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    You are not alone in your perspective. :) ...

    You are not alone in your perspective. :)

    While I certainly try not to have preconceived notions about individuals, I do also believe there is often a kernel of truth in generalizations.

    Or...
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    Thank you.

    Thank you.
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    This made me laugh. In my experience, hipster...

    This made me laugh. In my experience, hipster places are, by definition, hiker friendly.

    (No offense meant, your frequent posts are a great contribution to this web site.)
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    Thank you for taking the time to expand on your...

    Thank you for taking the time to expand on your trip report. It is so easy to "misread a tone" into a post or email; so please know I completely agree that with your reaction to the experience.
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  5. I was fortunate to have had the opportunity to...

    I was fortunate to have had the opportunity to hike in Yellowstone after the 1988 fire. The section I hiked seemed to be recovering very quickly; lots of beautiful ground cover.

    With the...
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    Hi, I am curious about the hostility towards...

    Hi,

    I am curious about the hostility towards the "mini-rangers". This group sounds very similar to the WMNF Trailhead Stewards Program

    Was it only after the enforcement visit & selective...
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    Echoing the previous comments: Pumpelly is the...

    Echoing the previous comments:

    Pumpelly is the longest and best route, nice warm-up in the woods, quick ascent to ridge line, lots of long views well before the summit, limited parking

    My go-to...
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    [thread drift] I heard other people talking while...

    [thread drift] I heard other people talking while on a relatively remote bushwhack. My immediate and overwhelming thought was to be quiet and hide. I knew it was silly, but still, I didn't make may...
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    I agree that conflicting and changing advice is...

    I agree that conflicting and changing advice is frustrating.

    I view this as the scientific method being played out at an accelerated pace for the general public to see; as opposed to be limited...
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    My next door neighbor works for National Grid. ...

    My next door neighbor works for National Grid. They are work from home for the foreseeable future. They cleared out their cubicles and were given nice desks and chairs for their home office set-up....
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    Yes, cell phone apps are not reliable, can be...

    Yes, cell phone apps are not reliable, can be misused, and are not a substitute for map and compass skills

    Making maps available via cell phone apps is not in conflict with Conservationism nor...
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    There are legitimate arguments against the...

    There are legitimate arguments against the favored status of the AMC Huts but calling them out because their trying to get a new revenue stream from their intellectual property (some very good maps)...
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    I wouldn't characterize these efforts as "erasing...

    I wouldn't characterize these efforts as "erasing history".

    While I certainly agree that we should attempt to understand historical actors in the context of the time in which they lived, I view...
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    Ssshhh, you will wake the Quants.

    Ssshhh, you will wake the Quants.
  15. I am very worried about the economy; family...

    I am very worried about the economy; family members have been laid off and my company is hurting.

    That said, how does a second Great Depression kill more people than the virus? We have much...
  16. If Facebook forbid posting those trips would that...

    If Facebook forbid posting those trips would that have any effect?
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    Yes, I have dramatically scaled back the...

    Yes, I have dramatically scaled back the internet based research and planning of my backpacking trips over the years. Maps and WM guide are sufficient and preferred at this point. Some of it is...
  18. I use these as my hiking, water crossing, and...

    I use these as my hiking, water crossing, and camp shoes. Just change out my socks in camp.

    /https://www.rei.com/product/147068/salomon-crossamphibian-swift-2-water-shoes-mens

    I wouldn't use...
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    What is the acceptable local distance to travel...

    What is the acceptable local distance to travel for exercise? :confused:

    We have been working down the street and back every evening, but this weekend I drove 16 miles to from Auburn MA to...
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    You are exaggerating people's positions. Support...

    You are exaggerating people's positions. Support does not need to be unconditional support.

    I support the Cog and Auto Road Operations and appreciate both Companies' assistance with rescues and...
  21. Hunting is on the decline, cutting into funding for conservatiion

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/hunting-is-slowly-dying-off-and-that-has-created-a-crisis-for-the-nations-public-lands/2020/02/02/554f51ac-331b-11ea-a053-dc6d944ba776_story.html?itid=pm_pop
  22. Time may take care of this... If I was in the...

    Time may take care of this...

    If I was in the market to buy a second home as a base for winter activities, I would definitely head far North.
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    Did you make the wands from a DIY link? I have...

    Did you make the wands from a DIY link?

    I have never gone above treeline in the winter unless it is a bluebird day (because I hike alone and have an aversion to risk).

    Placing wands, in...
  24. I hope this wasn't vandalism or theft by hikers. ...

    I hope this wasn't vandalism or theft by hikers. That would be unacceptable, criminal, behavior.

    The Cog is a private business and they owe hikers nothing.

    On a related note, a poster on FB...
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    I haven't dug a snow cave since I was a kid. ...

    I haven't dug a snow cave since I was a kid.

    I strongly suggest a partner to handle the rest of the camp chores. I expect you are going to get really warm, really quickly, from the labor and...
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