie, arigato, spassiba, ta, shukran, dhanyavaad ... there, that should be long enough)
  5. Industrial Archeology: what's this scoop for?

    Found alongside the Wild River, not far from one of the old bridge sites. Date unknown.

    It's awfully shallow and flimsy for a dredge or shovel. It's made from a single sheet, yet those corner...
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    I hadn't been north of the notches since the...

    I hadn't been north of the notches since the winter, boy was I shocked by the parking situation. The one positive development is that the crackdown on parking on the Franconia Notch parkway is...
  7. I just checked the NHSP website, and it seems...

    I just checked the NHSP website, and it seems they are no longer requiring reservations for access to Monadnock parking at the State Park trailheads. I guess it's going to get more crowded on the...
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    Small rocks don't stay put when people step on...

    Small rocks don't stay put when people step on them (which they will, whenever there's mud or snow, or just because). It's one thing to carry up a handful of gravel to help fill muddy holes - that...
  9. Years ago somebody on VFTT posted a link to the...

    Years ago somebody on VFTT posted a link to the documents that defined the Pemi wilderness (and possibly others, but that was the one I was interested in at the time). On a map, the boundaries...
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    It's an extremely hard problem. There are...

    It's an extremely hard problem. There are control and feedback problems - you want to be able to lift a sledgehammer without getting tired, but still tighten a screw without smashing through the...
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    Not the case for me. New-hatched ticks are so...

    Not the case for me. New-hatched ticks are so tiny they're basically invisible. The ones I picked up were full-sized adults. Possibly, they all dropped off the same deer or herd of deer after...
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    I was wandering around Pawtuckaway on Saturday. ...

    I was wandering around Pawtuckaway on Saturday. Still traces of ice and snow in a few shadowy areas, but almost entirely dry ground. Followed the trails for half a day without incident, until I...
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    What B said. And to make it easier, especially...

    What B said.

    And to make it easier, especially on descent, take off your snowshoes. I'll put on microspikes at the drop of a hat, too.
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    Of course, I wasn't particularly well-prepared. ...

    Of course, I wasn't particularly well-prepared. No bivy equipment to speak of, lackadaisical preparation (lack of fitness and, notably, failure to carefully study the map in advance, with regard to...
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    That was me. ...

    That was me. https://www.summitpost.org/extending-the-pemi-loop/311203

    Sorry for the self-promotion and thread diversion, but I figure it's de minimis after page 4 of a thread...
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    Seems unlikely. In the past the 4000 footer...

    Seems unlikely. In the past the 4000 footer committee has articulated their policy for making changes to the list. Can't find the reference now but IIRC the essence of it is that they will keep the...
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    2020 saw a lot of travel, but not a lot of peak...

    2020 saw a lot of travel, but not a lot of peak bagging. I think my single biggest hike was when I attempted to simply walk into Mordor during the lockdown. I walked all day and didn't even reach...
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    You guys have been doing very well so far - you'd...

    You guys have been doing very well so far - you'd all get "A"s in a 1L classroom. But here DayTrip makes a classic mistake: "at least in my mind..." Many, many people have an idea of what the...
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    Yes, I was hiking that day. I recall a 35-45 mph...

    Yes, I was hiking that day. I recall a 35-45 mph wind forecast for whichever town(s) I checked (Lincoln? Conway? Berlin?) ; the high summit forecast (I barely peeked, it was obviously not a high...
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    The "restriction" is that you promise to...

    The "restriction" is that you promise to self-isolate for ten days upon return to massachusetts, or until you have the negative result of a covid test . There's no enforcement whatsoever, but if...
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    Definitely colder than yesterday, with enough of...

    Definitely colder than yesterday, with enough of a breeze to have a strong chilling effect even below treeline. Stayed low today. All the parking lots in Crawford Notch were full.
  22. Cherry Mountain (mt martha) & owl's head via cherry mountain trail, martha's mile

    Cherry Mtn Trail lot on rte 114 was not well-plowed, shallow but slippery snow. Snow tires and/or 4WD recommended (My car couldn't make it up the ramp without chains, even in reverse), but no...
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    Several years back I dropped my pack on my way to...

    Several years back I dropped my pack on my way to the Mt Tom summit. Came back to find a pine marten sniffing around. Followed him for a while but he was too quick, I couldn't get a decent photo, and...
  24. What are you basing this on? I would guess that...

    What are you basing this on? I would guess that a significant majority of hikers on Mt Washington are staying in towns like Conway and driving up rte 16 to Pinkham Notch, rather than detouring to...
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    I generally don't carry any pain medication at...

    I generally don't carry any pain medication at all. There are none that I've found effective for sprained-ankle or higher levels of pain, without either requiring very unsafe doses, or rendering me...
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