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    Always loved the trail from the south to DT, for...

    Always loved the trail from the south to DT, for many years my favorite Baxter hike. But there a couple of hundred yards of that trail that are truly precarious, I now only use the approach from the...
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    Was there July 12-19th, as already mentioned no...

    Was there July 12-19th, as already mentioned no covid related restrictions or policies in the park. FYI, the park headquarters is still closed to the public. Local eateries, such as AT Cafe and River...
  3. Conditions since mid April have been really dry,...

    Conditions since mid April have been really dry, trails looking more like mid August. Last week I went for a swim in Echo Lake (Franconia) and was shocked how far out I could stand. Stark difference...
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    Thanks for your efforts on this wonderful but...

    Thanks for your efforts on this wonderful but heavily used trail. Glad to hear it was a bit better than expectations. I know it is early but I have been finding the trails pretty trash free the last...
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    14 highest summits debate

    Is two meters close enough? Interesting article, with some cool photos. Can not imagine trying to "horseback" a ridge at that height :eek:

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    I have enjoyed Baxter since the early 80s. The...

    I have enjoyed Baxter since the early 80s. The first ten years or so the staffing was very consistent, especially the backcountry rangers, met the same ones every year and learned a lot from...
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    Osprey Manta 28, fits a lot, for a small pack,...

    Osprey Manta 28, fits a lot, for a small pack, like all ospreys, I love the structure, backwebbing, pockets, etc, as always I find the buckles a little small, but love their packs overall
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    thank you, I just renewed, I appreciate the...

    thank you, I just renewed, I appreciate the reminder.
  9. pretty simple, I hear or see you coming I put up...

    pretty simple, I hear or see you coming I put up my gaiter/mask and try to give as much social distance as is reasonable on that spot on the trail. I do this out of respect for you and hope you will...
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    sad for the death, the Sherpa team is very cool...

    sad for the death, the Sherpa team is very cool and historic
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    Baxter- Kepple Hall Plaque on Doubletop

    Baxter- Kepple Hall Plaque on Doubletop
  12. Thread: Amazing Grace

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    Have to love happy endings!

    Have to love happy endings!
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    I love Baxter and missed it for the first time in...

    I love Baxter and missed it for the first time in 38 years this year for obvious reasons. I'll be back!Not to ignite an old debate- I for one appreciated the rules, I thought these actually helped...
  14. Just had to cancel my trip to Baxter next week,...

    Just had to cancel my trip to Baxter next week, as it is not possible in my area in Mass to get tested and have results in 72 hours as required by Maine rules, first year since 1981 I will not make...
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    Thank you, your work is greatly appreciated, I ...

    Thank you, your work is greatly appreciated, I love this site and all I learn from it !
  16. Sorry I don't see the ridiculous. How many global...

    Sorry I don't see the ridiculous. How many global pandemics have we encountered in the last 17 years? To err on the side of caution to protect our friends in the mountains seems like the right way to...
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    so my cotton hoodie will be good for tomorrows...

    so my cotton hoodie will be good for tomorrows hike :)
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    Doing the loop counterclockwise- typically the...

    Doing the loop counterclockwise- typically the recommended way- coming down No Traveler encounters some open granite slabs, never did the red rock in rain,not "smooth" more of a corrugated surface. ...
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    no swimming allowed at Chimney, some swim in the...

    no swimming allowed at Chimney, some swim in the basin ponds on CP Trail. I also rec the Lake, a special spot, great swimming. Pretty good swimming hole on roaring brook if you follow the stream...
  20. Just spent 3 nights at So Branch & 2 nights at...

    Just spent 3 nights at So Branch & 2 nights at Roaring Brook. Conditions at So Branch were the same as usual, presence of rangers, bear warnings, TP in the outhouses, good supply of soft & hardwood....
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    Not sure of rule, but I have seen many people put...

    Not sure of rule, but I have seen many people put a small ten inside a leanto. They will not allow on the site. BTW So Branch Mtn & Black Cat across the lake from Traveler loop is another good 1/2...
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    South Branch has 7 lean tos on the water. If you...

    South Branch has 7 lean tos on the water. If you snag a tent site there are open spots on the "beach" - a wonderful rocky waters edge- that all campers can access, some day use picnic tables, a small...
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    I usually cheat and use a carbiner on my food...

    I usually cheat and use a carbiner on my food bag makes it easier to get it on/off the hook.
  24. That is too bad. I will be making my annual...

    That is too bad. I will be making my annual sojourn the week of the 14th. Started in the 80s, in those days park was staffed with full time Rangers, many you saw year after year. About 15 years ago,...
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    Katahdin Stream to Russell with multi day packs...

    Katahdin Stream to Russell with multi day packs seems awfully long haul over tough terrain IMHO, I have done these trails separately never in one trip, maybe others have better experience, but I...
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