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    But again, no one here is arguing that. This...

    But again, no one here is arguing that. This thread is about the effectiveness of mask mandates; not about the effectiveness of masks. If you want to start a discussion about the effectiveness of...
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    As few logos as possible. In large part, this...

    As few logos as possible. In large part, this stuff (clothing, gear, etc.) is all made in the same Chinese factories. You can buy the "no logo" base layer in Walmart for $10, or you can pay a bunch...
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    Right! Much conflation here. The bottom line...

    Right!

    Much conflation here. The bottom line is mask mandates are ineffective. This is regardless of whether "masks don't work" or whether "people don't wear mask when mandated to do so." The...
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    This article: ...

    This article:

    https://rockandice.com/climbing-news/gucci-and-the-north-face-team-up-with-the-help-of-jimmy-chin-successfully-satirize-themselves/

    suggests that this may be intentional satire. ...
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    Went up and down the Whiteface highway today (for...

    Went up and down the Whiteface highway today (for the first time). A friend had just gotten his new skis with AT bindings and skins, and wanted to try them out in a benign setting. So we used our...
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    Same here. We always carry masks, but have...

    Same here. We always carry masks, but have always been able to just step far enough away from the trail to not have to put them on. Just have to be paying attention and see people coming a little...
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    LOL. ...

    LOL.

    https://twitter.com/i/status/1352089314981785608

    Not politics; fact.
  8. Regardless of semantics; and regardless of who...

    Regardless of semantics; and regardless of who pays for what; and even regardless of what's "right" or "wrong"...

    Doesn't anyone have the common sense to look at the population, and try to...
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    Sounds a lot like over here "across the pond" in...

    Sounds a lot like over here "across the pond" in the Adirondacks. We have quite a number of folks with the "I've got mine, now I want the government to chase everyone else out" mentality.
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    For me for personal use, it's Ib and Captain...

    For me for personal use, it's Ib and Captain Morgan. Used that combo once when my knee hurt after a hard hike; got out in comfort.

    As a guide, I carry Ib, Acetaminophen, and Aspirin. Different...
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    Useful link: ...

    Useful link:

    https://www.betatrails.org/conditions

    Although you are probably already familiar with that report. I have no first hand info...
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    In most places in the Adirondacks, most of these...

    In most places in the Adirondacks, most of these devices would be really impractical due to the nature of the trails.

    If I were injured and could not carry a heavy pack, I would be looking to go...
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    If it's practical for you, get to a PT and try to...

    If it's practical for you, get to a PT and try to get an assessment of the source of your knee pain. Knee pain can be caused by several completely different conditions, which can be helped by...
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    The Madshus Annum (it used to be the Karhu XCD...

    The Madshus Annum (it used to be the Karhu XCD Guide before Madshus bought Karhu) has full metal edges and fishscales, and is "single camber" so it's pretty easy to turn. I have skins for it also,...
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    What skis do you use for tele now? Do you ski...

    What skis do you use for tele now? Do you ski lift served tele? If you are riding a modern ski there, you might be disappointed in the downhill performance of a skinny, straight sided ski (even on...
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    I wonder if there was any man-made snow in that...

    I wonder if there was any man-made snow in that mix? Avalanches sometimes happen at eastern resorts with man-made snow due to the water content, exaggerated layer structure, and unnatural "ice bead"...
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    Only 3" - 4" of very dry powder here in Keene NY...

    Only 3" - 4" of very dry powder here in Keene NY at 1800'.
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    These are good observations.

    Predictions: Additional $ will go to state government and not come back; workers actually on the ground at the location will not benefit; the resource will be further...
  19. Thread: Waterproof Socks ?

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    Very general opinion here: My experience with...

    Very general opinion here: My experience with "waterproof/breathable" materials is that they don't hold up well as handwear or footwear. Too many stresses and impacts. Jackets and pants hold up...
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    (Probably should combine this with the other...

    (Probably should combine this with the other "monolith" thread.)

    It has long been interesting to observe that some user groups' man-made stuff is "OK" to leave in the woods, but other user...
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    "Facebook survey" data are self selected and self...

    "Facebook survey" data are self selected and self reported. The sample, and the actual information reliability from each respondent are poor. I would not consider it to be in any way representative...
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    Do we actually know this? Or is this conjecture?

    Do we actually know this? Or is this conjecture?
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    Private "friends" groups are responsible for NY...

    Private "friends" groups are responsible for NY towers still being there. The private groups had to fight very hard AGAINST wild eyed greeenies from Albany in the 1980s and 1990s who were adamant to...
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    I've had a few different brands. None of the...

    I've had a few different brands. None of the manufacturers really gets everything right. My comments:

    >Velcro is OK; works pretty well if it is the "Industrial Strength" type (with higher...
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    I would put stitches at least in the four...

    I would put stitches at least in the four corners, even if it's too much work to sew the entire margin. Just glue (any glue) might not hold without stitches. Waterproofing over the stitches.
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