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    Rottefella Super-Tele bindings have been my...

    Rottefella Super-Tele bindings have been my standard binding for many years for both BC and XC. I recommend them.

    All of my skis (including Tele) use 75mm bindings (up to heavy Tele cable...
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    (no text required, but vBulletin wants some. D.)

    (no text required, but vBulletin wants some. D.)
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    And in the 70s, we would lash a crampon half...

    And in the 70s, we would lash a crampon half (from a crampon with a broken hinge) or an instep crampon to the bottom of our flat bearpaw snowshoes. EMS sold a bolt on version.

    That was back in...
  4. You only use that "feature" on extra-cold days. ...

    You only use that "feature" on extra-cold days.

    Doug
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    I concur. It comes down to the spreading ratio...

    I concur.

    It comes down to the spreading ratio (R, the average number of people infected by 1 infected individual). If it is less than than one, the epidemic will die out, if greater than one the...
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    It sounds like you are seeing the basemap rather...

    It sounds like you are seeing the basemap rather than the topo maps, which are presumably on the SD card.

    SD cards are pretty robust so it may have survived the fall.

    (I don't have a 64, so...
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    Lithium-ion (rechargeable) batteries degrade with...

    Lithium-ion (rechargeable) batteries degrade with both use and time.

    To maximize their lifetime:
    * store in the refrigerator when not in use, ideally at 40% charge.
    * do not charge or discharge...
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    Topo Active maps are 100K scale topos. The 24K...

    Topo Active maps are 100K scale topos. The 24K topos are generally better for hiking.

    I have both 100K and 24K scale maps on my GPSes and generally use the 24K.

    Doug
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    A GPS is often far more accurate than a trail as...

    A GPS is often far more accurate than a trail as drawn on the map, so such a discrepancy is more likely to be a map problem rather than a GPS problem. A far better test is to walk the same trail...
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    Such a call time will result in lots of false...

    Such a call time will result in lots of false call-outs to SAR and is also no guarantee of quick help. One is often back to the TH later than planned and IMO one should allow extra time when setting...
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    Thanks Tim! Keeping a website going is a big...

    Thanks Tim!

    Keeping a website going is a big job.

    Doug
  12. Sounds good. The ability to see the Milky Way...

    Sounds good. The ability to see the Milky Way and other dim features is getting rarer and rarer these days. I was looking up at the sky from a dark spot in Twin Mountain a few years ago and had...
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    Tim, The Johns Hopkins University data...

    Tim,

    The Johns Hopkins University data includes recovery data (as well as diagnosed case and death data). https://github.com/CSSEGISandData/COVID-19/tree/master/csse_covid_19_data

    The data is...
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    I have been downloading and plotting the data...

    I have been downloading and plotting the data pretty much since it began in the US. Most of the sources just enumerate the cumulative diagnosed cases and deaths. Many (if not most) mild cases are...
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    Or they will decide that the lockdown or other...

    Or they will decide that the lockdown or other measures are no longer needed. (And if protective measures are terminated it will most likely explode again...)

    The ~2 week delay between exposure...
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    These data (and a lot more) for MA can be found...

    These data (and a lot more) for MA can be found at https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-response-reporting. Click on the "COVID-19 Dashboard" for today's date. It is updated daily.

    I...
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    I'm sure the wind is a factor. When I am near...

    I'm sure the wind is a factor. When I am near someone outside, I position myself so the wind is blowing at a right angle to the line between us so that our exhalation plumes blow away from both of...
  18. Also in the senior group--tried that and I had to...

    Also in the senior group--tried that and I had to wait in a 40 minute line at my favorite supermarket. On the way home (~8am by now) I scouted out a different supermarket and found no line.

    Maybe...
  19. A hockey mask probably is probably more effective...

    A hockey mask probably is probably more effective at scaring other people than at filtering out the virus. On the other hand, enough people around here are sufficiently familiar with hockey masks...
  20. I would expect that the number of troublemakers...

    I would expect that the number of troublemakers that you will meet is approximately proportional to time spent in the store times the number of customers in the store so 9x10min or 1x90min would...
  21. I can think of logic chains that point either...

    I can think of logic chains that point either way, but I don't have the knowledge or evidence to favor either. (While my reading on the topic may be more technical than that of most (non-medical)...
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    Since it takes ~2 weeks on the average between...

    Since it takes ~2 weeks on the average between infection and diagnosis and the virus can be spread by asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic* individuals this is not a guarantee that Lewis County is free...
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    Many GPSes have an option for "shortest route" or...

    Many GPSes have an option for "shortest route" or "fastest route". Fastest route tends to choose highways, shortest route often chooses dirt roads, cow paths, etc.

    I also check my GPS routes...
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    I expect that they did understand...

    I expect that they did understand this--estimating forces on the gear is an important part of leading. As is dealing with trade-offs from different sources of risk.

    While the reports suggest that...
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    Lowering a climber or catching a falling climber...

    Lowering a climber or catching a falling climber from a bottom belay have the same ratios of forces:

    Both the belayer and the climber are pulling down on the top anchor so the sum of the forces is...
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