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    I've always done it clockwise. Red Ridge is a...

    I've always done it clockwise. Red Ridge is a great place for blueberries, so you can stop, catch your breath, take in the views, and nom some berries at frequent intervals.
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    I haven't seen anything to indicate whether he...

    I haven't seen anything to indicate whether he was an "experienced" hiker. He might have been one of those people who say "Let's see. 30 miles at 3 miles per hour. How hard could it be?"

    At...
  3. About 60 on the Nelson Crag trail up above...

    About 60 on the Nelson Crag trail up above treeline. Pushed me around some.

    But the worst was up on Madison when they were near 70 one snowy October. The last twenty yards weren't so much hiked ...
  4. Yep. It was rebuilt.

    Yep. It was rebuilt.
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    I'd bring traction (microspikes, etc) and a few...

    I'd bring traction (microspikes, etc) and a few extra layers. Summit tends to be cold and windy, 'specially at this time of year.
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    Try googling "Pemi Loop". It's around 30 miles,...

    Try googling "Pemi Loop". It's around 30 miles, though the elevation gain may be more than you want to bite off. Campsites available at Liberty Spring, Garfield, and Guyot.

    I did it four years...
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    I've had a torn medial meniscus in each of my...

    I've had a torn medial meniscus in each of my knees. An MRI of the second one revealed a "complex tear", but the orthopedist suggested I try watchful waiting. It took a while, but both have healed...
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    I'm 74 and hike regularly. I'm pretty sure I'll...

    I'm 74 and hike regularly. I'm pretty sure I'll know when to start cutting back and when to quit altogether. I'm thinking 80.

    It didn't sound like the people in this incident were particularly...
  9. Start thinking about a less exposed Plan B?

    Start thinking about a less exposed Plan B?
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    Coming up the Kinsman Ridge Trail from the ski...

    Coming up the Kinsman Ridge Trail from the ski area in winter can be present difficulties. When you get up to the "glade" ski trail that crosses the hiking trail you may have trouble following the...
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    Jefferson was my bete noir. I signed up for...

    Jefferson was my bete noir. I signed up for numerous hikes to it only to have them canceled, or to get sick, or to get turned back halfway there, or to find at the last minute that I'd forgotten...
  12. Most people start hiking casually with friends or...

    Most people start hiking casually with friends or to get exercise and gradually realize they really enjoy it. Then they're just interested in hikes with good views, fun scrambles, or which push them...
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    1. I bought a pair of Koflachs, took them to the...

    1. I bought a pair of Koflachs, took them to the gym, and spent 30 minutes on the treadmill. I returned them the next day. Too damned heavy. (I don't overnight and I don't ice climb.) Bought a...
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    The problem is that there are just too many GD...

    The problem is that there are just too many GD hikers these days. Time to cull the herd. Maybe not a shoot-to-kill hunt, but shooting-to-cripple would serve the purpose of easing the overflow...
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    Another vote here for Salomons. Their Contagrip...

    Another vote here for Salomons. Their Contagrip soles do the job. But the best thing for wet roots is to stay the hell off them.

    Don't care to use poles in the summer. Like having my hands...
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    When I bought my winter pack, I gathered up all...

    When I bought my winter pack, I gathered up all the gear I thought I might want to put into/onto it; first aid kit, extra water, down jacket, extra layers, snowshoes, crampons, etc. and took it all...
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    I've never done Cathedral so I can't compare. I...

    I've never done Cathedral so I can't compare. I was comparing Mahoosuc Notch to the middle mile of the Hunt for which had the honor of being the toughest mile on the AT. Today I'd have to say the...
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    Yowsah! I'd forgotten that one. I've been up it...

    Yowsah! I'd forgotten that one. I've been up it once. It's a pip!
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    Funny you should mention those two. I'm hoping...

    Funny you should mention those two. I'm hoping to do the Holt this Friday and Huntington Ravine on Saturday. I've done each of them a few times and know what I'm in for.

    Flume Slide is nasty. ...
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    Oh for pity's sake people! We beaten the...

    Oh for pity's sake people! We beaten the right-of-way question to death a number of times. THERE IS NO AUTHORITATIVELY ESTABLISHED RIGHT OF WAY ON HIKING TRAILS! There are just groups of hikers...
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    Jefferson and Chocorua: views and scrambles. ...

    Jefferson and Chocorua: views and scrambles. West Bond, Franconia Ridge, Baxter Peak.
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    Yeah, fog or whiteout can be very disorienting. ...

    Yeah, fog or whiteout can be very disorienting. I've had to whip out the map and compass to bail me out on a few occasions.
  23. In 2009 Vegematic and I did the entire Link from...

    In 2009 Vegematic and I did the entire Link from Caps Ridge to Appalachia. A rough trail but it was a nice day and we both enjoyed it.
  24. I suspect that the lady has done most or all of...

    I suspect that the lady has done most or all of her hiking in her native Alabama where the terrain probably differs greatly from (and is easier on the body than) that of the Whites. The glaciers...
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    I wear a belly bag (like a fanny pack but on my...

    I wear a belly bag (like a fanny pack but on my front) with compass, whistle, handwarmers, tissues, bug dope, jack knife, ibuprofen and bandaids. I started this one hot June day when I discovered...
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