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  1. I'm partial to heavens-above.com for what is...

    I'm partial to heavens-above.com for what is visible, including not just natural astronomical objects, but also satellites and prediction of Iridium flares. I like to have an exact time of a flare...
  2. I grew up outside of a very rural small town on...

    I grew up outside of a very rural small town on the western edge of the Adirondacks. I remember extremely dark skies as a kid. So much so that I bought my first telescope at age 12, and went to...
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    I have never put as much stock in actually...

    I have never put as much stock in actually reaching a remote bushwhack location as I have in the process of actually using my own brain and developing the skill of getting there using traditional...
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    I have a fairly large high ceiling garage. I have...

    I have a fairly large high ceiling garage. I have rigged as many as five canoe supports up high using a couple of pulleys for each one. I support each canoe upside down from webbing straps and can...
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    Of course you can. Not always, but this is part...

    Of course you can. Not always, but this is part of map study and experience, fun to learn. Look for lowlands where water may accumulate, especially in areas known to be inhabited by beavers. Avoid...
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    Did I say that Lewis County is free of infection,...

    Did I say that Lewis County is free of infection, or will remain at a low rate? Only that it was slower than surrounding counties to either get tested, and as a very rural community to report...
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    OK, If you want me to get technically accurate I...

    OK, If you want me to get technically accurate I will amend what I said in my post to: There were zero officially confirmed cases reported in Lewis County as of Saturday last weekend, when every...
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    Amen to that. same here. I will add to your last...

    Amen to that. same here. I will add to your last paragraph to include those who travel from hotspots to less dense populations where there are practically no virus cases to date (my home county with...
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    it has always been my practice to draw magnetic...

    it has always been my practice to draw magnetic north lines on my maps, and teaching my land nav students how to do it as an educational exercise. At the same time, drawing lines lends itself to...
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    I spent quite a bit of time over a few years...

    I spent quite a bit of time over a few years working for the Air Force at the observatory on the mountain top in Maui. Nice trails around there, some heading down into Haleakala crater. The primary...
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    However, the atmosphere has a considerable built...

    However, the atmosphere has a considerable built in temperature and bad weather lag, so that the peak of the cold and storminess comes some weeks after the solstice. We have yet to experience due...
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    Decades ago, while in college I was part o a very...

    Decades ago, while in college I was part o a very dedicated and safety conscious outing club, focused on caving more than anything else. We practiced endlessly following then accepted safety...
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    Since I went to hammock camping a dozen or more...

    Since I went to hammock camping a dozen or more years ago I haven't had to worry much about a pad for comfort (only needed for insulation under my sleeping bag in the hammock), and I am a side...
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    "point" taken, and true enough. It is the nature...

    "point" taken, and true enough. It is the nature of the beast. Without using professional surveyor's methods and very expensive equipment (both on establishing the original track and on the...
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    Be as careful as you will, holding a line without...

    Be as careful as you will, holding a line without witness points to within 2-3 degrees on a consumer grade compass is a battle not to have your track look more like a random walk. Have you ever XC...
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    TCD, to be clear to the thread, the training I...

    TCD, to be clear to the thread, the training I was referring to was a course that is very specific to the lost person behavior book mentioned. Taught by the author, or by others very knowledgeable...
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    Try reading this: "Lost Person Behavior: A...

    Try reading this: "Lost Person Behavior: A search and rescue guide on where to look - for land, air and water" by Robert J. Koester
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    Not directly related to this story, but when I...

    Not directly related to this story, but when I drove through Banff on my way to the Yukon a couple of years ago, I noticed a lot of cars stopped in the 4 lane roadway and people rushing over across...
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    For example: Town of Santa Clara Franklin...

    For example:
    Town of Santa Clara
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    Wilderness Rescue: On July 30 at 9:04 p.m., Franklin County 911 transferred a call to DEC's Ray Brook Dispatch from a female hiker who had been...
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    I've heard several times of hikers who got stuck...

    I've heard several times of hikers who got stuck out at night who told the NYSDEC rangers that "Yes, I have a flashlight, it is on my cell phone." Are you kidding me???? First real cameras went by...
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    I've been actively involved in NY SAR for 25...

    I've been actively involved in NY SAR for 25 years. While there are plenty of cases of people injured or unprepared and making major mistakes, even egregious and stupid moves, AFAIK, no one has ever...
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    When I first started sleeping in a hammock...

    When I first started sleeping in a hammock (Hennessey), I had trouble keeping the pad from squirting out and ending up on top of me. So I made a lightweight overbag from an old thin sheet sewn...
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    it had been almost a month since the subject had...

    it had been almost a month since the subject had gone missing, so body temperature would have assumed the same as the environment by that time. Ultimately he was found yet a week later outside of...
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    And they end up in the weekly published Forest...

    And they end up in the weekly published Forest Ranger Highlights pages.
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    We have a brief segment on survival techniques...

    We have a brief segment on survival techniques during the NY Homeland Security Land Navigation course I teach. A couple of my fellow instructors are recently retired Army Rangers with advice to...
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