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    Poll: We have different understandings of fees for...

    We have different understandings of fees for public services.

    With sufficient public demand and democracy, all public services could be provided with no fees and funded entirely by taxes. As...
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    Poll: Good point. Better to say, I think a no-fee...

    Good point.

    Better to say, I think a no-fee parking permit system with a) the ability to reserve a significant percentage of spaces per parking area online and b) limited parking that is enforced...
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    Poll: Interesting observation about pre Covid vs...

    Interesting observation about pre Covid vs current. I'm not getting north as often. But when I have, I'm seeing more impact of trash than I used to. My sense is that COVID has gotten people hiking...
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    Poll: There are several issues bundled together that I...

    There are several issues bundled together that I think should be teased apart.

    TRAIL PERMITS, NOT PARKING - IMO, parking is not the problem in Franconia Notch. Overuse of trails is the problem....
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    My approach is to ignore weight at the complete...

    My approach is to ignore weight at the complete pack level. For putting together a pack (summer day hike to winter overnight) is driven by a checklist of items. The goal is to have enough to be safe...
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    Hey, that's pretty cool. It's not a brand one...

    Hey, that's pretty cool. It's not a brand one sees out here much. I would be curious to know how you found it. Perhaps Pagocycle? Was that the shop that used to downtown?

    I heard about them in the...
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    Jandd Zoor Alpinist. Nearly 20 years old. A...

    Jandd Zoor Alpinist.

    Nearly 20 years old. A few repaired ski slashes but honestly indestructible.

    Not mine but gives the idea...
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  8. Thread: Maple Syrup

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    My cousins... In Belvidere, VT ...

    My cousins... In Belvidere, VT

    https://maple-sugar-mountain.myshopify.com
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    What you say makes perfect sense and is a very...

    What you say makes perfect sense and is a very wise insight by the club.

    That said, there really isn't any commercial resource for hikers along that section of Rt 2 from Gorham all the way to Twin...
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    Perhaps one approach to make the numbers add for...

    Perhaps one approach to make the numbers add for the community ownership model, would be to envision it as existing primarily to service the hiking community. Convert some number or all of the cabins...
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    Wow. The Lowe family has had a foot print there...

    Wow. The Lowe family has had a foot print there for a very long time. This is a passing similar to the Old Man falling down in some respects.

    But, as Bruce Cockburn notes, "everything that...
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    Is Lowe's Store itself closing as a business...

    Is Lowe's Store itself closing as a business concern?
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    Organize. Organize like mad.

    Organize. Organize like mad.
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    Correct. It won't. I think it's correct to...

    Correct. It won't.

    I think it's correct to avoid using terms that evoke memories of actual deep harm. We accept that it would be offensive to refer to a lopsided sports victory as a lynching....
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    Thanks you for this post!

    Thanks you for this post!
  16. I guess it's my turn to make a few...

    I guess it's my turn to make a few clarifications...

    I definitely didn't intend to belittle springtime sloughs. I was just giving an account to my experience in the community back in the mid-80s....
  17. Thanks for the corrections Doug and very glad...

    Thanks for the corrections Doug and very glad you're still with us!
  18. Peakbagger, My sense of the old guard isn't...

    Peakbagger,

    My sense of the old guard isn't so much as just go, but rather wait till things consolidate in the spring and avoid days after wind loading and dustings that could produce sloughs.
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  19. Depends on what you mean by "backcountry skiing"....

    Depends on what you mean by "backcountry skiing".

    IMO, there are 3 general kinds of backcountry skiing here in New England...

    1) Rugged cross-country skiing
    2) Skiing for turns in the woods...
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    After a bit of Googling (or Duck Duck ing), I...

    After a bit of Googling (or Duck Duck ing), I think the MSR Ground Hogs are the closest think I can find to my beloved BD T-stakes. Focusing more on the shoulder season aspect and less on the frozen...
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    The answer won't be ultralight. To drive a...

    The answer won't be ultralight.

    To drive a stake into frozen earth or heavily compacted soil like you get at campgrounds requires a stake that is stout enough to be driven with force without...
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    ^^ THIS ^^ This right here is what I've come...

    ^^ THIS ^^

    This right here is what I've come to with respect to winter stoves. I'd trust a Trangia in their large nesting stand/winscreen (with preheater) for the same reason. Really nothing to...
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    I have all the files on my hard drive but after...

    I have all the files on my hard drive but after Comcast killed off their hosting, I never got around to finding a new home for it.

    OBE as they say in the military. Overcome by events...

    I can...
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    Heat and windscreens produce some interesting...

    Heat and windscreens produce some interesting trade-offs in deep cold. The issues are that both fuels and fittings and seals behave differently at different temperatures.

    With traditional...
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    Josh, If your Svea popped like that, a couple...

    Josh,

    If your Svea popped like that, a couple of things to think about.

    First, I would either replace the Pip and service the safety release valve in the filler cap, or I would replace the...
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