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  1. 8.5% is still a pretty significant tax for going...

    8.5% is still a pretty significant tax for going out to eat, particularly when multiplied by the growing tabs courtesy inflation.

    Perhaps a better way to handle the SAR issue could be to draw...
  2. FIFY Not all USFS Wilderness areas have the...

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    Not all USFS Wilderness areas have the WMNF charades.
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    Poll: I think the parking lot should be expanded. I do...

    I think the parking lot should be expanded. I do not advocate collecting a fee there at this juncture, knowing that the funds in that park already do not go to hiking infrastructure (hard for me to...
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    My recollection from a few months ago is that...

    My recollection from a few months ago is that there is still some really old stuff out there (judging by the moss), so although "clip and clean" was probably very good, it will take a lot more effort...
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    It is one of the most spectacular view ledges in...

    It is one of the most spectacular view ledges in that section of the WMNF and locals have been going there for years. It should NOT be closed.

    I have spent a lot of time volunteering for multiple...
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    That view ledge has been a destination for a very...

    That view ledge has been a destination for a very long time. If you have a number of people trying to access it the same way (in this case, logically via the summit) and you don't provide a...
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    I visited Albany last fall for the first time in...

    I visited Albany last fall for the first time in a few years. The decomissioning of the unified view spur has created environmental damage. Here's an example of how the cairns were "scattered:"...
  8. Thread: Bootleg sign?

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    Brushing in a problem area takes a few minutes. ...

    Brushing in a problem area takes a few minutes. Construction of stone steps/drainage/scree takes many days.

    Regardless, trail creep is a huge problem, dramatically exasperated by "social...
  9. Thread: Bootleg sign?

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    I haven't been up the north slide since last...

    I haven't been up the north slide since last year, but I did not interpret that sign to be directing me onto a herd path.
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    There have been herd paths on the north side of...

    There have been herd paths on the north side of the approach to the slide proper for years. Unfortunately, many herd paths and overall trail creep in the state have become much more prevalent since...
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    My opinion is that if one goes into either...

    My opinion is that if one goes into either "bushwhack" without the ability to navigate off-trail, they may become disoriented or lost. If one goes into the "bushwhacks" expecting to bushwhack, they...
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    Thank you for filling in the bypasses. Most...

    Thank you for filling in the bypasses. Most hikers do not know how much damage is caused by skipping switchbacks or walking off trail to avoid a blowdown or "socially distance."
  13. I think it's important to note that the Cog is...

    I think it's important to note that the Cog is receiving financing, not funding. It is a secured loan. The state is lending the Cog $1.2 million for a 20 year term at prime plus 1%. By the end of...
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    The mask mandate remains in place in certain...

    The mask mandate remains in place in certain towns (typically college towns).

    Businesses may choose if they wish to mandate face masks on their customers.

    Fortunately, there have been some...
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    I think the second sentence answers the question...

    I think the second sentence answers the question posed by the first.
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    Appears to be yet another rescue that could have...

    Appears to be yet another rescue that could have been prevented with better planning and bringing snowshoes.

    I feel bad for my friends in SAR getting all of these avoidable call outs.
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    What is so odd about carrying a cellphone? Few...

    What is so odd about carrying a cellphone? Few folks go anywhere sans-cellphone nowadays.
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    I think more people are losing their footwear in...

    I think more people are losing their footwear in postholes because more people are not wearing snowshoes.

    If you posthole deeply while barebooting/Microspiking, you may well go up to your hip in...
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    This should be a cautionary tale to anyone who...

    This should be a cautionary tale to anyone who goes into the higher peaks in early to mid spring without snowshoes. It may seem firm enough to get up, but things can change, and change quickly. ...
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    Twinway two days ago. Gravity wouldn't be kind...

    Twinway two days ago. Gravity wouldn't be kind to Microspikers on this softening snowpack.

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    When in challenging mountain terrain, Microspikes...

    When in challenging mountain terrain, Microspikes are toys. Unfortunately it sometimes take a failure of Micropsikes to learn this (and there have been some serious injuries over the years). My...
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    https://www.vftt.org/forums/attachment.php?attachm...

    https://www.vftt.org/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=6628&d=1616101432

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    -Trekking poles are very helpful in allowing one...

    -Trekking poles are very helpful in allowing one to take measured steps.

    -If there's room, traversing also helps.

    -Getting the hang of glissading while still standing also helps for those rare...
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    A good mountain snowshoe will allow you to walk...

    A good mountain snowshoe will allow you to walk down most any packed snow surface. The Tubbs Flex line is very good for this. They will consistently outperform Microspikes.
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    Interesting to see how history is changing before...

    Interesting to see how history is changing before our very eyes...

    March 6, 2021:
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