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  1. Thanks for the heads-up. Swede Mountain was an...

    Thanks for the heads-up. Swede Mountain was an old family favorite. My father and I were disappointed when we went to hike it (?? years ago) and found the trail to have been closed.

    Doug
  2. Sodium (chloride = table salt) is the primary...

    Sodium (chloride = table salt) is the primary electrolyte in electrolyte drinks. Some salt at dinner (along with water) is often helpful in restoring one's hydration level.

    Doug
  3. It's bad over most of the country right now. Not...

    It's bad over most of the country right now. Not good for breathing if the smoke reaches the ground (and bad to devastating to astrophotography...)

    smoke map: https://fire.airnow.gov/
    air...
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    I broke my hip (femoral neck) and femur (spiral...

    I broke my hip (femoral neck) and femur (spiral fracture just above the knee) in a BC skiing accident fifteen years ago. Repair was two screws in the hip and a nail (placed from the knee end) in the...
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    I have an old Garmin 60CSx with pre-week-number...

    I have an old Garmin 60CSx with pre-week-number rollover software. If I fire it up after it has been off for a day or so, everything is fine. However, if I turn it off and back on a short while...
  6. Our base was in Columbia (central MO) and our...

    Our base was in Columbia (central MO) and our observing site was a church-yard in Marion, IL. The pastor was observing it himself and invited us to join him. All 130 of us... The traffic jam on...
  7. In general, mountainous regions are poor places...

    In general, mountainous regions are poor places to view an eclipse--the probability of clear skies is low and if the local area is cloudy the roads will clog up rapidly.

    In 2017, I was with a...
  8. A few corrections: I wasn't in pain, but I knew...

    A few corrections:
    I wasn't in pain, but I knew my femur was broken. I was working on getting my pack off when another solo skier arrived. (I would have been able to get it off.) He helped...
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    Many without local experience also underestimate...

    Many without local experience also underestimate the weather in the Whites. After all, the tallest peak is only 6288 ft--how bad can it get? But as those with local experience know, the weather in...
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    Rottefella Super-Tele bindings have been my...

    Rottefella Super-Tele bindings have been my standard binding for many years for both BC and XC. I recommend them.

    All of my skis (including Tele) use 75mm bindings (up to heavy Tele cable...
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    And in the 70s, we would lash a crampon half...

    And in the 70s, we would lash a crampon half (from a crampon with a broken hinge) or an instep crampon to the bottom of our flat bearpaw snowshoes. EMS sold a bolt on version.

    That was back in...
  13. You only use that "feature" on extra-cold days. ...

    You only use that "feature" on extra-cold days.

    Doug
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    I concur. It comes down to the spreading ratio...

    I concur.

    It comes down to the spreading ratio (R, the average number of people infected by 1 infected individual). If it is less than than one, the epidemic will die out, if greater than one the...
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    It sounds like you are seeing the basemap rather...

    It sounds like you are seeing the basemap rather than the topo maps, which are presumably on the SD card.

    SD cards are pretty robust so it may have survived the fall.

    (I don't have a 64, so...
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    Lithium-ion (rechargeable) batteries degrade with...

    Lithium-ion (rechargeable) batteries degrade with both use and time.

    To maximize their lifetime:
    * store in the refrigerator when not in use, ideally at 40% charge.
    * do not charge or discharge...
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    Topo Active maps are 100K scale topos. The 24K...

    Topo Active maps are 100K scale topos. The 24K topos are generally better for hiking.

    I have both 100K and 24K scale maps on my GPSes and generally use the 24K.

    Doug
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    A GPS is often far more accurate than a trail as...

    A GPS is often far more accurate than a trail as drawn on the map, so such a discrepancy is more likely to be a map problem rather than a GPS problem. A far better test is to walk the same trail...
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    Such a call time will result in lots of false...

    Such a call time will result in lots of false call-outs to SAR and is also no guarantee of quick help. One is often back to the TH later than planned and IMO one should allow extra time when setting...
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    Thanks Tim! Keeping a website going is a big...

    Thanks Tim!

    Keeping a website going is a big job.

    Doug
  21. Sounds good. The ability to see the Milky Way...

    Sounds good. The ability to see the Milky Way and other dim features is getting rarer and rarer these days. I was looking up at the sky from a dark spot in Twin Mountain a few years ago and had...
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    Tim, The Johns Hopkins University data...

    Tim,

    The Johns Hopkins University data includes recovery data (as well as diagnosed case and death data). https://github.com/CSSEGISandData/COVID-19/tree/master/csse_covid_19_data

    The data is...
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    I have been downloading and plotting the data...

    I have been downloading and plotting the data pretty much since it began in the US. Most of the sources just enumerate the cumulative diagnosed cases and deaths. Many (if not most) mild cases are...
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    Or they will decide that the lockdown or other...

    Or they will decide that the lockdown or other measures are no longer needed. (And if protective measures are terminated it will most likely explode again...)

    The ~2 week delay between exposure...
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    These data (and a lot more) for MA can be found...

    These data (and a lot more) for MA can be found at https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-response-reporting. Click on the "COVID-19 Dashboard" for today's date. It is updated daily.

    I...
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