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    Sites similar to VFTT

    I recall a thread or threads on these forums comparing VFTT to similar hiker websites. There was discussion about overall aging of VFTT participants, experience levels of users, quality of advice...
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    Online Guidebooks -- Suggestions Please

    I am creating an online guidebook for hikers and backpackers, for areas in my neck of the woods. This after I decided to forego a printed book format.

    VFTT readers, please suggest any online...
  3. My wife and stepson had never seen the Milky Way...

    My wife and stepson had never seen the Milky Way or even a starry sky, having always lived in the big city. On a trip to Yellowstone we were driving back to our lodging after dark, and I stopped the...
  4. If memory serves, this topic was broached in...

    If memory serves, this topic was broached in AMC's Appalachia magazine some decades ago. I don't have the reference. What I recall is an elevation of 9,000 feet. Not sure if that was supposed to be...
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    How repair hole in elastic side pocket

    The elastic side pockets on my pack have these gaping holes. They are in the middle of the fabric, not at the edge. I suspect they got started when my pack scraped against trees or other objects....
  6. Time to start carrying bear spray into the Pemi. ...

    Time to start carrying bear spray into the Pemi. Let 'em get a whiff of capsaicin. It has proved a healthy deterrent in places like Yellowstone. Once they get a sniff of the stuff, the bears back...
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    ADK 46 completed by 4-year old

    https://www.goodmorningamerica.com/living/story/girl-youngest-summit-46-high-peaks-adirondacks-years-64720173
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    The longer I live the expatriate life the more I...

    The longer I live the expatriate life the more I live outside the loop, or at least one of so many loops.

    gaia? trs?
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    My understanding: the state supposedly requires...

    My understanding: the state supposedly requires permission, the question is to what extent it is enforced. Laws are often written with wriggle room, but in any event are subject to interpretation....
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    Traditional maps/guidebooks obsolete?

    Growing up in New England, I had access to trail info and maps for almost any locale in the entire six-state region. The printed guidebooks and maps were easy to find and wonderfully informative.
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    Wachusetts! A favorite partly because near where...

    Wachusetts! A favorite partly because near where I grew up in eastern Mass. So where is the gold fish pond? I've hiked several times, don't recall seeing it.
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    Baldface sounds really nice. I never heard of it...

    Baldface sounds really nice. I never heard of it before. Don't even know where it is, gather it's near the NH/ME border, but is NOT the same as Baldpate. I've seen a few pics here and there on...
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    Thanx for so many suggestions, lots to look into,...

    Thanx for so many suggestions, lots to look into, loads to check out. A lifetime plus to enjoy!

    Kerry13. Ooooo, love that photo. Got out a magnifying glass to see the tiny scrapers. Brought back...
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    I dread buying new boots, such a hassle. In the...

    I dread buying new boots, such a hassle. In the past I have found ordered as many as 10 pairs from REI, hoping for at least one pair that fits, send the rest back. Finding that one pair has...
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    Lower elevation peak suggestions

    I'm looking to broaden my horizons beyond popular peakbagging lists.

    I'd love to hear suggestions for VT-NH-ME lower peaks (under 3800') that offer favored attributes: good views, old growth...
  16. Ways to determine summit elevations (outside USA)

    I am currently in the process of writing guidebook descriptions for various mountain hikes in my area. I am using www.OpenTopoMap.org to find summit elevations, or as close as I can get. The contour...
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    Did polarized lenses make me cross-eyed?

    I tried out a new pair of polarized sunglasses. OK for a few days. Then came the day when I had to pay close attention to the very rough trail I was walking, picking my way around rocks, etc. I...
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    I have hired guides, though not out West, so...

    I have hired guides, though not out West, so can't suggest a service. What I'd do differently: make sure you and the guide agree on the itinerary. I found that making assumptions ahead of time can...
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    Personal hygiene in the backcountry

    The matter of personal hygiene in the backcountry has become more complicated as I get older.

    In my younger days I wasn't much concerned. On multi-week trips I discovered that I had to wash at...
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    Dry out water bottle inside, how?

    I want to store water bottles, but they need to be stone dry inside before long-term storage. The blasted things take forever to dry, like days or weeks. Sometimes it seems they replenish moisture...
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    Forest reclaiming tundra on Moosilauke?

    I climbed Mount Moosilauke a few days ago. A hiker on the summit told me the forest cover on top is increasing. Is it really so? Does that mean alpine tundra is in retreat, presumably from natural...
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    Where on Mt Lafayette was this photo taken?

    I climbed Mt Lafayette on September 30 this year. At home I found an old photo taken on the mountain in November 1971. It's above timberline, but I can't identify where exactly it was taken. Can...
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    Edit: change “stinging” to “singing”

    Edit: change “stinging” to “singing”
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    Some people must like the sound of their own...

    Some people must like the sound of their own voice. One of my Chinese trekking guides had the habit of singing on the trail, then immediately playing back a recording of it from his cell phone.
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    Hiking under the influence (of electronics)

    Recently I spent time with trekking guides. Some of them spent a lot of time on their cell phones **while hiking**. I found that disturbing for several reasons. First, as a simple matter of safety....
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