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  1. Reading many trip reports on "AllTrails.com" I...

    Reading many trip reports on "AllTrails.com" I learned that it can be very windy and cold once you get up on Franconia Ridge. Tip: Bring a sweatshirt.

    And can someone tell me what a "hand...
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    AMC Takes a Stand... and a Knee

    If you have not seen it, the following letter from AMC CEO John Judge gives the organization's response to the events of the last two weeks. It's a powerful statement for him to make and pulls no...
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    Oh yeah, hikers with unleashed dogs proceed to...

    Oh yeah, hikers with unleashed dogs proceed to the center of the circle.

    Here's a first for me: Last week a hiker on Belknap arrived at the summit with two unleashed dogs. As the bowsers were...
  4. Thread: Re-Openings

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    It does. And Iím sure there is a security...

    It does. And Iím sure there is a security component to the decision also.

    Sounds like a nice gig too: Live at a high for the summer yet not have to deal with all those overnight guests. ...
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    There has been lots of talk about how hikers will...

    There has been lots of talk about how hikers will fare with the high huts being closed for the season. The following from a recent AMC email:

    "... even though we’ve had to close the high mountain...
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    All this makes me wonder what the American people...

    All this makes me wonder what the American people have devolved into. Obviously we are not as hardy as our ancestors. But as recently as WWII folks handled blackouts, rationing, shortages of food...
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    Canada will be keeping its U.S. border closed at...

    Canada will be keeping its U.S. border closed at least till June 21.
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    It's th same confusing deal in Maine. I called...

    It's th same confusing deal in Maine. I called my kid for a translation and her take was if you come to Maine from away you better stay put in your lodgings for 14 days. Which is silly, especially...
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    I was more intrigued with the methodology...

    I was more intrigued with the methodology suggested for interpreting risk across activities (climbing, sky diving, etc.) rather than Covid-specific veracity.

    And as far as that fear mongering NYT...
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    Sorry for the link hassle. it "just works" for me...

    Sorry for the link hassle. it "just works" for me :) (And I erase all Firefox history each time I quit Firefox. So who knows why?)

    I any case, here is the interesting excerpt from the piece:
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  11. Rode the Kanc today and motorcycle thermometer...

    Rode the Kanc today and motorcycle thermometer was consistently at 90 at lower elevations. 93 deg in Lincoln where you could see clouds boiling up over the mountains to the north.

    Most trail heads...
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    I see it without log in. The NYT has made...

    I see it without log in. The NYT has made Covid-related coverage available to all, incl non-subscribers.
  13. AMC Kills the Print Version of Outdoors Mag

    Just got the email notice about this.

    Not sure if it is a causality of the pandemic or more altruistically motivated.

    From the pen of John Judge himself....

    Paper Trail

    The summer issue...
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    Micromorts - A way to Assess Your Risk

    This article describes a way to determine risk in a fairly objective manner. It is based on the micromort, the one-in-a-million chance most of us face from dying every day.

    In this article the...
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    Our beaches remain officially closed this holiday...

    Our beaches remain officially closed this holiday weekend to avoid an influx of you know who from you know where. But as of mid-day Sunday it is a mere 53 deg at the coast and blowing stink. Not a...
  16. Just read an interesting stat out of NH: 80% of...

    Just read an interesting stat out of NH: 80% of all of COVID deaths state wide have been in nursing home and care facilities.
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    Ok, back to business. ITS THE CELL PHONE...

    Ok, back to business.

    ITS THE CELL PHONE STUPID!

    What’s ironically annoying about this call out is that a non- functional cell phone Triggered it rather than yet another “save my s#it” call on...
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    Any non profit bail out bucks heading their way? ...

    Any non profit bail out bucks heading their way? Iím sure theyíll apply if thereís a ghost of a chance.
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    About once a week I read of someone stopped for...

    About once a week I read of someone stopped for speeding in NH who was rolling over 100 mph. On 95, 93, 89, and even 16! Are we there yet?
  20. The Virus, Tourism and Risk in the North Country

    Here is an interesting article that illustrates the potential dangers some NH counties face as tourist season kicks off.

    The article helps shed light on why there are jingoistic rumblings from...
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    Now that is a gift!! And as a former Nutmeger...

    Now that is a gift!!

    And as a former Nutmeger (Bridgeport), I hope to see your plate again in NH when all this blows over.
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    Yup. The healing effects of a walk in the woods...

    Yup. The healing effects of a walk in the woods is something we all have experienced and enjoyed over the years. I read an article about the stress and anxiety being generated by this pandemic as...
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    Ditto on iPhone, with Verizon as network. ...

    Ditto on iPhone, with Verizon as network.

    Often a text message will go through when signal strength will not support voice. Wonder if he tried a text?
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    Self Rescue on Downe's Brook

    Solo hiker. Story is here.

    He did most things right, but SARS had to respond anyway.

    What would you have done differently?
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    Ever try to dig a nine inch cat hole in the...

    Ever try to dig a nine inch cat hole in the average NH forest? It ain't easy given the roots, rocks, gravel and hard pan we have.
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