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  1. FOUND kerchief/bandana on trail near Madison Hut 11/5/2020

    We found this bandana today on the side of Valley Way on the ground beneath the spruce boughs, in the vicinity of Madison Hut. To claim, send an e-mail to alex4mts at yahoo dot com that describes...
  2. Unfortunately, another climber and a...

    Unfortunately, another climber and a water-faller. Condolences to those families.
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    +1 for Spellman. Scrambly, yet friendly at the...

    +1 for Spellman. Scrambly, yet friendly at the same time. Rocks and ledge, but not much skittery scree. Lots of nice views into the distance. Also, it hits the ridge at a particularly pretty...
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    If you would enjoy the convenience, Joebaseball,...

    If you would enjoy the convenience, Joebaseball, feel free to join EZ Pass -- absent the transponder, these days the systems can simply read your plates.

    At least for the time being, keeping off...
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    In the course of trailhead stewarding last year,...

    In the course of trailhead stewarding last year, the max count I tallied was 900 -- on a Saturday at the Old Bridle Path trailhead. Not a complete count for Lafayette, as it didn't capture the folks...
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    Definitely too bad that navigating the testing...

    Definitely too bad that navigating the testing options isn't easier. The person-hour total of everyone's individual research time is yet one more pretty big number, among many.
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    I did a drive-through test as part of my...

    I did a drive-through test as part of my provider's pre-op sequence for an elective (finally) procedure. Results came in less than 24 hrs. It was of the original nasal 'swab' (extreme euphemism)...
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    Want to travel to a NH destination? Not Yet.

    It's great to see growing availability of state/local parks and WMNF trailheads, and to hear of friends' adventures getting back to the mountains. However, the state -- officially -- is not yet...
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    I've been to Scaur Peak a couple of times, and...

    I've been to Scaur Peak a couple of times, and enjoyed each. No tree-less sweeping views, but a short, fun summit hike up a moderately steep cone. Less than 15 minutes from the Pine Bend Brook...
  10. Thread: Water filter

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    Great point -- slow the faster hiker(s) down so...

    Great point -- slow the faster hiker(s) down so as to match the pace of the slowest hiker by assigning them a filtration chore -- with a payoff of needed additional water. A complementary tactic:...
  11. Thread: Water filter

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    Always fun to see how various products stack up...

    Always fun to see how various products stack up in the experience of hiking my friends. My issue with filtration and sterilization in whatever form is one of process rather than product. On a long...
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    . . . and the insignificance of the monies...

    . . . and the insignificance of the monies involved with these sales makes it that much more difficult to discern a downside.
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    Let's be clear here. I stated that revenues from...

    Let's be clear here. I stated that revenues from the leftovers come in as gratuities to the croo. I did not state that the gratuities are non-taxable -- the same tax rules apply to croo as apply to...
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    A hut's 'retail' offerings fall into two...

    A hut's 'retail' offerings fall into two categories. In the first category are the aforementioned safety-related items that folks forget to bring, along with a few items of hut swag--all stored and...
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    I agree, great info. However just so we're...

    I agree, great info. However just so we're clear, the 'vanilla' approach works fine. Just park at the designated lot at the current southern terminus of TBR from 112 and follow the blazed mile-plus...
  16. Other than as a manifestation of an intrepid...

    Other than as a manifestation of an intrepid sense of exploration and adventure, I'm not seeing the logic to taking that route to the falls either. As you encounter the aforementioned 'boggy mess',...
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    Definitely worth the wait. For one of my BSP...

    Definitely worth the wait. For one of my BSP hiking partners years ago, its distinctive, bouldery character inspired him to refer to it as The Delightful Dudley Trail after experiencing it as the...
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    Last time I was atop W. Scar, there were...

    Last time I was atop W. Scar, there were canisters on both the E and W bumps (Feb 2011). They were considered as equivalent, and I believe that they still are.
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    In the nicest of ways. He does inspire! My...

    In the nicest of ways. He does inspire!

    My own Pemi program is to see how close I can get to twice his time!

    Alex
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    Pardon the digression, but this brings to mind...

    Pardon the digression, but this brings to mind the irony in the behavior of drivers I often see at the Appalachia lot -- all most likely in for 9 miles or more of serious hiking -- plying the lot...
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    The shuttle isn't applicable when the lot is...

    The shuttle isn't applicable when the lot is "just about full". Rather, (1) the lot has to *completely* fill up, (2) turned-away drivers need to get to the offsite lot and park, (3) they need to...
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    The logic here escapes me. The reason the...

    The logic here escapes me. The reason the shuttles start at 8:30am is that this is when the on-site lots fill up on those 1000-person Saturdays. The halfway-up-the-mountain-at-8 crowd can park in...
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    Tim, enthusiastic congrats! Also, great pix of...

    Tim, enthusiastic congrats! Also, great pix of you guys on a gorgeous summit!

    For me, so far so good with the forecast...

    Alex
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    Great point. Clearly the challenge lies in...

    Great point. Clearly the challenge lies in trying to get formal with standards across personal contexts rather than within them.

    Alex
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    I traditionally join with several fellow AMC-ers...

    I traditionally join with several fellow AMC-ers to offer a single-day presi traverse each June. Often, we'll encounter and cross an approximately 1-acre snow field on the east side of Jefferson's...
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