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    I don't feel confident the cat enjoyed that.

    I don't feel confident the cat enjoyed that.
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    Can't really say I feel happy for this person. ...

    Can't really say I feel happy for this person. As others have noted, I hope he learns to live his life with moderation.
  3. Posters for parks based on their one-star reviews

    Either from a website or Banff, I suspect most folks are now familiar with the one-start reviews that some parks have received. An artist has made posters for the parks (including the WMNF) based on...
  4. Recycle your old hiking boots with Soles4Souls

    Non-profit group is taking in old hiking boots.

    See their website:
    Soles4Souls/


    Brian
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    Some friends used Stasher bags. They were quite...

    Some friends used Stasher bags. They were quite happy with them. I did what Mohammed said, but then I bought some Stashers and have been extremely pleased. Could not recommend them highly enough....
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    TEO is correct, and I thank him for his answer! ...

    TEO is correct, and I thank him for his answer!

    How does one define 'position of power'? For example, the CEO of my company, a man I greatly admire, is a man of African decent, and his skin has...
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    I was up about a month ago. Blue sky, but at the...

    I was up about a month ago. Blue sky, but at the Glencliff trailhead it was "snowing" lightly. Actually snow blowing off the summit. Met a guy coming down who said it was whiteout and he had to...
  8. While the seasons are always changing, there is a...

    While the seasons are always changing, there is a difference between them. I feel like we are at a turning point right now. Looking at weather.com for North Conway (ground level), starting on...
  9. As we enter the final full weekend of winter, and...

    As we enter the final full weekend of winter, and everyone and their brother will be up trying to grab their last winter peaks of the season, it will be interesting to see what they encounter for...
  10. I have a friend, he has a few extra pounds on...

    I have a friend, he has a few extra pounds on him, and when we hike, his knee bothers him. I was thinking these shoes might be good for him, providing just a tad more cushion that might allow him to...
  11. Hiking shoes for those who need support: Hoka TenNineGTX

    Outside's Gear Guy has a review of the Hoka TenNineGTX, and it's extremely positive.

    The reviews are fantastic, if you can get over the looks of them. I use different Hoka One One shoes both for...
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    Because the endless posting of accident reports...

    Because the endless posting of accident reports is certainly fun for the bored individual who gets to do it first, but we never get to address a larger issue, as we are doing here. These three...
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    When a trail gets steep, the proper thing to do...

    When a trail gets steep, the proper thing to do is kick in steps with the toes of one's boots. One can do this in snow shows or spikes. After a few people kick into the same spots, it builds...
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    I suspect not one person's opinion has changed an...

    I suspect not one person's opinion has changed an iota from this dialogue, and it is what it is. A member of the party that had someone slide down the Tripyramids South Slide wrote the folowing:
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  15. Big temperature swings in second week of March

    There are going to be some pretty dramatic temperature swings this week.

    Weather.com for North Conway says:
    Saturday, March 6: High of 27, low of 7
    Thursday, March 11: High of 57(!), low of 41...
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    Thank you for this thoughtful post!

    Thank you for this thoughtful post!
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    To answer your question, yes, as society changes,...

    To answer your question, yes, as society changes, so must the language we employed. You yourself acknowledged this when you used term "Native American," which "our" forefathers (I'm third generation...
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    I have been active in the rock climbing community...

    I have been active in the rock climbing community for the last decade or so, and there has been a lot of soul-searching recently. The American Alpine Club has launched a new initiative called Climb...
  19. Companies selling used clothing and gear

    Of course, we're all familiar with the consignment stores, but there has been a stunningly slow movement from the large retailers to re-sell their own goods. I could be wrong, but I believe...
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    If one takes a WFA course, one of the first...

    If one takes a WFA course, one of the first things one does is put the patient on a pad.

    If one carries a stove, one can melt water so as not be dehydrated.

    A parka and pants are not...
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    I am afraid you are following a logical fallacy. ...

    I am afraid you are following a logical fallacy. Your "system" (or lack thereof) is completely inadequate; it's just you have never needed to use it. Your reasoning is like someone saying her...
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    I'm not here to cast shade on this gent, but he...

    I'm not here to cast shade on this gent, but he hardly struck me as carrying the gear or making the decisions someone "experienced" would:

    He didn't have a pad.
    He didn't have a sleeping bag.
    He...
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    https://www.amazon.com/Barbarian-Utopia-Encounters...

    https://www.amazon.com/Barbarian-Utopia-Encounters-Appalachian-Trail/dp/B0898NDKRP

    Just saw an ad for "Barbarian Utopia," which seems to focus heavily on interviewing AT thru-hikers.

    80% of...
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    I'm great! But then again, my name is Brian and...

    I'm great! But then again, my name is Brian and the author of this trip report is named Bob. I stood on Moosilauke and Flume last weekend. Both offered their challenges, in their own ways, but...
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    Wow, this a trip report for the books!

    "I guess everyone needs to spend at least one sleepless 10-degree night in the deep woods, with wet clothes, shoes & socks and less than 8 oz left to drink. The hike just became a comedy of...
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