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  1. 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...
  3. 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
  5. 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)...
  7. 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...
  8. 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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  10. 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...
  14. 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...
  17. 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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    A few years back, another VFTT member and I led...

    A few years back, another VFTT member and I led the entire Long Trail as a series of section hikes with the AMC. I naively thought we would have a crowd who were interested in doing the entire...
  21. It just keeps getting better... # # # ...

    It just keeps getting better...

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    Boundary Waters Permit Reservations Available March 4, 2019

    DULUTH, Minn. (February 21, 2019) Beginning Monday, March 4, 2019 at 9 am CST, the USDA...
  22. 6147 I just went on [Feb 21], and this is the...

    6147

    I just went on [Feb 21], and this is the message.
  23. I hate turning around! Drive all the way up...

    I hate turning around! Drive all the way up there, get all excited about it, often get up early, and then things don't go as planned. It's rarely easy making that call, but dang, there is something...
  24. Interestingly, the site for Boundary Waters Canoe...

    Interestingly, the site for Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness explicitly states at the top of the website that registration is not open until February 27. I wonder if things are now moving on a...
  25. He had two ice axes? I wonder if he wasn't...

    He had two ice axes? I wonder if he wasn't hiking but ice climbing free solo? Perhaps the "ice axes" were ice tools?
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