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    Maddy, It's rare enough to have the...

    Maddy,

    It's rare enough to have the opportunity to see a bear, it's even rarer to have that photo. Awesome pic!
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    I second the brownies! Always my favorate on...

    I second the brownies! Always my favorate on long hikes. A giftcard to a local restaurant (Hiker friendly, of course) in an upcoming trail town can be awesome magic. Hope he's having a great time.
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    Below is a picture of a bear print taken about...

    Below is a picture of a bear print taken about four weeks ago in the Zealand falls area. Sorry, I didn’t think to place a piece of gear for scale, but I’d guess that the size was about 6 x 6.
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    In addition to the routes being different, many...

    In addition to the routes being different, many of them were not broken in. There were fewer hikers, and because of this, some trails stayed unbroken most of the winter. We also had no internet. ...
  5. Thread: Washington?

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    I’ve done the Ammo-Jewell loop a number of times...

    I’ve done the Ammo-Jewell loop a number of times in winter. The above tree line distance to Washington from the Ammo is 1.3 miles verses the above tree line distance to Washington from the Jewell...
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    *Raises hand* I use a whisperlight. :D

    *Raises hand*

    I use a whisperlight.

    :D
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    Sometimes the change in elevation can effect the...

    Sometimes the change in elevation can effect the bottle pressure and alter the effectiveness of the pump. Try releasing the pressure by unscrewing the pump from the bottle. Tighten the pump back...
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    I met two hikers on Saturday who said they went...

    I met two hikers on Saturday who said they went down The Dry River Trail (Oaks Gulf) from LOC. They were disapointed and regretted their descision to hike the Dry River. They said it was a mess and...
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    What do Thru Hikers do?....Check out...

    What do Thru Hikers do?....Check out TrailJournals.com and read the AT thru hiker's journals. Specifically the journals that were recently updated. There's quite a few stories of hikers stranded in...
  10. Wow. Awesome hike!

    Wow. Awesome hike!
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    If your interested in a big day, I like to do a...

    If your interested in a big day, I like to do a large loop in that area: 12 miles. I start at the Mt. Major parking lot and hike around Major and head over to East Quary, then on to Rand, Klem,...
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    Last time I stayed at the Heermance site I had to...

    Last time I stayed at the Heermance site I had to go down the Whiteface Trail (North, towards the Sleepers) about .3 mi. to get water. The water source was a small stream flowing across the trail...
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    I would recommend the REI Taj 3. We’ve been...

    I would recommend the REI Taj 3. We’ve been using it for about 8 years for a family of three. Our boy was about 7 when we started using it. We have also used this tent for three adults and still...
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    At this time of year, in the rain, a short hike...

    At this time of year, in the rain, a short hike to a raging river or a waterfall sounds like a great idea. However, 5 to 10 miles in the White Mountains, in the rain. No. It's hypothermia weather....
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    We've done a similar hike to the one you...

    We've done a similar hike to the one you mentioned; only we started on the Piper Trail, went over Chocorua, then to Kate Sleepers and finishing at Waterville Valley. An excellent hike. There's some...
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    Another way to determine if there are leeches in...

    Another way to determine if there are leeches in a pond is to put some warm water in a plastic bottle, secure a string around the neck of the bottle and place the bottle in the water. Tie the string...
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    I have a custom made Moss tent. The tent has two...

    I have a custom made Moss tent. The tent has two bodies that share the same fly and poles. One body is for winter (fully enclosed panels) and the other body is for summer (netting panels). The tent...
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    I’ve been surprised by so many wonderful...

    I’ve been surprised by so many wonderful backcountry places and have had just as many surprise encounters with wildlife, but one of the most unexpected surprises for me was my first hike ever. It...
  19. Tent platforms are difficult to rely on in...

    Tent platforms are difficult to rely on in winter/snow conditions. Unless they are continuously cleared off of snow during the winter, more than likely they will be covered with snow and possibly...
  20. Thread: Bear Canisters

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    Poll: I used the Bearvolt model BV-400 for 20 days on...

    I used the Bearvolt model BV-400 for 20 days on the JMT in '05. Canisters were required. I chose this model because it was certified and was approved by the parks. The can weighed 2lb 9oz., was...
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    I've done this loop several times and variations...

    I've done this loop several times and variations of it. The only interesting water crossing was the one right after shelter #3. I crossed it during a downpoor. Not too bad. The water was up to my...
  22. Awesome! Great photos. Thanks for sharing.

    Awesome! Great photos. Thanks for sharing.
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    I’ve stepped up from 30” x 9” Sherpa Bear claws...

    I’ve stepped up from 30” x 9” Sherpa Bear claws to 25” x 8” Tubbs and am quite comfortable with them. I like the idea of having a larger per of snowshoes I can rely on. I also enjoy the more high...
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    That sign is brilliant! Only it looked more like...

    That sign is brilliant! Only it looked more like this...
  25. Thread: essential equipment

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    Great thread. Good to hear folks talking about...

    Great thread. Good to hear folks talking about getting back to basics…essential gear. I believe crampons are essential above tree line in winter. Especially now. By mid February through spring...
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