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  1. Three days sounds about right. IIRC they (HH and...

    Three days sounds about right. IIRC they (HH and JB) were not particularly unsure of their location, but the snow conditions were so atrocious that they were basically unable to make progress.

    I...
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    If my memory can be trusted, there are a couple...

    If my memory can be trusted, there are a couple of places where dynamite was used on a hiking trail, to create a resting spot in the middle of a steep slab. I seem to recall one in the middle of a...
  3. Thread: near Osceola..

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    Going by maps not memory: there is an old logging...

    Going by maps not memory: there is an old logging road that leaves the Kanc just south of the Greely Pond trailhead, right alongside the stream. It joins the Greeley pond trail after less than a...
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    The AT in the Whites wriggles a lot in order to...

    The AT in the Whites wriggles a lot in order to stay up on the highest ridgelines. It's neither the most direct route nor the easiest, though it is the most scenic. Pick up the AMC maps...
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    Barring accidents like dropping a water bottle...

    Barring accidents like dropping a water bottle off a cliff, it shows he either didn't study the map (to know where the water sources are, and how far apart) or didn't have the experience to estimate...
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    Really hard to say without a better look but your...

    Really hard to say without a better look but your proposed route looks truly nasty: exposed slab, then rotten-looking overhang, then snow cornice. I'd be tempted to stay alongside the main route,...
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    Yeah, lots of little give-aways that the reporter...

    Yeah, lots of little give-aways that the reporter has not done any research. But if the paraphrase is accurate, I'm a bit annoyed at Colonel Kevin Jordan of New Hampshire Fish and Game. I...
  8. Off the top of my head: A fair while ago a...

    Off the top of my head:

    A fair while ago a different peak of Wildcat was thought to be the highest. I think there were already trails to both, and I don't recall whether signs on the peak...
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    This was once very common, when prefab litters...

    This was once very common, when prefab litters were unknown. If you had multiple rescuers you'd take turns, or have two of them do a "chair carry" (linking arms). In those days normal woodsman's...
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    photo #8: ...

    photo #8: https://www.ct-botanical-society.org/Plants/view/147
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    The Delaware Water Gap area (about an hour and a...

    The Delaware Water Gap area (about an hour and a half east of McAdoo) offers good views, especially from Mt Tammany and Mt Minsi. A dense network of trails including the AT helps to handle the...
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    I'm not a fan of prepacked meals (e.g. Mountain...

    I'm not a fan of prepacked meals (e.g. Mountain House) - every one I try is too salty, and most are too small.

    For an extended hike in Alaska (bear cans mandatory) I made a spreadsheet of...
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    re WolfJaw-Armstrong-Gothic: these peaks are...

    re WolfJaw-Armstrong-Gothic: these peaks are close to each other in distance but the cols in the Great Range can be brutal. You drop about 500' between the two wolf jaws - it's similar in height...
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    How about Giant Mountain, near St Huberts? The...

    How about Giant Mountain, near St Huberts? The route from Chapel Pond is a little more short-and-steep than your examples, but the Roaring Brook route (Roaring Falls trailhead) should be right up...
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    I happened to be in Lake Placid with some spare...

    I happened to be in Lake Placid with some spare time, so I confirmed today that there is a well-maintained, well-marked ski/snowmobile trail from the big dirt lot on Wesvalley Rd, that leads directly...
  16. Here is the map from LRCT, scaled up: 6203 ...

    Here is the map from LRCT, scaled up:

    6203

    The new easement indeed connects the (LRCT-owned) summits of Larcom and Little Larcom to the Ossipee Mountains preserve. I would be pretty surprised...
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    Ah, good. I was wondering why VFTT's search...

    Ah, good. I was wondering why VFTT's search function didn't return any useful results.

    On the plus side, searching for "Bale" inexplicably turned up a surprisingly enjoyable old thread about...
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    That's not a bump, that's a swamp.

    That's not a bump, that's a swamp.
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    Here's some info on the Baldfaces:...

    Here's some info on the Baldfaces:
    https://www.summitpost.org/north-baldface-south-baldface/180510

    There are additional peaks in Evans Notch, some with fine views from the summit, but the...
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    New article says he bought a new coat, new boots,...

    New article says he bought a new coat, new boots, and two "ice picks" the same day he headed up the mountain solo. That's... better than not having a coat and boots, but it gives me no confidence...
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    "Braiding", where streams continually cross and...

    "Braiding", where streams continually cross and recross, happens all the time. You can see some incipient examples just downslope on your map, and tons of it on multiple scales in any flattish river...
  22. I don't know anything about the Chinese...

    I don't know anything about the Chinese government approach to mapmaking, but I doubt they have any more useful data than what's already on your maps. You can find elevation data sets from, say,...
  23. I feel bad for anybody who cleared their schedule...

    I feel bad for anybody who cleared their schedule for a one-season 48 this winter. On the other hand, if you're able to snipe the good days there have been some beauts. Saturday was about as...
  24. He was in Central Gully, and slipped when about...

    He was in Central Gully, and slipped when about 300 feet above the bottom. Usually that's a snow climb with one "bulge" of ice. He may have been carrying a small second "axe" (likely a technical...
  25. Note that Denali park has a rather strict...

    Note that Denali park has a rather strict management system. You can do day hikes without any paperwork (starting from anywhere along the road - bus drivers will drop you off), but overnight trips...
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