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    Registry and treasure chest removed. Thanks to...

    Registry and treasure chest removed. Thanks to M.D.B. for fetching it. Donation sent to local trail maintenance organization.
  2. Sign encountered while hiking off-trail near the...

    Sign encountered while hiking off-trail near the tourist town of Shuhe in southwest China's Yunnan Province. I left the area to avoid the possibility of getting stung. Later, when I examined the...
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    I decided to retrieve and remove the register,...

    I decided to retrieve and remove the register, what I call the treasure chest earlier on this thread. Let the place revert to nature, underground wilderness. By the way, the treasure is the box with...
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    I incorporated some of the suggestions offered...

    I incorporated some of the suggestions offered here into my online guidebook (thanks). If interested you can check it out at www.TrekHaba.com

    Developing a comprehensive guidebook, what a *huge*...
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    Trailless peaks in the Catskills

    I read on a website somewhere that some of the high Catskill peaks are trailless, and it is hoped to keep them that way. I gathered that posting info is discouraged in order to force peakbaggers to...
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    Missing hiker's dog turns up

    Sad story out of Colorado. Experienced hiker missing since Feb. 3, his dog turns up alive 8 days later. Search called off on account of bad weather.
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    Backcountry Pain Pills

    What do you carry in your first aid kit to address pain from severe trauma/accident?

    In the past my doctor wrote me a prescription for APAP/Codeine (APAP = paracetamol = acetaminophen) with a...
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    Some other models Benpacker benpacker.de ...

    Some other models

    Benpacker benpacker.de

    Monowalker monowalker.com

    Wheelie radicaldesign.com

    Comparison of these three models:
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    Local land managers have the authority to allow...

    Local land managers have the authority to allow wheeled backpacks in wilderness areas, under the Americans With Disabilities Act. You need a letter from your doctor explaining the disability. See...
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    Wheeled backpacks for hiking?

    I am recovering from a back injury. My recovery will take several months after which hopefully I can continue day hiking as before. But I may have to give up overnight backpacking if the weight...
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    After reviewing the comments above, I have...

    After reviewing the comments above, I have reworded my rating levels:

    Easy: Hikes up to 3 hours in length with 500 meters or less elevation gain. Maximum altitude 2,600 meters.

    Moderate: Daily...
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    Prevent dead camera battery

    On a recent backpack, my camera (iPad in this case) lasted 4 days. Then conked out as I reached the most beautiful scenery of the trip. I may get a solar charger in future, but will have to do...
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    Good feedback, thank you. I have never liked...

    Good feedback, thank you.

    I have never liked hiking times expressed as a range. Like, "the hike to the summit takes 4-6 hours". For my guidebook, I provide hiking times from my personal trips,...
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    Survey: guidebook format

    The AMC Guide to the White Mountains has been the dominant influence on my thinking when it comes to organizing a guidebook. That for me was always the gold standard for printed guidebooks. However,...
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    Sites similar to VFTT

    I recall a thread or threads on these forums comparing VFTT to similar hiker websites. There was discussion about overall aging of VFTT participants, experience levels of users, quality of advice...
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    Online Guidebooks -- Suggestions Please

    I am creating an online guidebook for hikers and backpackers, for areas in my neck of the woods. This after I decided to forego a printed book format.

    VFTT readers, please suggest any online...
  17. My wife and stepson had never seen the Milky Way...

    My wife and stepson had never seen the Milky Way or even a starry sky, having always lived in the big city. On a trip to Yellowstone we were driving back to our lodging after dark, and I stopped the...
  18. If memory serves, this topic was broached in...

    If memory serves, this topic was broached in AMC's Appalachia magazine some decades ago. I don't have the reference. What I recall is an elevation of 9,000 feet. Not sure if that was supposed to be...
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    How repair hole in elastic side pocket

    The elastic side pockets on my pack have these gaping holes. They are in the middle of the fabric, not at the edge. I suspect they got started when my pack scraped against trees or other objects....
  20. Time to start carrying bear spray into the Pemi. ...

    Time to start carrying bear spray into the Pemi. Let 'em get a whiff of capsaicin. It has proved a healthy deterrent in places like Yellowstone. Once they get a sniff of the stuff, the bears back...
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    ADK 46 completed by 4-year old

    https://www.goodmorningamerica.com/living/story/girl-youngest-summit-46-high-peaks-adirondacks-years-64720173
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    The longer I live the expatriate life the more I...

    The longer I live the expatriate life the more I live outside the loop, or at least one of so many loops.

    gaia? trs?
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    My understanding: the state supposedly requires...

    My understanding: the state supposedly requires permission, the question is to what extent it is enforced. Laws are often written with wriggle room, but in any event are subject to interpretation....
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    Traditional maps/guidebooks obsolete?

    Growing up in New England, I had access to trail info and maps for almost any locale in the entire six-state region. The printed guidebooks and maps were easy to find and wonderfully informative.
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    Wachusetts! A favorite partly because near where...

    Wachusetts! A favorite partly because near where I grew up in eastern Mass. So where is the gold fish pond? I've hiked several times, don't recall seeing it.
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