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    My experience with specialized “hiking” socks...

    My experience with specialized “hiking” socks (Smartwool type) is limited because I haven’t found them to offer substantial advantage over my old standby, a traditional ragg wool boot sock over a...
  2. Poll: Perhaps so. I bore with "foot issues"...

    Perhaps so. I bore with "foot issues" exacerbated by ill-fitting footwear for many years, before getting a pair of custom Limmers. Boots fit perfectly; foot issues went bye-bye; smiling tootsies...
  3. Yes. Number 3. My error. You may consider...

    Yes. Number 3. My error.

    You may consider that code the height of hypocrisy. That doesn't at all mean it fails to convey first rate advice.

    G.
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    There always will be goofuses who haven't yet got...

    There always will be goofuses who haven't yet got the message about alpine environment and its fragility -- scree wall violators. I think signage would help. The brush is ugly and careless...
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    Looking at the photo I have to agree that is one...

    Looking at the photo I have to agree that is one ugly piece of business. The wall isn't too offensive, to my eye. But the brush gives the scene a trash heap look, which isn't good and seems...
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    Having been around a while, Ive seen before and...

    Having been around a while, Ive seen before and after in respect to what the summit vegetation preservation-restoration effort has accomplished in many locations. I am pleased by the result. Yeah,...
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    For more years than I can remember my hiking...

    For more years than I can remember my hiking first aid kit has included:

    + Bandaids of assorted sizes.

    + Gauze pads of assorted sizes, up to at least 4 x 4.

    + Small roll of gauze bandage...
  8. This thread has turned into quite a discussion,...

    This thread has turned into quite a discussion, and I’ve enjoyed it.

    Having raised the issue of the old group hiking rule, “start, stay and finish together” I’ll add a comment on the application...
  9. The concept of "team" transcends the narrow...

    The concept of "team" transcends the narrow thinking of competitive sports. It means joining together in common effort to achieve common goals. In hiking, the primary team goal proprerly is to get...
  10. This actually did happen to an acquaintance of...

    This actually did happen to an acquaintance of mine in the spring of 2009, on the Appalachian Trail in Virginia. My acquaintance, who happens to be legally blind is a very experienced hiker -- even...
  11. Sorry, but no, I will not "give you a break" on...

    Sorry, but no, I will not "give you a break" on this issue.

    I have never argued against taking responsibility for one's own well-being, or substituting reliance on the care and supervision of...
  12. Did I suggest active intervention in this (or any...

    Did I suggest active intervention in this (or any other) case? That is not at all what I am getting at. My own living will includes a specific DNR order. I continue to find fault with the behavior...
  13. Are "weak" hikers automatically "unfit," or do...

    Are "weak" hikers automatically "unfit," or do they just have fewer or lesser physical gifts?

    When you ask your weak-unfit hikers to turn around, do you provide them a strong-fit escort back to...
  14. I've thought about that. Certainly the outcome...

    I've thought about that. Certainly the outcome might not have changed. That is reality. But where lies the humanity -- basic moral decency -- in leaving a companion alongside the trail, not out of...
  15. When they become part of a group, strong hikers...

    When they become part of a group, strong hikers take on an ethical obligation to support the weaker members of their party. That may mean adjusting their pace to accommodate their companions' needs....
  16. I am going to be harshly judgmental about this. ...

    I am going to be harshly judgmental about this.

    This is a prime example of why parties never should leave members -- and particularly single members -- behind, unattended. Never. Start together,...
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    Where is the Bisquit Brook leanto located? G.

    Where is the Bisquit Brook leanto located?

    G.
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    Wow! This reminds me of my Air Force photo...

    Wow!

    This reminds me of my Air Force photo processing days of four decades ago, when I learned that startling details could be recovered from the tiniest snippets of properly shot and processed...
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    There is little to say here, save that our...

    There is little to say here, save that our Adirondack high places have lost a pioneering giant advocate and protector. We are enriched by having had Ed Ketchledge among us for so many years.
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    ... or was, maybe, merely hapless. G.

    ... or was, maybe, merely hapless.

    G.
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    Don't assume that because you are relatively...

    Don't assume that because you are relatively short in overall stature that your torso length also is short (or "small"). Have it measured by someone who knows what he/she is doing.

    At 5'-7" I am...
  22. Thread: Brown water

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    OK. You've been told.;) I think it probably...

    OK. You've been told.;)

    I think it probably is a result of tannins (a product of vegetation -- it's what turns your tea dark) in the water. Adirondack dark (black or brown or tea) water has been...
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    One of the great attractions to tramping in the...

    One of the great attractions to tramping in the woods, for me, long has been the "relaxed standards" of the dress code. It always has been part of that "freedom of the hills" thing, in my mind. Not...
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    I especially like the rainbow shot (#2), which is...

    I especially like the rainbow shot (#2), which is very dramatic in every respect.

    The white streaks in photo #4 almost certainly are some kind of precipitation in the air.

    Nice job. Thanks for...
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    It's good to see some informed discussion of the...

    It's good to see some informed discussion of the footwear issue as it bears on this unfortunate case.

    As we see, working definitions of terms like "sufficient" and "adequate" can be pretty darned...
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