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    One of my favorite areas on the Whites, shhhh. I...

    One of my favorite areas on the Whites, shhhh. I accessed the trailhead in my Pilot 2 yrs ago. Pretty rough, but I made it. I love that area, even the drive to get there. You'll obviously have...
  2. Can confirm. I think I've shared this before, but...

    Can confirm. I think I've shared this before, but if not, here is how the Tablelands looked last time I was up there. We didn't make the summit and ended up navigating back to Abol slide by compass.
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    TCD, thank you sincerely for that offer. If I'm...

    TCD, thank you sincerely for that offer. If I'm out that way again, I will absolutely be in touch to get some local advice. I'm sure it is extremely frustrating to see these experiences over and over...
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    We've forgone our season passes to Waterville...

    We've forgone our season passes to Waterville this year...
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    Different people go to the mountains for...

    Different people go to the mountains for different reasons. For me, I honestly can't imagine a scenario that would make me excited to get back to the Adirondacks. I don't mean to poop on anyone's...
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    I hear you, TEO, and I don't mind 'harsh'...

    I hear you, TEO, and I don't mind 'harsh' criticism! I'm a beginner at everything compared to someone somewhere; we all have something to learn.

    In a perfect world where I get to make all the...
  7. The belt-and-kayak-strap harness would sure seem...

    The belt-and-kayak-strap harness would sure seem like a wanton disregard for personal safety. There are few reasonable explanations for such risk. I'm sorry for all the people on the ground who had...
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    Mike P. - We'd read before we arrived that the...

    Mike P. - We'd read before we arrived that the trailheads in the ADKs in general are full by 5:30 a.m. this year. Crazy. That's why we'd chosen to stick to an itinerary that left from the Loj. We had...
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    TCD, those are all good thoughts. It's a...

    TCD, those are all good thoughts. It's a difficult situation, and I brought it on myself in many ways by choosing to hike during COVID, going someplace new that might have unique regulations, and...
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    Tom Rankin, I think my tone towards the...

    Tom Rankin, I think my tone towards the 'mini-rangers' [is 'assistant ranger' better-sounding?] is coming off more negative and pejorative than I mean it to be. The two individuals at the trailhead...
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    Tom, it was definitely the selective enforcement...

    Tom, it was definitely the selective enforcement and the intrusive visit from the rangers. I understand the mini-rangers' purpose and don't really even have a problem with it - aside from feeling...
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    Ok, here are my brief notes. First, amazingly, my...

    Ok, here are my brief notes. First, amazingly, my toe healed enough to be basically 100% in time for the trip. I can't believe how much pain I was in, for what ultimately was a sprain, and likely a...
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    This is all super useful, thanks so much guys. It...

    This is all super useful, thanks so much guys. It is kind of funny to think I haven't made it out that way - life has had lots of turns the past 15 years, with some time on the west coast and then a...
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    Thank you! We WOULD like to get into the...

    Thank you! We WOULD like to get into the backcountry but aren't set on any itinerary. We do have a reservation at Heart Lake campground though and consequently would strongly prefer to leave directly...
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    Mt Colden loop advice needed

    Hola amigos, I'm heading to the Dacks over Labor day weekend. I've never been to the Dacks, and it's interesting to plan a hike that feels a lot like a New England hike, but which nonetheless I know...
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    My wife and I recently traveled to VT to camp....

    My wife and I recently traveled to VT to camp. The policy, as of today, is that if you come from a county with relatively high infection rates (map here - looks like Cleveland is 'high infection...
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    This is an estimate, right? Like one of those...

    This is an estimate, right? Like one of those wildly exaggerated wind speed estimates? "I was just up there, it was blowing about 180-190" kind of thing? Please tell me it's an estimate. Because...
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    How crowded mid-week?

    Inquiry for NH White Mountain locals. How crowded/bad is it up your way mid-week, at the popular trailheads and at the quieter spots? I've taken my boys (now ages 9 and 11) for at least one overnight...
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    I agree. The online guide was really good. I...

    I agree. The online guide was really good. I still don't understand why they shut it down. I imagine they weren't making enough money from subscriptions to justify upkeep. Seems like a huge missed...
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    About 18 months ago, my dad (very fit, 70 at the...

    About 18 months ago, my dad (very fit, 70 at the time), and my mom (less fit, 67 at the time) hiked Manadnock. Inexplicably, my dad was having a hard time keeping up with my mom. Felt funny at the...
  21. Alex, hope the procedure went well! I've dug...

    Alex, hope the procedure went well!

    I've dug around a bit the past couple of days. Most hospitals have their own in-house testing facilities. For admitted and symptomatic individuals, as well as...
  22. You'd want to consider self-isolating for 72+ hrs...

    You'd want to consider self-isolating for 72+ hrs in advance of the viral test as well, if you really want to not worry. It takes some amount of time after exposure for the virus to replicate enough...
  23. Yes, that's right Tim (as I understand it). I...

    Yes, that's right Tim (as I understand it). I believe the antibody tests are accurate - the tests from major labs will tell you accurately whether or not you have antibodies. What's not known is what...
  24. Testing sites are everywhere. It's easy enough to...

    Testing sites are everywhere. It's easy enough to get tested. But turnaround time for viral testing for asymptomatic individuals is sub-optimal, IMO.

    Antibody testing is fast, less than 24h in MA.
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    I used to visit summitpost every day back in the...

    I used to visit summitpost every day back in the early/mid-naughts, and man, that place was amazing. I probably read every single article and trip report on the front page for a couple of years....
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