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    I'll assume that he would start to feel the...

    I'll assume that he would start to feel the effects of hypothermia on the descent into Edmands Col, but would warm again on the ascent of Jefferson. From there, it's pretty flat so he wouldn't be...
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    For people who have never been in bad weather,...

    For people who have never been in bad weather, the forecast is just a bunch of numbers.
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    Beer and wine are sold at Bascom Lodge, on the...

    Beer and wine are sold at Bascom Lodge, on the summit of Mt. Greylock. It's possible that hikers and drivers might consume the beverages before heading back down.
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    That performance exceeds my expectations, as well...

    That performance exceeds my expectations, as well as my requirements.
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    I've been using the same cooler to keep post-hike...

    I've been using the same cooler to keep post-hike drinks cold for over 40 years now and haven't had any problems with it. I don't expect any cooler to keep drinks cold after a weekend of 90 degree...
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    My hiking hasn't yet been affected by high gas...

    My hiking hasn't yet been affected by high gas prices because I live in an area that has a good selection of interesting trails and I'm not interested in frequently driving several hours each way to...
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    I'm not familiar with Enlightened Equipment, but...

    I'm not familiar with Enlightened Equipment, but the Torrid jacket looks nice. The Wild Things jacket with PrimaLoft insulation still works, but the zipper gives me trouble at times.

    I'm also...
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    I'm looking for a new insulated hooded shell to...

    I'm looking for a new insulated hooded shell to replace a Wild Things EP hooded jacket. Thinking about an Eddie Bauer jacket with Thindown insulation: ...
  9. Thread: Mt. Greylock

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    I'll recommend taking the Gould Trail up and back...

    I'll recommend taking the Gould Trail up and back from the parking area on West Mountain Road. Here's a map and description: ...
  10. Yup. My list has 30 non-essential items, which...

    Yup. My list has 30 non-essential items, which includes shoes.
  11. A hike up Greylock in the summer takes about 2...

    A hike up Greylock in the summer takes about 2 hours, then you can stop at Bascom Lodge for a cheeseburger and beer before hiking back down.
  12. I've never found the "ten essentials" list to be...

    I've never found the "ten essentials" list to be useful. I have my own list of gear to take on routine dayhikes and it has 40 items. The "ten essentials" list doesn't even include shoes. Duh....
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    The Skyeship base area on Route 100 is a good...

    The Skyeship base area on Route 100 is a good place to park because it is easy to drive to (especially on a busy day) and you can take a gondola up to Skye Peak to start your day.
  14. In my case, each step is approximately 2 feet...

    In my case, each step is approximately 2 feet long. 10,000 steps would be approximately 4 miles. 4 miles in 2 hours with no adjustment for elevation changes is "book time." I find that I hike at a...
  15. Thread: Handwarmers?

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    I used to wear rubber gloves as protective...

    I used to wear rubber gloves as protective clothing at work. The only time I'll wear something similar for hiking is if it's raining. My favorite gloves/mittens for winter hiking are the Fox River...
  16. Thread: Handwarmers?

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    A few years ago, I started putting handwarmers in...

    A few years ago, I started putting handwarmers in the toes of my downhill ski boots during the ride to local areas. By the time I get to the lodge and put on my ski boots, the toes are quite...
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    Thanks for the warning. My options are: 1-liter...

    Thanks for the warning. My options are: 1-liter Nalgene bottles in OR parkas, 12-ounce stainless steel vacuum bottle, 750-ml Sigg water bottle (not insulated) and 500-ml Sigg water bottle (not...
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    I guess you are asking if a neoprene bottle...

    I guess you are asking if a neoprene bottle holder works better than the OR foam bottle parka? I don't know.

    https://nalgene.com/product/32oz-sleeve-insulated-gray/
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    For what it's worth: I don't think lightly-used...

    For what it's worth: I don't think lightly-used 10-year old bindings would have fatigue cracks that might result in catastrophic failure in the near future. The springs might have relaxed from...
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    Sorry to hear about your injury, peakbagger. I...

    Sorry to hear about your injury, peakbagger. I hope it heals properly and you can get back to the trails before spring.
  21. One thing this mechanical engineer learned at...

    One thing this mechanical engineer learned at work was to not criticize how others were doing their jobs, but to provide suggestions about how they could improve their performance. For example,...
  22. I think it boils down to the definition of risk...

    I think it boils down to the definition of risk and how much risk individuals are willing to take. If risk is defined as "probability x consequences," then a competent hiker has a low probability of...
  23. He didn't say you were lucky, just that your gear...

    He didn't say you were lucky, just that your gear was completely inadequate. "Your "system" (or lack thereof) is completely inadequate; it's just you have never needed to use it."
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    That's pretty much how I feel, but I do not mind...

    That's pretty much how I feel, but I do not mind wearing less expensive W/B shells when it's raining. I may get damp under the shell, but as long as I stay warm, the shell is doing its job. I...
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    What sort of problem are you finding because...

    What sort of problem are you finding because water is not beading on the surface? Is perspiration building up inside at a higher rate than in the past? As far as I know, that's the only consequence...
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