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    Hah! I usually hike alone but on the occasion...

    Hah! I usually hike alone but on the occasion where I am with someone else that invariably happens, usually after they comment on my set up and how convenient it is.
  2. Indeed. Mid-Feb to Apr seems to be "Winter" now...

    Indeed. Mid-Feb to Apr seems to be "Winter" now for the Northeast. Right around the time I start thinking Winter is a no-show and start thinking about Spring all the bomb cyclones begin to stage and...
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    Was the Ragged Mountain design like this:...

    Was the Ragged Mountain design like this: https://40below.com/product/forty-below-insulated-bottle-cover-and-holder-in-1-liter-size/

    I've had a bunch of Hydroflasks and tried Thermos products and...
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    I thought that was odd considering there were...

    I thought that was odd considering there were other places on the trail where he got off to avoid bad weather so he could complete. I believe he waited a day in Pinkham Notch for a weather window...
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    I watched a bunch of his YouTube videos last...

    I watched a bunch of his YouTube videos last night. Pretty damn impressive effort. He appears to have a good head on his shoulders. He bailed on his first attempt at the Franconia Ridge because of...
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    Yah that 11 inches of powder we got in that last...

    Yah that 11 inches of powder we got in that last storm went South pretty fast. Didn't even get a chance to get out in my snowshoes before it turned to a crusty nuisance.
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    Definitely been a tough season to date with lack...

    Definitely been a tough season to date with lack of snow and a lot of extreme weather. I follow a Facebook group about skiing in the Northeast (not for skiing actually but because the moderator is an...
  8. Is there an app for that? :p

    Is there an app for that? :p
  9. If your friend had dropped a dedicated gps unit...

    If your friend had dropped a dedicated gps unit in the brook it likely would have suffered the same fate. I'm not saying the cases guarantee failproof performance. I'm just saying there are rugged...
  10. I didn't take it that way and I wasn't attempting...

    I didn't take it that way and I wasn't attempting to defend his point of view in anyway. He certainly doesn't need me to do that. I think some of his answers were a little touchy because the back and...
  11. Plenty of phone cases out there from LifeProof,...

    Plenty of phone cases out there from LifeProof, Otter and others that are waterproof and pretty hard core from a damage point of view. And most phones now have gorilla glass and other comparable...
  12. This is a great comparison and I agree 100%. I've...

    This is a great comparison and I agree 100%. I've been a laggard moving to the phone for navigation but now that I have changed over my GPS unit has been in a draw. Ease of use is such a huge, huge...
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    Just out of curiosity (zero judgement) what do...

    Just out of curiosity (zero judgement) what do you typically use descending trails like Ammo, the steeps of the Hancocks and similar stuff in Winter? Even in fluffy loose snow I find that I can't...
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    I've been using the Grivel G10's since I started...

    I've been using the Grivel G10's since I started Winter hiking based on recommendations I got here on VFTT. I love them. Easy bindings to use even in gloves and they are pretty reasonably priced...
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    I followed a guy part of the way up Ammo on...

    I followed a guy part of the way up Ammo on Monday (the upper part where it crosses the various sections of ledge in between stretches in the trees) and he had the style of trail crampons that is the...
  16. That lengthy clip taken from above where he is on...

    That lengthy clip taken from above where he is on the edge of a piece of ice and snow, slowly picking his way around for a hold and it is a long, long way straight down was very dramatic. Having no...
  17. This was a cool movie.

    This was a cool movie.
  18. I don't disagree with any of this. I'm just...

    I don't disagree with any of this. I'm just saying that more people is not automatically a safer situation. I think in a lot of cases it makes it more dangerous -peer pressure, hubris, summit fever,...
  19. Excellent. Thanks. I think I read one of his...

    Excellent. Thanks. I think I read one of his books, but not this one.
  20. Yes I remember and love that quote. I can't...

    Yes I remember and love that quote. I can't remember who said it though. If it stays this slow at work today I'm sure I'll be on Google trying to figure it out. Starting to bug me.... :p
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    That is an interesting point I've wondered about....

    That is an interesting point I've wondered about. The spikes are bigger versus micros but the "floating" nature of how they are attached made me wonder if you could loose purchase as your boot flexes...
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    I wouldn't doubt it! I've put on quite a few...

    I wouldn't doubt it! I've put on quite a few pounds this year. I agree on most trails and in most conditions you don't need crampons. When it is icy like right now though I think there are many...
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    Definitely really icy right now. Reminds me of...

    Definitely really icy right now. Reminds me of the Winter 5 or 6 years ago. Haven't been able to get up there much lately but FRI I was able to hit Cannon via Kinsman Ridge Trail. A lot of really...
  24. More people doesn't mean safer. It just means...

    More people doesn't mean safer. It just means more people....
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    Isn't that pretty much the same as putting wands...

    Isn't that pretty much the same as putting wands on a route above tree line? I don't see the problem with this provided you clean up your flagging as you retrace your steps. I take it most people did...
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