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    Not what is appears to be:...

    Not what is appears to be:
    https://www.midstatetrail.org/2021/09/22/suspicious-yellow-wire-mystery-in-leicester-uncovered/

    It's a dog fence wire, flush to the ground (and not in Spencer :-) ).
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    Yup. I looked into this when the data first came...

    Yup. I looked into this when the data first came out. The winner is, by a 29 cm margin(!)....

    The eastern bump (labeled north in my attachments - was using the trail direction in the file names)....
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    Thanks for sharing that, and I'm very happy for...

    Thanks for sharing that, and I'm very happy for you! Or as glad as I can be given it's my opinion that had humanity not utterly failed at doing what should have been obvious, there would be no delta...
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    Ding ding ding. Exactly why I was thinking this...

    Ding ding ding. Exactly why I was thinking this was less "weird" and more... well, more of what we're seeing lately (face palm).
  5. Logging Roads and a circumnavigation of Black Pond

    I wouldn't really bother with the report were it not for the pond, which was a last minute decision I made. I'm sure others have tossed up photos here or elsewhere (Steve seeming to be a certainty!)....
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    More Livermore history:...

    More Livermore history:
    https://www.bartletthistory.org/bartletthistory/livermore.html

    And especially this, a wonderful article about the family who has owned the in-holding:...
  7. I saw a similar article on how naughty Google is...

    I saw a similar article on how naughty Google is for telling people to go up that way on Ben Nevis. Maybe it's just me, but I saw the line between the parking and summit, and it's so obviously not...
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    Thanks folks. Much appreciated including the...

    Thanks folks. Much appreciated including the "local" spots!



    Thank you especially for the this. All the ones I've seen on people are dynamic, but dopey me wouldn't have known the difference....
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    Via Ferrata gear recommendations?

    Likely heading to eastern Europe in autumn of 2022 and I'm loving the looks of the Via Ferratas. Anyone have any recommendations for brands, models, etc.?

    Thanks in advance!
  10. Yeah, I noticed last weekend's rain, though not a...

    Yeah, I noticed last weekend's rain, though not a huge amount, barely dented the E. Branch river gage. Likewise with this storm (currently at 124 cfs) so far, so lots of soaking in vs. running off.
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    FKT - Traversing NH south to north

    The idea of it is pretty cool to me, that it took 9 days to go from Mass. to Quebec is mind blowing! Details on the route here:

    https://fastestknowntime.com/route/live-free-or-die-route-nh
  12. That is awesomely brilliant. Thanks for the info.!

    That is awesomely brilliant. Thanks for the info.!
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    Understood, but I bristle at the notion that it's...

    Understood, but I bristle at the notion that it's one entity's fault and that hikers carry no personal responsibility.



    Signage would help (Keep out - revegetating, etc.), closure orders as...
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    I would argue that people ignoring that they're...

    I would argue that people ignoring that they're causing environmental damage cause environmental damage, not a closure in and of itself...
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    I think Tim is closer to it than I. :-) The rocks...

    I think Tim is closer to it than I. :-) The rocks would make sense in an alpine zone as you'd want something fairly uniform for supports without searching all over the alpine zone for them.
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    The flattened sections of the logs say bog...

    The flattened sections of the logs say bog bridges to me. Since they can't be brought into Wilderness via chopper, I wonder if they are staged there to bring down the Mt. Ike trail into the Dry River...
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    Exactly what I've been seeing NW of Concord. The...

    Exactly what I've been seeing NW of Concord. The mosquitoes are vicious right now. 10 seconds after going outside this morning I was being swarmed.
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    Not too far in the past I maintained a trail for...

    Not too far in the past I maintained a trail for a number of years. While I didn't have an issue with switchback shortcuts (tweren't no switchbacks), I was constantly brushing in bypasses around some...
  19. I laughed more at seeing you back here. :p:p:p ...

    I laughed more at seeing you back here. :p:p:p

    (welcome back, and yeah, I joined after you left - coincidence? :D)
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    A Mse once bit my sister... No realli!

    A Mse once bit my sister... No realli!
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    My go-to for Everest information:...

    My go-to for Everest information:
    https://www.alanarnette.com/blog/2021/05/02/everest-2021-will-the-everest-season-be-cancelled/

    There have been climbers/porters who have been taken back to...
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    Or else you get the Big Unit treatment! ...

    Or else you get the Big Unit treatment!


    https://youtu.be/1PyCpG06138?t=7
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    Yup. I quietly finished my lists with a group of...

    Yup. I quietly finished my lists with a group of friends, and granted, while I got the patches at that time, for me they are a personal and pleasant reminder of well-earned accomplishments. They're...
  24. Yeah, huge packs...why I don't backpack in winter...

    Yeah, huge packs...why I don't backpack in winter (well one of many reasons).

    Likewise, I really enjoyed it.


    And worth a good chuckle. "It's not too bad," then foof....
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    I'll go with the simplest answer is usually the...

    I'll go with the simplest answer is usually the correct one, so solved where I'm concerned. :D
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