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    Mt first (and only) attempt at igloo camping...

    Mt first (and only) attempt at igloo camping didn't turn out very well either. During the night it started to rain and the igloo collapsed around 0230. We were around 5300 ft and walked back to the...
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    That's what I ended up doing. After trying to...

    That's what I ended up doing. After trying to live with a bag that was rated at -20F but didn't keep me warm at zero. We had a saying at work that there was never time to do a job right, but always...
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    I'll bet Mount Hight would be a good destination.

    I'll bet Mount Hight would be a good destination.
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    I took a drive up to Mount Snow this afternoon...

    I took a drive up to Mount Snow this afternoon and could not believe how many cars there were parked in the lots. It looked like a normal weekend.
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    You could use your Kelty 80 liter pack and buy an...

    You could use your Kelty 80 liter pack and buy an inexpensive down bag like this one: ...
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    I use a 80 liter pack which has a sleeping bag...

    I use a 80 liter pack which has a sleeping bag compartment on the bottom. I stuff my down bag into a compression stuff sack and compress it just enough to fit in the compartment so there's no stress...
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    It's also challenging to stop on boiler plate...

    It's also challenging to stop on boiler plate after a fall, unless you hit a tree.
  8. By coincidence, my 17 year old Atlas 1025...

    By coincidence, my 17 year old Atlas 1025 snowshoes just had a similar failure on one of the urethane straps between the crampon and binding straps. There doesn't seem to be any damage that may have...
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    Compared to my single-leather mountaineering...

    Compared to my single-leather mountaineering boots, the soles are the same length and width. I can swap my 12 point crampons from one pair of boots to the other without adjustment.
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    I have a pair of Salomon Toundra boots which are...

    I have a pair of Salomon Toundra boots which are rated for -40F. The soles are not stiff enough for climbing steep ice with crampons, but may be stiff enough for your needs.
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    In 1974, I needed two sponsors.

    In 1974, I needed two sponsors.
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    I also have a thing that works very well for me. ...

    I also have a thing that works very well for me. It involves carrying a pair of insulated booties so I don't have to spend an unplanned night in boots with wet insulation.
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    My only recommendation is that you might not need...

    My only recommendation is that you might not need boots that are rated to -65F and boots with less insulation might fit just as well on your feet and also have smaller outside dimensions.
  14. A dog collar would probably work.

    A dog collar would probably work.
  15. I have a pair of Atlas snowshoes and had a broken...

    I have a pair of Atlas snowshoes and had a broken rivet on a binding strap a couple of years ago. I used a wide round head screw, flat washer and locknut to replace the rivet.
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    FWIW, I've tried a few vests over the years and...

    FWIW, I've tried a few vests over the years and have found mostly the same problems as others have mentioned. However, I did finally find that a thin wool vest works well for many purposes and I now...
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    Are you recommending a fleece vest?

    Are you recommending a fleece vest?
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    I'm still wondering what everyone is using their...

    I'm still wondering what everyone is using their vests for. Is it something to wear on a cool evening when camping and a jacket is too warm or as a mid-layer under a shell while hiking when a base...
  19. Thread: Waterproof Socks ?

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    The FAQs indicate that the socks themselves are...

    The FAQs indicate that the socks themselves are 3-layers. There's a Coolmax liner, then a W/B membrane and then an outer sock. Like Mike P wrote, if the outer sock is wet there doesn't seem to be a...
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    What do you plan on using the vest for? I'll...

    What do you plan on using the vest for?

    I'll recommend something like this one: https://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/51419?page=waterfowl-sweater-vest&bc=&feat=vest-SR0&csp=a&searchTerm=vest&pos=5
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    I didn't realize that. I guess the snowmobile...

    I didn't realize that. I guess the snowmobile trails in VT will be pretty safe for cross-country skiing this winter.
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    I believe that the NY rules allow travel to and...

    I believe that the NY rules allow travel to and from contiguous states without quarantine.

    https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/system/files/documents/2020/11/interm_guidance_travel_advisory.pdf
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    My short gaiters are a MEC model similar to the...

    My short gaiters are a MEC model similar to the BD Talus model, but the velcro is in the rear. I have no problems with them and use thin shock cords under the boots. Another option is wearing pants...
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    I guess if you don't want the ones with velcro...

    I guess if you don't want the ones with velcro closures and you don't like the ones with zippers, then there aren't many other options.
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    These look pretty nice: ...

    These look pretty nice: https://kahtoola.com/products/gaiters/
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