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  1. I have never hiked down the cog before, let alone...

    I have never hiked down the cog before, let alone this time of year.

    I imagine it is a pretty straight shot down to the Cog parking lot, whereas the Jewel Trail meanders and feels endless.

    For...
  2. Interesting article in Outdoors about the ethics...

    Interesting article in Outdoors about the ethics of thru hiking now.
    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10217356030953309&set=gm.1323338801209884&type=3&theater

    "During the last two weeks,...
  3. All National Parks admission fees are temporarily waived

    All national park admission fees have been temporarily waived. While the claim is that this helps Americans get outside, I suspect the larger reason is to protect the folks who manned the booths. In...
  4. Washington Post article on the challenges of thru hiking the AT at the moment

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2020/03/16/appalachian-trail-coronavirus-backpacking/

    While everyone is saying to stay away from others and get outside, the point of the article is that thru...
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    Outside/In podcast on Laura Waterman

    NHPR's Outside/In podcast just dedicated an episode to Laura Waterman. As with everything they do, the episode was excellent.

    Entitled, "Nature Has Done Her Part," it can be found at:...
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    Warm weekend

    I know itís just Tuesday and the forecast can change, but just for the record, the forecast is for 54 and rain on Saturday in North Conway and close to 2.5 days without it getting below freezing. ...
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    2019 Grid Finishers

    100 times through the 48!

    From Hiker Ed

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    Grid Finishers 2019

    Name Date Final Peak
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    Winter camping is a wonderful experience, but as...

    Winter camping is a wonderful experience, but as others have noted, doing so above treeline is something, I would suggest, to be done only if necessary. As someone who has done it, there is a lot of...
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    I just finished The Eight Mountains by Paolo...

    I just finished The Eight Mountains by Paolo Cognetti. This was last year's Banff Grand Prize winner.

    Fiction. Relationship of a young man over many years to mountains and a friend who lives...
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    I think the idea behind the pledge is that, for...

    I think the idea behind the pledge is that, for many people, they have never encountered back country ethics before. By giving someone a chance to read a few key ones, and then ask them actively to...
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    Not a big fan of environmental stewardship? ...

    Not a big fan of environmental stewardship? Sorry to hear that! From the number of feet that widen the trail at muddy spots instead of walking straight down the middle, the number of orange and...
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    Yes, I did fear the article would be behind a...

    Yes, I did fear the article would be behind a firewall.

    The nation of Palau now stamps a pledge into visitor's passports and has them sign them upon entering the country!
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    Tourism pledges

    Various tourist areas are asking visitors to sign a pledge to uphold various ethical behaviors while they are in the location. Interesting idea! (a) It's a chance to plant a seed in people's minds,...
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    "Augmented"

    In 1982 a man lost his lower legs to frostbite on Mt. Washington.

    There is a new movie coming out, Augmented, about his obtaining new prosthetic ones, and the technology of prosthetics in...
  15. It was fascinating reading about her career. ...

    It was fascinating reading about her career. First, it's extremely hard just to get a fullltime position in the first place, but once one does, those folks often move around a lot as they work their...
  16. Yellowstone has its first female chief ranger

    That fact that Yellowstone is a 147 years old is pretty darn cool!

    The fact it now has its first female chief ranger is also (finally) pretty darn cool.
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  17. Thank you for this wisdom! It is interesting how...

    Thank you for this wisdom! It is interesting how humans frame this as a "bear problem" when we are the cause.

    Brian
  18. The Dirtbag Diaries just released a simply...

    The Dirtbag Diaries just released a simply beautiful piece on a how one man responded to the closing of Joshua Tree. It is absolutely lovely, and both powerful and thought-provoking.

    For those...
  19. Looking back to my original posting, I did state...

    Looking back to my original posting, I did state that this reminded me of when the WMNF was shut down, and we were explicitly told to stay off. Maybe you didn't know that, but it was in fact the...
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    Thank you, Tom! I remember watching snow...

    Thank you, Tom!

    I remember watching snow boarders one nice winters day jumping off a ramp, gosh, we must have watched for forty-five minutes, and while Tecumseh has been my go-to on rainy days...
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    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1022045962...

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10220459626463032

    And inside,

    'Mt Tecumseh 3997 Ft. 2019'[/QUOTE]

    Unfortunately, the link is not available to me. Does someone happen to have a...
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    So, to summarize, you asked, two people told you...

    So, to summarize, you asked, two people told you not to do this loop if it rains, and you replied something to the extend of, "If I drive up there, I'm going to do it, because I can't drive all that...
  23. That you for having the courage to write this! ...

    That you for having the courage to write this!

    When we do something, it's fine. When they do something, it's awful. It is a helpful reminder to remember that in another person's eyes, the "we"...
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    At least at one point, one of our own was the...

    At least at one point, one of our own was the maintainer. Rocket21, I think he goes by. Jeremy, yes?

    Brian
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    This formula is for calories burned while moving....

    This formula is for calories burned while moving. That is a different thing from calories that go in the mouth, or the calories that go in the mouth that are consumed by the body.

    While a bit...
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