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    This is a race. What kind? For speed runners on...

    This is a race. What kind? For speed runners on the AT, which is contiguous, it makes sense to clock from start to finish. But look at the Tour de France, which is in stages. If one were going by...
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    now the Grid is being speed hiked

    https://www.telegram.com/news/20190717/worcester-hiker-philip-carcia-completes-white-mountain-challenge-in-record-time?fbclid=IwAR00i_kEy_lJVikeSeJZjA3IS8QN4q9AJllJf3s4GQEsf1rP0cGinEEh22I

    319 days...
  3. Part of the joy of being outdoors are meeting...

    Part of the joy of being outdoors are meeting other people who enjoy the same. The only people who don't respond back to a friendly greeting usually strike me as folks who are new to hiking and...
  4. It's hard to get people to take bears seriously. ...

    It's hard to get people to take bears seriously. I was on the Colorado Trail, staying in a place named, of all things, Bear Creek, and met to young men who gave me trails names, but weren't even...
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    The Franconia Shuttle

    We drove up on the Fourth of July to hike Lincoln-Lafayette. They have implemented the parking ban on I-93 now (and two hours at the next lot). We arrived at 8:45am, and were the fourth car after...
  6. Mountains that have had their "summits" moved

    Was just on Mt. Tom, and wow, they have done some really impressive trail work on the A-Z Trail!

    The summit has also been moved from the old overlook. There is now a cairn, and past the cairn is...
  7. NHPR's "Outside/In" podcast has done a balanced...

    NHPR's "Outside/In" podcast has done a balanced and quite fine two-part podcast on the issue of overpopulation, for those interested. I learned more than I expected from these two episodes....
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    Many moons ago we hiked through Mahoosuc Notch...

    Many moons ago we hiked through Mahoosuc Notch and then over Goose Eye on the Fourth of July, and while clamoring through the boulders, I was surprised to see a fair amount of ice still packed down...
  9. Laura Waterman being inducted into AAC Hall of Mountaineering Excellence

    On June 1 in Golden, CO, Laura Waterman is being inducted into the American Alpine Club's Hall of Mountaineering Excellence.

    Such a nice honor!

    https://americanalpineclub.org/excellence

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    Moat is closed until May 4

    Today (Sunday, April 28) is the last day Moat will be open until May 4. (I think they're upgrading the kitchen).

    If ever there were a reason to take some time off from hiking, this is it!

    Brian
  11. The AMC should be in a mode of decreasing their...

    The AMC should be in a mode of decreasing their carbon footprint rather than perpetually increasing it. Which is a mantra they preach but do not practice. Let's not forget that their has been more...
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    Mountains with potentially gnarly stream...

    Mountains with potentially gnarly stream crossings:
    Carrigain
    Hancocks
    Tripyramids (Pine Bend Brook Trail)
    Wildcats and Carter (19 Mile Brook Trail)
    Owlshead
    Isolation (Rocky Branch Trail)...
  13. The thing about the Tripyramids is that one is...

    The thing about the Tripyramids is that one is not seeing the summits but the treetops.

    I am open to being wrong, but I don't think it's an optical illusion--I think the tree tops are actually...
  14. Summits that look higher than their neighbors

    I was standing on the rock summit of Middle Tripyramid last weekend, looking at South Tripyramid--officially forty feet lower--thinking that South Tripyramid looks higher. People can claim it's the...
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    A short and decent article on changes to the New...

    A short and decent article on changes to the New Hampshire and Adirondack lists over the years.
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  16. I agree with Hammerdee. We need to reduce energy...

    I agree with Hammerdee. We need to reduce energy consumption from carbon-based fuels now, and every way we can. Global warming is the issue facing the world at the moment, and while some members...
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    I heard a book mentioned on the Outdoors podcast,...

    I heard a book mentioned on the Outdoors podcast, and it sounded intriguing. The Wave: In Pursuit of Rogues, Freaks and Giants of the Ocean, by Susan Casey.

    The writing is so engrossing it was...
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    Thank you for the suggestion of C.J. Box. I...

    Thank you for the suggestion of C.J. Box. I wasn't able to read the first book in the series, and grabbed one some ways in. Deep characters and strong writing. I was surprised at how deeply...
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    One summer we were hiking up to Zealand and met...

    One summer we were hiking up to Zealand and met some rangers. Someone had stayed at the Highland Center, taken the shuttle to the Zealand parking lot, and was supposed to hike back. Never came...
  20. In the middle of Connecticut, along the...

    In the middle of Connecticut, along the Connecticut River, there are 1-3 inches of snow in the northern third of the state (from photos of a friend hiking the New England Trail), and no snow...
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    Cog turns 150 in 2019

    This article is an excellent background of the Cog railway.

    https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/what-is-mount-washington-cog-railway?utm_medium=atlas-page&utm_source=facebook.com

    I did not...
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    If I'm using my leather boots, I find the stakes...

    If I'm using my leather boots, I find the stakes are not high. I still have Koflachs, and the location of the tip of the plastic boot relative to the pivot point at the end of the snowshoe is...
  23. Lessons from located an iPhone in the wild

    A friend lost his iPhone on Saturday in a public park, and we located it on Sunday. Some lessons:

    1. Ensure you have "Find My iPhone" turned on.

    2) Turn on "Send location before battery dies"...
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    Many moons ago now I did the Kinsmans on the last...

    Many moons ago now I did the Kinsmans on the last day of winter, stayed at the shelter, and then went up and out over Cannon the next day. The Kinsmen were my last winter 48s. So I duly sent in my...
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    171mph on Mt. Washington, Feb 25, 2019

    Wow!

    From the Observatory just after 7pm on 2-25-19:
    Current peak wind is 171mph! Surpassing the previous February wind record (166 MPH set in 1972).


    Brian
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