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  1. When my girls were younger, I took them...

    When my girls were younger, I took them snowshoeing on the trails around French Ledges in Plainfield. I thought it was best to leave the pup in the station wagon while I help them put on their...
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    I rode through Hazens Notch (VT Route 58) last...

    I rode through Hazens Notch (VT Route 58) last Sunday and had to stop afterwards to take the helmet off and evacuate the black flies.
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    Are you thinking of a setup similar to the Nemo...

    Are you thinking of a setup similar to the Nemo bugouts which were tarps with attached netting on the sides? I believe that had three sizes. I believe that 12x12 and 9x9 were more vehicle camping...
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    We also had the Bobcat attack back in December. ...

    We also had the Bobcat attack back in December. I would assume that both incidences would be a rare occurrence.

    vtdigger.org/2018/12/13/bobcat-bit-two-people-tests-positive-rabies/
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    No comment on if they will be installing border...

    No comment on if they will be installing border crossing on the Long Trail once you cross into and out off Canada. The bushwack over to Big Jay could be interesting since you would likely be...
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    MSR Snowshoe Repair

    My MSR Lighting Ascent failed or should I say finally failed based on numerous prior reports. The metal cross bar that holds the crampon and binding to the shoe broke at one of the rivet points (MSR...
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    17.5 hours on the Cross Rivendell Trail. Hiked...

    17.5 hours on the Cross Rivendell Trail. Hiked in late July to take advantage of the long daylight hours. We started at Flag Pole Hill in Vershire, VT at sunrise and wanted to finish on Mount Cube...
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    A couple of links that may help you enjoy the...

    A couple of links that may help you enjoy the backcountry.

    The Trailforks website has mountain bike trails and I use it to find trails to run:...
  9. There was a comment on the use of wands earlier...

    There was a comment on the use of wands earlier in the thread. I have only used wands a couple of times. Mostly before I carried a smart phone with access to a program such as Gaia or a website...
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    To add controversy to the number of Vermont peaks...

    To add controversy to the number of Vermont peaks above 4,000 feet.

    Cutts Peak south of Mount Ellen is 4,022 feet. (don't think it has the prominence)

    Stratton Mountain is 3,936 feet plus the...
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    Access to and finding parking can be an issue at...

    Access to and finding parking can be an issue at our trailheads during the winter. You may find the parking area for the Bucklin trail (Killington) or that the road side parking for the Battell...
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    Mount Mayo Attempt

    Mount Mayo Attempt, Sunday Nov 18

    Stevensville Parking Area – Nebraska Notch Trail to Long Trail South

    Nebraska was packed by prior bare boot hikers. Problem was I was wearing snowshoes and...
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    Middlebury State Airport, Vermont 2 to 2 ½...

    Middlebury State Airport, Vermont

    2 to 2 ½ miles to the Oak Ridge Trail head on Vermont Route 125 in Ripton. The Oak Ridge Trail heads south into the Moosalamoo National Recreational Area. The...
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    Butler Lodge

    Butler Lodge Sunday, Nov 11th

    Stevensville Parking Area – Nebraska Notch Trail to Long Trail North to Butler Lodge and down Butler Lodge Trail

    With the snow this morning all conditions will...
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    You may be looking for an overbag. A over-sized...

    You may be looking for an overbag. A over-sized sleeping bag that will fit over your existing sleeping bag with out compressing it. They typically add insulation with out weatherproofing. A couple...
  16. We did try a MSR Piezo Igniter for a short time...

    We did try a MSR Piezo Igniter for a short time but found that it was not reliable, especially in damp and wet weather. They are a handheld piezo lighter for stoves that did not come equipped with a...
  17. I use a fire steel to light my canister stove and...

    I use a fire steel to light my canister stove and found it works well. Have not burnt off any hair or had a fireball. It does take some practice/coordination to turn stove on and have fire steel...
  18. Mount Ascutney Name Change Poll Results

    The Town of Windsor, VT received a notice from the Vermont Board of Libraries that they would be considering, at their July 17th meeting, a petitioned request to change the name of Mt. Ascutney to...
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    Vermont State Parks offer flush toilets, hot...

    Vermont State Parks offer flush toilets, hot showers (as long as you have quarters), and drinking water. The Forest Service campgrounds Moosaloo, Chittenden and Silver Lake offer non of those...
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    Last Saturday we started up the Monroe Trail on...

    Last Saturday we started up the Monroe Trail on Camels Hump after lunch to snowshoe to Ethan and Ira Allen. We passed one couple in micro-spikes struggling with the snowy conditions and met one...
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    On Monday afternoon WCAX had a video interview of...

    On Monday afternoon WCAX had a video interview of two backcounty skiers describing their avalanche experience on Mansfield.
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    Only around 3-inches in Burlington, VT with some...

    Only around 3-inches in Burlington, VT with some light snowfall. No snow accumulation until after 9:00 pm yesterday. With this storm our snow pack depth is 3-inches. Yesterday afternoon I thought...
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    Mansfield Back Country Ski Trails

    Thought I would explore some of the Mansfield’s backcountry ski trails without having to worry about those backcountry skiers. Three to 6 inches of hard pack snow and ice at the Stevensville Parking...
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    The Suunto Compass that DayTrip came across could...

    The Suunto Compass that DayTrip came across could be their KB-14. Suunto makes a 360 degree and quadrant version. I will use it when working with a total station to perform topographic, layout and...
  25. I have been using these sites. For past 24 hour...

    I have been using these sites. For past 24 hour data on Mount Mansfield that includes current temp, recorded at 5 minute intervals, wind speed, wind direction, and wind gust:...
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