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    Nothing against your experiences at BSP. The ...

    Nothing against your experiences at BSP. The standard response with respect to many traditional New England 4Ks or maybe 100 highest listers I run into are "they have been up to Baxter" I then ask...
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    I rarely have found anyone that has not ranked a...

    I rarely have found anyone that has not ranked a trip up to BSP as a highpoint of their New England hiking experiences (assuming they had gone through the hoops for reservations and had a good...
  3. VT has put up a high bar, basically a 14 day...

    VT has put up a high bar, basically a 14 day quarantine or a reduced quarantine with testing unless folks are from Hawaii. Last thing I knew NH has no restriction on out of state visitors. I could...
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    Good to know, it was one mountain that I havent...

    Good to know, it was one mountain that I havent climbed and sounds like its best visited in the winter
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    I saw a reference long ago that the Bemis fire...

    I saw a reference long ago that the Bemis fire tower was a "twin" to the Kearsage north tower.
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    The Maine Forest Service actively campaigned to...

    The Maine Forest Service actively campaigned to get rid of old structures in the woods for years as they were thought to attract people that might build a fire. Many of the large industrial...
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    Maine is rebuilding old fire towers

    https://bangordailynews.com/2020/11/22/news/aroostook/old-fire-towers-turned-into-observation-stations-for-hikers-thanks-to-houlton-landscaping-company/

    This is surprising, in the past the Maine...
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    Crescent Ridge Traverse

    Despite the good forecast for today, I was suspicious on how quickly the clouds would clear and if they would clear on the higher summits so I decided to wait until the morning to pick a hike. As...
  9. Aspirational marketing at its best. I havent been...

    Aspirational marketing at its best. I havent been in the one you pictured but the one in Scarborough Maine looks to be bigger. I think they had a plane hanging from the ceiling at one point. The wall...
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    At least they picked the East Side trail to need...

    At least they picked the East Side trail to need a rescue. Its about as easy place for a rescue in the whites as possible. A pickup can and does drive to the campground and for the rest of the length...
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    Not the only obvious conclusion in the news that...

    Not the only obvious conclusion in the news that is being debated despite significant evidence to the contrary :rolleyes:
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    I was out on a cold weekend a few weeks ago...

    I was out on a cold weekend a few weeks ago hiking and was wearing my mask as it was a bit crowded at the start of the hike. It was nice on a cold day as it kept my mouth and nose warm. It was cotton...
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    Yes the Gorham Town Forest is the Paul Doherty...

    Yes the Gorham Town Forest is the Paul Doherty Memorial Forest. I dont think the new addition to the town forest is shown on most maps as it just was finalized early this year. Jericho Mountain state...
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    Its a nice looking article with great visuals and...

    Its a nice looking article with great visuals and a well crafted story but it sure leaves out a lot and makes some tenuous connections

    Its forgets to mention that immediately adjacent to the east...
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    Interesting link. The WMNF Declaration boundary...

    Interesting link. The WMNF Declaration boundary is decidedly "notchy" in the Kilkenny area. There is big block of land in that area that forms a bulge into the WMNF boundary. Curious if the land...
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    Check out the prices for the AMC signs currently...

    Check out the prices for the AMC signs currently on auction and they are bargains ;) (All six are over $1,000 with OBP over $4,000 as of this posting 11/18).
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    BSP Sign and Model Auction

    https://www.32auctions.com/fbsp2020

    Some choice signs up for auction by the friends of BSP.

    The unusual object for sale is one of the 3d fiberglass models of the mountain. There was one at the...
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    OR makes or made a black clone for those without...

    OR makes or made a black clone for those without the interest in designs in the fabric. I have several years on mine. I do lose the Velcro tab attached to the shoes on occasion. I stock Velcro in my...
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    I have been replacing straps on my ORs for years,...

    I have been replacing straps on my ORs for years, I have some ancient fiberglass reinforced rubber strap material that I bought at the close out sale at Ragged Mountain. I think it was used for...
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    Ice Gulch has the "frog in boiling water effect"...

    Ice Gulch has the "frog in boiling water effect" if done CCW per the AMC guide (not my preference but that is another debate). The gulch is divided into multiple distinct microclimates and terrain....
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    The ones proposed for Cabot and Carrigan have not...

    The ones proposed for Cabot and Carrigan have not been installed yet. I think the budget was raided for western firefighting. No doubt with the big block of funding that got approved recently that...
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    There are very few weather stations located on...

    There are very few weather stations located on the summits in the whites. There are sites that can estimate the conditions on the summits based on local weather stations. Its just not very practical...
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    Ice Gulch Randolph Tuesday Rescue

    The local paper Berlin Sun (paywall) reports that F&G has to rescue a solo hiker from Ice Gulch in Randolph. Sounds like the conditions in the gulch were a bit too cold and icy. Poor cell coverage...
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    BSP Footage on Amazon Prime

    https://www.newscentermaine.com/article/news/local/207/amazon-prime-documentary-features-baxter-state-park/97-bc94945e-a882-4103-8f60-10448b1ee885

    Looks like I need to check it out.
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    The US border patrol reportedly keeps a close eye...

    The US border patrol reportedly keeps a close eye on roads near the border with both visible and hidden surveillance. A VFTT member at one point reported being questioned twice in two days by the...
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