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  1. This is a private party amusement ride more...

    This is a private party amusement ride more analogous to a ski lift.

    Public transportation systems are a different kettle of fish. The biggest differences are that actual public transport systems...
  2. GreyJ and DayTrip, Note, I said if I had been...

    GreyJ and DayTrip,

    Note, I said if I had been in your (DayTrip's) position, I would have asked that the strong person stay as potential help.

    I've actually been in this situation before and had...
  3. It's interesting to see how differently we view...

    It's interesting to see how differently we view things.

    When I'm leading a hike with inexperienced hikers, I begin with a ritualistic affirmation that we all share a responsibility for each...
  4. Peakbagger, I largely agree with you. My...

    Peakbagger,

    I largely agree with you. My understanding is that the reduction of force in the WMNF largely coincided with the larger federal austerity measures that took place under Bush along the...
  5. My sense of this, and I could be very wrong on...

    My sense of this, and I could be very wrong on this, is that New Hampshire's position on this is reflective of the state's politics, which leans towards low taxation and fee for services. I also...
  6. Yes. In classic risk terms, increasing the group...

    Yes. In classic risk terms, increasing the group size increases the threat (chance of something going wrong) while decreasing the impact (the consequence).

    I've encountered the recommendation of a...
  7. We hiked with our kids a lot. Both participated...

    We hiked with our kids a lot. Both participated in the outdoor programs at their colleges. One went on to be a trip leader and got her WFR. The other does trail work. My kids aren't mountain rock...
  8. I've always thought its appropriate for the...

    I've always thought its appropriate for the climbing/hiking/skiing community to discuss these events so we can all collectively think through our risk decisions. Questioning things isn't the same as...
  9. As it turns out, I had the tooth inspected by...

    As it turns out, I had the tooth inspected by dentist the day prior to leaving. I grind my teeth and worried I had cracked a tooth. She diagnosed it as occlusal trauma, which is something I became...
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    Yes! I was the guy taking off the knee brace...

    Yes! I was the guy taking off the knee brace next to the ancient Kelty frame pack (which is the most comfortable pack I've ever carried). Only, we weren't fishing. Just hanging out. I remember a...
  11. I agree with pretty much everything here. I will...

    I agree with pretty much everything here. I will add only this, which I think is a good way to untangle the issue of risk.

    A standard way to define risk is that RISK = THREAT X IMPACT,
    where...
  12. I think the 80yo victim gave enough details in...

    I think the 80yo victim gave enough details in his interview. He badly underestimated the mountain.

    His summary is the TL/DR of the book "Not Without Peril" IMO.

    In an interview in the...
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    Black flies were out in force on the Nancy Pond...

    Black flies were out in force on the Nancy Pond Trail on 6/15-16 all the way to Mt Nancy summit. Headnet needed when not hiking. Mosquitoes were also out in force but nothing like th flies.

    They...
  14. Democracy can be interesting but you have to show...

    Democracy can be interesting but you have to show up.
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    20 hours. Mt Whitney. Got off route on...

    20 hours.

    Mt Whitney. Got off route on Mountaineers Route and got delayed on long scramble.

    Highlight: the culoir and class 3 to the summit.

    Low point: concurrent vomiting and diareah...
  16. Another clue that it is canine is that the rear...

    Another clue that it is canine is that the rear of the pad print is decidedly concave.
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    Stan, good point on the co-op model being at the...

    Stan, good point on the co-op model being at the heart of REI's success.

    I always thought that EMS did a better job at product design but IMO, that's not enough. Typical capitalist structures...
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    This is why I prefer white gas (or possibly...

    This is why I prefer white gas (or possibly alcohol) for extreme cold temps in New England.
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    I did the same thing with my Svea while bike...

    I did the same thing with my Svea while bike touring in Yellowstone in the 80s. As Colin Fletcher correctly notes, the safety valve releasing and producing a 3 foot stream of flame is only slightly...
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    I'm guessing your Svea user was not only not...

    I'm guessing your Svea user was not only not using a windscreen (required) but also not an insulating base (also required, IME)?


    On a trip on Osceola (-15f that night) we needed to stop and melt...
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    I would never describe my Svea as leaky. Nor...

    I would never describe my Svea as leaky.

    Nor would I call it fussy. "Fussy" suggests unpredictable. The Svea, like all white has stoves needs to be primed. If you don't learn how to prime the...
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    I'm known for having strong opinions on...

    I'm known for having strong opinions on equipment. I hold no stronger opinion than my devotion to the Svea 123 for winter camping.

    IMO, equipment is about trade-offs. The thing about the Svea is...
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    IMO, the most important things about any white...

    IMO, the most important things about any white gas stove is user familiarity. I recommend boiling water daily at home for a month. Seriously. I found my ability rely on my stove (a Svea 123) changed...
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    Yup. Here's the video I was thinking of. ...

    Yup.

    Here's the video I was thinking of. (now that I'm back at my console ;^)

    https://youtu.be/slOhlEmBwwY
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    I almost never use stakes in the winter. If...

    I almost never use stakes in the winter.

    If I'm using a tent, I'm well below treeline.

    I find and bury deadfall branches. I loop a long cord around the stick, stamp down snow on top of it to...
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