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  1. I'm pretty sure you're talking about what is now...

    I'm pretty sure you're talking about what is now the Albany Town Forest. Nice quiet access to the Swift River, passed by the usual Kanc mobs. Some walking paths. Can't say that I've ever seen anyone...
  2. Another close call this past weekend:...

    Another close call this past weekend: https://www.mountwashingtonavalanchecenter.org/long-sliding-fall-february-24-2018/
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    I can't help with a specific compass per-se, but...

    I can't help with a specific compass per-se, but will mention that I finally broke down and admitted to myself that my near-field vision isn't what it used to be and purchased some sports-specific...
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    I'll second the recommendation for Ragged...

    I'll second the recommendation for Ragged Mountain Outfitters in Interval NH (but it's not southern NE as originally asked). I had them replace the straps on some bike panniers a few months ago....
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    I wonder how the folks who were so up in arms...

    I wonder how the folks who were so up in arms about the Trail Bandit Ossipee Mountain Range map feel about the Strava Heatmap? Many of the contentious trails are quite obvious on Strava, which is...
  6. I second (third?) the Rob Brook trails, but there...

    I second (third?) the Rob Brook trails, but there are definitely hills to be found once you get off the main logging road. There's a good mountain bike trail map for that area available at most local...
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    Another advantage of the local team making it to...

    Another advantage of the local team making it to the post-season: the trails and slopes are less crowded on playoff/Super Bowl days... So go Pats!
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    I'm a fan of NNN BC boots and bindings. I'm a big...

    I'm a fan of NNN BC boots and bindings. I'm a big guy, and the same setup works well on my touring center/in-track skis and my lighter backcountry skis. So one pair of comfortable boots (Alpina...
  9. Thread: Summer shuttle

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    Bill @ Mountain Courier Shuttle, 207-329-6433,...

    Bill @ Mountain Courier Shuttle, 207-329-6433, was more than happy to shuttle me and my big dog from Lincoln Woods to Zealand, and on my own schedule.
  10. Thread: Trail respect

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    I was doing a little ski tour last year, and was...

    I was doing a little ski tour last year, and was similarly cursing those a-holes that had destroyed the trail by postholing it all to heck. Then I came around a corner and discovered that the a-holes...
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    Grilled cheese sandwiches on hearty bread, cooked...

    Grilled cheese sandwiches on hearty bread, cooked extra well done then cut into bite-sized cubes. Carry them in a belt pouch for easy snackin' access. Nice alternative to cheese and crackers and...
  12. When 16 north bound is backed up from the Kanc...

    When 16 north bound is backed up from the Kanc intersection: right on 113 for a bit, then left on gravel road just past the quarry. Road becomes paved after a few hundred feet. Follow Pequawket Dr,...
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    White Ledge was still gated last weekend, and I...

    White Ledge was still gated last weekend, and I suspect will be until Memorial Day. There's usually room for 4 - 6 cars to the sides of the gate, depending on how smartly people park...

    The loop...
  14. Thread: Parking Lots

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    The Ferncroft trailhead is almost always plowed,...

    The Ferncroft trailhead is almost always plowed, and holds maybe 20 cars. The Tamworth Outing Club grooms some XC trails from there, so it tends to fill up quickly on weekends.
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    I did my first Presi Traverse in the company of...

    I did my first Presi Traverse in the company of Porkchop (and Paprika). What a wonderful dog, I still think of him while hiking in the Whites. I'm sure he has inspired many hikers, both two- and...
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    Another thing I forgot to mention: a blaze-orange...

    Another thing I forgot to mention: a blaze-orange hunting vest. Especially this time of year. One for yourself, too... Probably not necessary once you're a mile or so from the trailhead, but any time...
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    All good advice. I concur that paws are an area...

    All good advice. I concur that paws are an area of concern - the granite above tree line can be worse than sand paper and can quickly abrade paws. Get your dog used to your poking at his paws, then...
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    Whittier House's credit card machine has been...

    Whittier House's credit card machine has been "broken" for three weeks now, which seems odd. Chequer's Villa (as mentioned), White Lake Tavern (used to be Sammy's Paw Print), and Yankee Smokehouse...
  19. Hiker Shuttle

    Earlier this summer I got an early morning shuttle from LW to Zealand TH from Bill, Mountain Courier Shuttle, 207-329-6433. $40 for me and the dog. Bill's a super nice guy, highly recommended. If you...
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    Hiker Shuttle

    If you're looking to make it a traverse and don't have multiple cars, give Bill a call at 207-329-6433. He does hiker shuttles all over the Whites and northern AT. A very accommodating guy, and...
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    Guyot spring was just fine Saturday afternoon....

    Guyot spring was just fine Saturday afternoon. Tanked up there on my Zealand to LW hike. Chatted with the caretaker for a bit. I asked about filtering, he said he was "required by law" to recommend...
  22. Zealand - Lincoln Woods car shuttle/swap this weekend?

    I was thinking of doing a Zealand/Bonds traverse this weekend (in either direction). I was wondering if someone similarly inclined would be interested in meeting early at one of the trailheads, and...
  23. A little south of Conway, the Great Hill fire...

    A little south of Conway, the Great Hill fire tower in Tamworth is an easy little hike, with an excellent view from the top. Especially nice in the fall for leaf-peeping. Drive to the top of Great...
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    Bad dog owner (me)

    I know that the rocks we all hike over in the Whites can be very tough on dog paws, especially the continuous broken rock hopping above tree line. I'm always careful to ramp up with shorter hikes...
  25. Zealand - Lincoln Woods car swap this Saturday (6/16)?

    I was thinking about hiking a Bonds traverse this Saturday, 6/16. Is anyone interested in meeting that morning to swap cars and drive to the opposite trailhead, so we'd hike (in opposite directions)...
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