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    I am a fan of Northern Lites for off trail...

    I am a fan of Northern Lites for off trail backpacking in gentle terrain, they are the lightest, but experience on ADK trails was disappointing. You need more traction, and rocks beat up the NLs. ...
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    In my early fifties I tore 1st L, then R medial...

    In my early fifties I tore 1st L, then R medial meniscus marathoning. Advised go low impact, gave up running and tennis, went swim bike, now 73 & still swim bike, some back packing. The readjustment...
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    Logan bars, bake them yourself, last forever in...

    Logan bars, bake them yourself, last forever in dry state, don't crumble, high calorie
    Walt
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    Re Economy DriClime Windshirt: I've had mine...

    Re Economy DriClime Windshirt:
    I've had mine more than 15 years and still use it for biking and hiking. A more recent version had an inferior revision of the breast pocket, not really a big deal....
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    I did the south 50 miles, Monson to Jo Mary road...

    I did the south 50 miles, Monson to Jo Mary road late August 2016. Shaw's food drop worked. Nights were cold, needed more than my 1 lb quilt. Poncho tarp OK. Iodine for water purification did NOT...
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    Albee-- I had an email exchange with Northern...

    Albee-- I had an email exchange with Northern Lites. They will repair/replace the broken clips ( mine now need repair ) for the cost of shipping.
    Walt
  7. What runs through my mind is that an ice axe at...

    What runs through my mind is that an ice axe at the top of Abol slide might well encounter only rock in the first crucial seconds after the slip/fall. So do you rope up, or what?
    Walt
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    Had my Northern Lites Backcountry for 10 years +....

    Had my Northern Lites Backcountry for 10 years +. Yes, they are lite with good flotation, in keeping with light weight winter back country back packing. No, they are not any good on a moderately...
  9. Poll: I have used Spot 1 for going on 5 years, through...

    I have used Spot 1 for going on 5 years, through hiked the JMT, Foothills Trail (SC), 50 miles along the AT Hundred Mile Wilderness, various other AT and Whites excursions. My wife and my sister have...
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    The lad from Toronto needs to be integrated with...

    The lad from Toronto needs to be integrated with some more experienced winter hikers familiar with the Whites. He has initiative and the desire for winter hiking/camping. I have had the pleasure of...
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    Hikerbrian, And please don't neglect springs! In...

    Hikerbrian,
    And please don't neglect springs! In Pennsylvania the springs along the AT run year round at 43 d F. With insulated water bottles, its possible to hike without melting snow, as your...
  12. Poll: I like to SS solo in late winter in the ADK...

    I like to SS solo in late winter in the ADK wilderness areas. Trails well marked, snow pack consolidated, not many people, ADK leantos plentiful.
    Last August-September I "soloed" the John Muir...
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    Sill Sealer

    Paradox--

    Sill Sealer sounds like a good thing. Is the foam rigid or maybe semi-rigid, and I guess closed-cell? Is it a Home Depot or Lowe's sort of item? The only trouble with fiber insulation...
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    bottle cozy-- sew one

    Chip--

    It's easy to sew or have sewn an insulated sack, bottle size, and with a drawstring. If you work out the dimensions right the sack will double as an overmitt frost bite preventer. I sewed...
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    Love that Pharaoh

    Thanks Dub, great pix. Doesn't look like much snow pack for SS types (so far).

    Walt
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    Pharaoh assault

    Hope to see your trail report.
    Walt
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    Super 8 Ticonderoga

    I stayed in the Super 8 at Ticonderoga the night before a 5-day snowshoe backpack in Pharoah last March. About a 20 mile drive from Pharoah Crane Pd Road Parking Lot. OK motel, about $80 for a...
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    winter CL50

    Mark,

    Best wishes for your NE115 and the New Year. I've got a plastic sled "pulk" but prefer just to backpack.

    Walt
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    CL 50 in winter

    Mark--

    Are you planning to SS the CL50 this winter?

    Walt
  20. Thread: Eagles anyone?

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    Eagles

    Schuylkill River in Philadelphia, seen from the R3 commuter train as it pauses in front of Children's Hospital before proceeding to 30th St Station. This is the tidal portion of the Schuylkill; the...
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    NPT slow

    Rhihn--

    As I recall, the NPT took me 10 days in late August with good conditions. The official time recommended from NY DEC was 19d. If you have a fishing pole and license, just leave when they...
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    warm toes-- neoprene socks

    Sherpakid--
    I've had good experiences with neoprene socks (or Hytrel). They stay warm even when they are wet from perspiration or boot leaks. I use polypropylene liners with them. A much more...
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    Greenland, Rockwell Kent

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    Thanks for the link. The Greenland paintings, toward the end of the thumbnail list, are notable. Do you have a comparable link for the prints of that period, perhaps better known? The...
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    Greenland

    Abster--

    Suggest reading This Cold Heaven, by Gretel Ehrlich. She's a Greenland veteran and also recounts Rockwell Kent's Greenland years.

    Walt
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    Kelty Flight

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    Yes, I have a Kelty Flight too which I used to hike the length of the NPT. I've never had to use the padded hipbelt, having managed always to stay below the 35lb limit, even in winter, so I...
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