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    Apple Watch Ultra 2022

    My iWatch 2 finally died, and I bought an Ultra a month or two back. I have to say, I love it!

    The best part, for me, is the larger watch face. In day-to-day use, I like the always-on watch...
  2. I love the fact that you think a map and compass...

    I love the fact that you think a map and compass course costs $230.

    I also respectfully disagree that people voluntarily take courses without being prodded to do so, usually by a friend. I'm...
  3. We've gone off-topic of the original post, but...

    We've gone off-topic of the original post, but today's hikers don't use maps, they use their cellphones and follow a route from AllTrails.

    I don't want to be the old guy saying how much better...
  4. As of November 22, 2022, on Facebook they are...

    As of November 22, 2022, on Facebook they are saying that if one uses the code "LITTLE TREAT", there is free shipping.
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    I forgot to mention. If you like Buried, Fitz...

    I forgot to mention. If you like Buried, Fitz Cahill of the Dirtbag Diaries has a quite interesting interview with the two directors at:...
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    "Buried" has just been released by The Dirtbag...

    "Buried" has just been released by The Dirtbag Diaries.
    https://vimeo.com/762736662/71a81aea0d

    It tells the story of the 1982 Alpine Resort avalanche.

    I haven't witnessed a story this gripping...
  7. Thank you for all the work you put into the site,...

    Thank you for all the work you put into the site, and all the best with the next chapters of your life!

    Brian
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    Baxter closings Oct '22

    Press release of October 19, 2022

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    Effective 10/20/2022, all Katahdin and Traveler Loop Trails will be closed at the trailhead for the season. Many of the trails within the park have...
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    Backpacked on the AT near Great Barrington, MA. ...

    Backpacked on the AT near Great Barrington, MA. Both my hiking partner and I ended up with a tick each.
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    I was backpacking on the AT in Mass and on...

    I was backpacking on the AT in Mass and on Saturday afternoon, we just hiked over a bog bridge in a large marsh and found a fish on the trail! The nearest stream was fifty feet away, and easily a...
  11. An op-ed in the New York Times by Tom Brokaw. ...

    An op-ed in the New York Times by Tom Brokaw.

    Yvon Chouinard still possesses, in the proud parlance of the climbing community, the “dirtbag” sensibility. In the 1960s, he lived to climb and made...
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    Good luck to you! Bring a water filter, and fill...

    Good luck to you! Bring a water filter, and fill up at Gailhead Hut, and then again at the stream below Bondcliff, and you'll be fine.
  13. Yvon Chouinard was my hero before. But now? ...

    Yvon Chouinard was my hero before. But now?

    Words cannot describe my admiration for him!

    One can engage in capitalism and the markets and be a good person at the same time. If anyone...
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    Little six minute movie, "One Last Trip for Man's...

    Little six minute movie, "One Last Trip for Man's Best Friend," about an aging bird dog who is brought back to the home of when he was a puppy to run through the fields and chase grouse one last...
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    Pemi Loop: September 8-10, 2022

    For the last three days I took some time to get outdoors and backpack a Pemi Loop, up in the White Mountains. Going counterclockwise, I traversed the Bonds, Guyot, the Twins, Garfield, and Franconia...
  16. I completely agree. Absolutely no need to carry...

    I completely agree. Absolutely no need to carry bear spray whatsoever.

    Brian
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    Can you share the link?

    Can you share the link?
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    There isn't a person in the world who tells...

    There isn't a person in the world who tells themselves what they are doing is wrong. Will, I have been watching with fascination your justifications for acting illegally and unethically.

    Sadly, I...
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    I have a -20. I would highly recommend at least...

    I have a -20. I would highly recommend at least that, if not warmer. But I have no body fat.

    My own general rules is that I want to have a bag rated twenty degrees better than the actual low....
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    Why are people splitting hairs about how far off...

    Why are people splitting hairs about how far off the trail one must go? We’ve all seen the illegal sites—they’re usually fifteen feet off the trail, at best.

    Last night, bears rolled the bear...
  21. If people haven't read it, Mary Roach's book,...

    If people haven't read it, Mary Roach's book, Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law, is a wonderful read! She has two brisk and engrossing chapters on local communities and bears--although the whole book...
  22. The last thing we want is someone not calling for...

    The last thing we want is someone not calling for a rescue because they feel they cannot afford it.
  23. Hancocks campground on the Kanc closed August 11-25, 2022 due to bears

    Well, the subject line says it all. People aren't taking bears seriously, and it is having an effect.

    Brian
  24. The American Alpine Club also offers rescue...

    The American Alpine Club also offers rescue insurance. I am a member for other reasons (their library is phenomenal!), but it's a very nice benefit, to be certain.
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    I'm getting the impression you're new. Let me...

    I'm getting the impression you're new. Let me give you some advice.
    Stay at hardened sites. Those are sites are there for reasons.
    a. They have water sources;
    b. They have bear boxes;
    c. You...
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