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    I asked my son for some more details. Their...

    I asked my son for some more details. Their group did not fit into a lean-to, so some kids were sleeping inside of a lean-to while 6 slept in tents pitched next to a lean-to which was less than 150...
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    Hikerbrian, Perhaps you had some bad luck but...

    Hikerbrian,

    Perhaps you had some bad luck but it's not the first time I hear a story like this. Few years ago my son went with his scout troop to Catskills and they got awoken in the middle of...
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    Ratings are subjective and inherently asymmetric...

    Ratings are subjective and inherently asymmetric - the person rating the trail will very likely perceive the difficulty differently than a random user of the guide. That's why I prefer attributes...
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    You probably should check out...

    You probably should check out https://www.alltrails.com I believe this is currently the most popular on-line "living" trail guide that has a quite a number of useful features. It has curated &...
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    I recently backpacked in Sierra Nevada and my...

    I recently backpacked in Sierra Nevada and my observation is that depending on the wind direction you may get air filled with smoke and horrible visibility or a perfect blue sky. Here are two...
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    If you find plane crash sites interesting, then...

    If you find plane crash sites interesting, then there are many geocaches placed near them, so geocaching might be one of the easiest way of getting coordinates for places like this.
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    I have a bit of update on the maps for my Garmin...

    I have a bit of update on the maps for my Garmin eTrex 32x - last night I updated to the latest TopoActive map version 2020.10 but this map did not yet have the lakes that I marked on OpenStreetMap,...
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    I suspect my issue is a bit different in that...

    I suspect my issue is a bit different in that once I connected the device to a different USB port it worked fine once. What I discovered was that after I plugged in my GPS to a USB port that I used...
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    I recently bought eTrex 32x to replace my old...

    I recently bought eTrex 32x to replace my old eTrex 30. eTrex 32x is a essentially 22x + 3-axis compass, barometric altimeter & includes ANT+ connectivity. I think TopoActive maps are primarily...
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    Great photos. I really love the 4th one where...

    Great photos. I really love the 4th one where the Sun is hidden behind the clouds.
  11. I have had Spot3 for several years now, so over...

    I have had Spot3 for several years now, so over time I got some idea of what to look for in a satellite communication device. I think the things I care about fall primarily into these categories:

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    My cousin who is a medical professional once told...

    My cousin who is a medical professional once told me: "there are no people who are in perfect health, there are only those who have not been examined thoroughly enough."
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    I have a CrossTrek and also a Thule roof rack. I...

    I have a CrossTrek and also a Thule roof rack. I bought cheaper (square) cross bars and got 2 pairs of generic J-shaped kayak carriers for something under $60 off Amazon. I have driven with two...
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    When it comes to passing other people on the...

    When it comes to passing other people on the trail I think the more delicate situation is when a slightly faster hiker catches up to someone else who is a bit slower ascending a narrow trail. Then it...
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    Honestly, I prefer to yield to people going...

    Honestly, I prefer to yield to people going downhill as it gives me a chance to catch a breath without having to admit that I really need it!
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    Can anyone imagine that a person who wants to...

    Can anyone imagine that a person who wants to stay for the night at a hotel in New Hampshire asserts that they did not self quarantine if that's what is required to get a room?
  17. As I travel to different places around U.S. (and...

    As I travel to different places around U.S. (and other countries too) I always wonder what people in these places do for living. About a month ago I was pondering on a related question - how big a...
  18. Since you posted this, I was a little curious if...

    Since you posted this, I was a little curious if all trails are really shown on this map, so I took a look at OSM-based map: https://hiking.waymarkedtrails.org/#?map=16!42.8518!-72.1121 and a bit to...
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    I would be much more concerned about lack of...

    I would be much more concerned about lack of restroom access. I doubt many day hikers carry their own trowels.
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    Here is a link to "AN ORDER ESTABLISHING ARRIVING...

    Here is a link to "AN ORDER ESTABLISHING ARRIVING QUARANTINE RESTRICTIONS ON TRAVELERS IN MAINE":...
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    If an executive order cannot describe something...

    If an executive order cannot describe something precisely enough that it would not need to use a word "appropriate" (as in "appropriate personal protective equipment") I doubt it can withstand any...
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    For me a GPS was actually an enabler rather than...

    For me a GPS was actually an enabler rather than degrader in my hiking experience.

    A while back I did not have any friends who were bushwhacking, so I always stuck to trails. Then I got into...
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    Thanks for the link - maybe I will ask my wife to...

    Thanks for the link - maybe I will ask my wife to get it for me next time she is out of gift ideas! :)

    And yes, I really enjoy birding & bird photography. Every once in a while I get a nice...
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    Have you ever tried birding? It goes well with...

    Have you ever tried birding? It goes well with hiking and can be practiced in your backyard too. Perhaps all birds appear alike at first but they are really different. The best way to get started?...
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    That in itself looks a list to me! :)

    That in itself looks a list to me! :)
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