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    Done, really appreciate your work Tim. Thank you.

    Done, really appreciate your work Tim. Thank you.
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    I haven't been on the sharp end in more than 5...

    I haven't been on the sharp end in more than 5 years, so my head is firmly out of the game. But I'm reminded just how much one depends on their partner in that sport. A mistake by one can mean the...
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    Couple of thoughts. First, I've pitched my tent...

    Couple of thoughts. First, I've pitched my tent above treeline in the Whites in winter on several occasions, and on two occasions it has been sufficiently miserable that I won't do it again, barring...
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    30 degrees in 4 hrs. Crikey. That's wicked. My...

    30 degrees in 4 hrs. Crikey. That's wicked.

    My wife and I drove through a storm front in WY last summer. Beautiful 80 degree summer day, then in less than 20 minutes it was 50 degrees and hailing....
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    That's a fair and reasonable question. In fact,...

    That's a fair and reasonable question. In fact, my suggestion is in the very next sentence. :-)

    Since I never used to see TP on the trail, my hypothesis is that said TP comes from the new...
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    The road to hell is paved with good intentions. ...

    The road to hell is paved with good intentions.

    I prefer to avoid to the greatest extent possible mixing the outdoors with lawyers, paperwork, and signatures. There are better ways. On that note,...
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    One more piece of color to add that might be...

    One more piece of color to add that might be useful. I've found for high quality bags (FF, WM, maybe some Marmot), I do just fine pretty close to the bag's rating, or even a little bit below. For...
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    $319 for snowshoes. Holy moly.

    $319 for snowshoes. Holy moly.
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    The -25 offerings from FF and Western...

    The -25 offerings from FF and Western Mountaineering are the go-to choices for max versatility if you've got the cash. If you're willing to alter your plans frequently due to below zero temps, or...
  10. Again, complete speculation on my part, and I...

    Again, complete speculation on my part, and I might be totally wrong. But that last 3/4 of a mile is not at all easy, and there's little chance someone that thinks they're having a heart attack is...
  11. Sounds like the guy thought he was having a heart...

    Sounds like the guy thought he was having a heart attack. Speculation: perhaps they hoped rescuers would be able to get there very quickly. When that didn't happen, they evaluated their options and...
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    Cool, give us an update when you've got a few...

    Cool, give us an update when you've got a few more nights on it. Mine has behaved very well over the two years I've had it. Actually I've been impressed with S2S gear in general.
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    I've had the Sea to Summit Comfort Plus...

    I've had the Sea to Summit Comfort Plus for about two years now and can heartily recommend. On super sale at REI now for $140. I got the rectangular shape, which adds a little bit of weight, but it's...
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    All good points. But perhaps one could be...

    All good points. But perhaps one could be forgiven for thinking the Appalachian Mountain Club had something to do with mountains? I don't know the complete history of the AMC, but from what I can...
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    I personally am not fond of the new logo. To me...

    I personally am not fond of the new logo. To me it appears sterilized and conveys nothing about the organization itself. I looked at the old logo and thought, instinctively, that's a place I want to...
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    For whatever it's worth, we didn't see any trash...

    For whatever it's worth, we didn't see any trash at all at Yellowstone or Grand Teton last year, and we were there at the height of tourist season. In fact, I've seen more toilet paper directly on...
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    From the article: "Our goal for the future is...

    From the article:

    "Our goal for the future is to ensure that OPO continues to offer best-in-class, safe, educational outdoors activities for Dartmouth students for many years to come."

    A...
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    GNP trails are similar to Yosemite and Tahoe back...

    GNP trails are similar to Yosemite and Tahoe back country trails; I've spent a fair amount of time in all three areas. GNP, Yosemite, and Tahoe trails are MUCH easier than anything in the Whites. Not...
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    The sauce leathers are quite stable. We've made...

    The sauce leathers are quite stable. We've made them weeks in advance. In those cases, I store them in the freezer, just because, but we've also kept them in the car at ambient temp for several weeks...
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    My first thoughts: 1. Dartmouth can easily afford...

    My first thoughts: 1. Dartmouth can easily afford the reimbursement costs from the rescue operation; 2. Dartmouth will take steps to avoid this expense in the future.

    Hopefully cost avoidance...
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    My family and I love pasta with meat sauce when...

    My family and I love pasta with meat sauce when we're backpacking. Dehydrate your favorite sauce - get the good stuff. It dehydrates into something similar to fruit leather. You need sauce trays -...
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    In my experience, leading a winter or shoulder...

    In my experience, leading a winter or shoulder season hike that is anything other than a true beginner trip is much, much harder than most people realize. First, you have to research the itinerary...
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    If you haven't seen it, here...

    If you haven't seen it, here is a detailed first-hand account of a partial burial in Oakes Gulf on the same day. I thought it a worthwhile read, especially in light of what happened in Raymond...
  24. 25 below tonight with winds sustained at 105-125?...

    25 below tonight with winds sustained at 105-125? Crikey. Gonna get my stove going a little extra hot, I think.
  25. Wow. Just, wow. In general I agree with this...

    Wow. Just, wow.


    In general I agree with this statement, but I think it's quite context dependent. It feels a bit like saying, "The mistake was hiking solo in the winter." To continue on in...
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