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    Greenleaf Trail 4/21/14

    Minor snow on trail below Eagle Pass, above Eagle Pass until hut snow can be thigh deep and easy to posthole. Spikes are handy, and I saw no sign of any snowshoe use. Coming down snowshoes would...
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    And the White House. This is executive action...

    And the White House. This is executive action taking place, not Congressional action. This foolishness at the parks and forests has nothing to do with money, and everything to do with sending a...
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    Fantastic! That's great news. It's great to...

    Fantastic! That's great news. It's great to hear that there are some people with common sense in charge there. Now I'll just be hoping for some nice weather.
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    I'm assuming the Lincoln Woods parking lot is...

    I'm assuming the Lincoln Woods parking lot is gated. Is that correct? I was planning on heading up this weekend, but now, who knows?
  5. I agree. If I got a response like you describe,...

    I agree. If I got a response like you describe, I would learn two things; first, the answer to my question, and second, how to better find my own answer in the future. I consider myself a pretty...
  6. Can I reply with a hearty AMEN? I have...

    Can I reply with a hearty AMEN? I have experienced this myself when I asked a question, and I got criticized for missing a previous answer when I had used search. I really appreciate the collective...
  7. Ethan Pond Trail to Ethan Pond shelter 4-17-13

    Trail is still largely snow covered. At lower elevations no special equipment is needed, although the snow is getting much softer and post-holing is a risk. Above around 2,000 feet the snow gets...
  8. Avalon Trail, A to Z to Willey Ridge 1/5/13

    Used snow shoes on the way up, although I saw many bare booters on the way down. Good base level of of snow all the way to the ridge top, all water crossings are bridged or easily cross-able. ...
  9. 12-2-12 Monoosnoc Trail from Sholan Farms to West Street

    Overall trail is in decent condition. There is a big blowdown on the hill next to the reservoir on the Sholan Farms end of the trail. Most of the mud is either dry or frozen, so no walkarounds are...
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    Galehead and South Twin 11-19-12

    Beautiful day for a hike. Significant ice higher up on South Twin (Twinway) with smaller amounts of snow and ice lower down. Spikes a must. Summit of South Twin is clear. Water crossing mostly...
  11. We have gone the last three years in the first...

    We have gone the last three years in the first week of May. No bugs, generally mild weather and fantastic hiking. We hope to head back again this coming May. I highly recommend that time of year.
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    We ended up going up Falling Waters to Little...

    We ended up going up Falling Waters to Little Haystack and across the ridge to the tentsite. We got the last emply site, and loved it. I slept in my bivy sack, and woke up to a big male black bear...
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    I guess I'm casual in the sense that I'm really,...

    I guess I'm casual in the sense that I'm really, really slow. I love to hike, but I go at my own pace. I just got back from a 3 day backpack on the Kilkenny Ridge, so I'm not a newbie!

    Lot's...
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    Thanks, this is exactly what I needed to know. ...

    Thanks, this is exactly what I needed to know. If the weather stays as predicted I'm hoping she can use my backpacking tent, and I'll use my bivy sack. I certainly don't mind sharing a platform if...
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    Liberty Spring tentsite

    Does anyone know how early in the day you can claim a tentsite at Liberty Spring? My daughter is visiting for two weeks from Tennessee, and we'd like to do a dad/daughter backpacking trip. We're...
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    That's a great idea. I hadn't thought about it,...

    That's a great idea. I hadn't thought about it, but it would make my wife a lot happier!
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    Thanks for all the info and well wishes. It seems...

    Thanks for all the info and well wishes. It seems that experience is all over the place!

    I plan on hiking as long as it is reasonably safe to do so. I generally hike alone (I am very slow), and...
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    Parkinson's and Hiking

    Around 3 weeks ago I was diagnosed with young onset Parkinson's (I am only 47). So far my symptoms are mild, just a slight tremor in my left hand/arm which is accentuated while shivering. After the...
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    Monadnock via Pumpelly 4-20-12

    Trail conditions are very good, but extraordinarily dry. Most of the usual pools and low areas of water are at best a bit muddy. No special equipment required. Tons of flies and a decent black fly...
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    Crawford path to Pierce 4/14

    Trail starts out dry, quickly gets patchy ice. After a mile or so continuous snow cover and monorail. After the cutoff the snow gets deeper, with post hole opportunities off the monorail. Spikes are...
  21. Monoosnoc ridge, Leominster MA 3-11-12

    Date of Hike: 3/11/12

    This hike was over most of the middle and north sections of the Monoosnoc Trail, with some wandering down off the ridge to the quarry.

    Trail Conditions: Surprisingly dry. ...
  22. I'm sitting here at work on a beautiful Saturday...

    I'm sitting here at work on a beautiful Saturday morning, trying to make it through the rest of tax season, and you just made my day. Thanks!
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    Death on Mount Washington

    Sad story:

    http://www.bostonherald.com/news/regional/view/20120110mansfield_hiker_dies_after_falling_on_nhs_mount_washington/srvc=home&position=6
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    Thanks for sharing the story and the pictures. I'm laid up after meniscus surgery, and this is the next best thing to being there.:cool:
  25. Thanks for all the advice. I've done winter...

    Thanks for all the advice. I've done winter camping before, but only in a group setting (Boy Scouts). I think I will do a dry run in my yard once we have some real snow so that I can see how my...
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