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    The parking areas discussed here can be used to...

    The parking areas discussed here can be used to access 9 46R peaks (or more if you're a super hiker). So, it's roughly comparable to the number of peaks frequently hiked inside Baxter State Park.
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    Not to worry, it's already started in the...

    Not to worry, it's already started in the Catskills!
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    Wow! Only 1-3" reported in the Cats, and expected...

    Wow! Only 1-3" reported in the Cats, and expected to melt off pretty quickly. (Not that we were totally snow free yet, but close).
  4. I was not on the summit, but I was pretty close...

    I was not on the summit, but I was pretty close by, down on the flats. It was spectacular!
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    We use plastic containers quite a bit. They...

    We use plastic containers quite a bit.

    They keep things from getting squished, and they are light and reusable. I would not put liquids in them, but that's what Nalgenes or thermoses are for.
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  6. Nessmuk is of course correct. I've witnessed 3...

    Nessmuk is of course correct. I've witnessed 3 eclipses, and you can use your eyes, binoculars, or even a small telescope to view a TOTAL eclipse. There are other safe ways to view it. You can...
  7. To be precise, 'Rock and Snow'.

    To be precise, 'Rock and Snow'.
  8. I suspect huge crowds filling up parking lots has...

    I suspect huge crowds filling up parking lots has something to do with late/early starts.
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    Back Country Navigator is what I use. It's free...

    Back Country Navigator is what I use. It's free to start. No recurring fees unless you want to, but the paid version comes with multiple map sets. It has most of the features of a real GPS, and you...
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    The one time I was near the gate when the bus...

    The one time I was near the gate when the bus went by (after the era hikers got a ride), the driver stopped, turned off the bus, removed his seat belt, got out of the bus, opened the gate, went back...
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    Most club members are not hikers, (but I know...

    Most club members are not hikers, (but I know some are), and they would pass thru the inner gate to their residence, or other common property, where there is ample parking. They are not part of the...
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    There's one in the upper left hand corner of the...

    There's one in the upper left hand corner of the screen you are reading now...
  13. The stated half mile is mostly on a mellow part...

    The stated half mile is mostly on a mellow part of the trail. But I wasn't there. In any case, glad we have the Rangers to assist with these tough situations.
  14. It's moderately steep and it's side-hilling quite...

    It's moderately steep and it's side-hilling quite a bit. It it was icy, even worse. I'm not sure why they did not go up to the clearing where there was a waiting snowmobile. ??
  15. Fatality on Hunter Mountain (Catskills)

    https://www.news10.com/news/greene-county/rangers-extricate-body-at-hunter-mountain/
  16. It was 1F Monday, then got up to 60 during the...

    It was 1F Monday, then got up to 60 during the week, now it's supposed to get down to 7 tonight!
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    Yes, it's quite easy to find the Canister on SW...

    Yes, it's quite easy to find the Canister on SW Hunter now. There is an old rail bed that can be followed to almost the summit. SW was one of my few 'failures' as well, we went straight from the...
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    As a Ranger said to me recently, "Every day is...

    As a Ranger said to me recently, "Every day is Saturday!". Many parking lots are overflowing, even off weekend.
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    Thanks for that. If people complain that butt...

    Thanks for that. If people complain that butt sliding ruins the trails, I respond that butt sliding at least benefits someone, while post holes benefit no one. And aren't we supposed to be prepared...
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    The aforementioned signs have disappeared. :(

    The aforementioned signs have disappeared. :(
  21. The Swiss Bob (which I own) is TOO fast most of...

    The Swiss Bob (which I own) is TOO fast most of the time. The plastic 'spoon' is my favorite tool right now.

    "When did glissading turn into butt sledding?" A long time ago (20 years?)
  22. I'm quite opposed. Call it a contradiction if you...

    I'm quite opposed. Call it a contradiction if you like.

    Post holing benefits no one, while butt sliding at least benefits the person sliding.

    I haven't found Hitler ranting about butt sliders...
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    Yes you are correct, but the shortest approach is...

    Yes you are correct, but the shortest approach is from Slide Mountain Road (Ct. Rt. 47).

    https://caltopo.com/map.html#ll=42.0082,-74.42817&z=15&b=mbt
  24. If you use the last 3 or so feet of your slide,...

    If you use the last 3 or so feet of your slide, you can lean forward and stand up much easier. I consider myself an advanced butt slider! :D

    Yes, they do make the trails slicker, but you need to...
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    Most of the trailless 3500'+ peaks have some form...

    Most of the trailless 3500'+ peaks have some form of herd paths, although some of them are braided, and wander around. Some of the paths disappear and reappear higher up, along ridge lines, where...
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