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    Has anybody had any issues with drones flying overhead while trying to enjoy the peace & quiet of a summit? My wife and I were on top of Middle Sugarloaf yesterday and were the only ones there for a short while. The view was beautiful and it was nice to have it to ourselves. My wife went off to the woods to do her "business" when, suddenly this noise that I thought was a distant chainsaw got louder and I realized then it was a drone flying overhead, actually spying on my wife. Even after that, it hovered over the area for several minutes, ruining the serenity we were seeking and invading our privacy. As other hikers joined us on the mountain top it remained in the area. Eventually it left. I would love to know of a device that could deactivate the thing in mid air, sending it crashing to the ground. There was nothing we could do because we couldn't stop it and had no idea who had the controls. I hope this doesn't become an issue as we continue to hike this summer.

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    The WMNF bans the use of drones. Thus its an illegal act. Unfortunately, you as a citizen are not allowed to interfere with a drone unless you want to do an illegal act. Feel free to complain to the WMNF but expect its an annoyance that is going to be an increasing.

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    I was on Cabot Saturday and someone told me there was a drone over the cabin, but I didn't see or hear it (I didn't drop down that far, I came in from the north). Yesterday on Tremont a couple I talked to said someone was flying a drone on Osceola the day before.

    Yeah, I really hope this isn't going to be more of a thing.
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    Drones (much like the dogs mentioned in another post) are almost totally under the control and responsibility of their owner/operator. At least dogs belong in a peaceful outdoor setting. These drones seem to be ever creeping into the tranquil and quiet places that we, as hikers, seek out for quiet relaxation and recreation. Now it seems that technology, once again, will be invading these natural places.

    It is my opinion that if you feel threatened, harassed, endangered, or that your privacy has been grossly violated by a drone, you can take whatever steps necessary to defend yourself and your family. I also believe you can hold the operator completely responsible, even if considerable time has passed. Perhaps as more people stand up to drones and protect themselves, we may see drone owners less likely to operate them in ways that infringe on the natural rights of others.

    I had a recent situation were I was buzzed and harassed repeatedly by a drone. I attempted to down the drone and made my way towards it's operator to... However both fled the area quickly (one crash landed!). It should also be mentioned that two bald eagles were nesting and flying in the area at the time. I understand that certain of my attempted actions could be considered "illegal" or "criminal", but the real crime is the way some drone operators violate the personal space and safety of others.


    Be sure to check your local laws before taking vigilante actions against drones/drone operators!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chachie View Post
    Drones (much like the dogs mentioned in another post) are almost totally under the control and responsibility of their owner/operator. At least dogs belong in a peaceful outdoor setting. These drones seem to be ever creeping into the tranquil and quiet places that we, as hikers, seek out for quiet relaxation and recreation. Now it seems that technology, once again, will be invading these natural places.

    It is my opinion that if you feel threatened, harassed, endangered, or that your privacy has been grossly violated by a drone, you can take whatever steps necessary to defend yourself and your family. I also believe you can hold the operator completely responsible, even if considerable time has passed. Perhaps as more people stand up to drones and protect themselves, we may see drone owners less likely to operate them in ways that infringe on the natural rights of others.

    I had a recent situation were I was buzzed and harassed repeatedly by a drone. I attempted to down the drone and made my way towards it's operator to... However both fled the area quickly (one crash landed!). It should also be mentioned that two bald eagles were nesting and flying in the area at the time. I understand that certain of my attempted actions could be considered "illegal" or "criminal", but the real crime is the way some drone operators violate the personal space and safety of others.


    Be sure to check your local laws before taking vigilante actions against drones/drone operators!!
    Whoa - just because you feel threatened it doesn't mean you can take whatever steps you feel are necessary to not feel threatened. When two people with this mindset run into each other there tends to be needless and dangerous escalation. What if those drone operators had a gun and felt threatened by your actions? Try talking to the operator first at least, and take the time to understand what they are doing and express how it's impacting you. Open hostility is a bad strategy for conflict resolution.
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    Around 1230 PM yesterday May 28 I was eating my lunch at the fire tower atop Mt. Cardigan. A party of about 10 teenage boys and a few adults arrived. One of the boys carried what looked like a white suitcase. When they all settled in one place for lunch he launched a drone from it. He flew it all around the tower, hovered it far overhead, sent it out away from the summit and then back, where he hovered it and plucked it from the sky with one hand.

    The high-pitched whine was quite annoying (worsened my tinnitus) and there were about 50 people on the summit. if the drone had crashed, there could have been serious injuries. All that for a few minutes' video; is it worth the risk?

    Likely these incidents will continue until someone gets hurt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peakbagger View Post
    The WMNF bans the use of drones. Thus its an illegal act. Unfortunately, you as a citizen are not allowed to interfere with a drone unless you want to do an illegal act. Feel free to complain to the WMNF but expect its an annoyance that is going to be an increasing.
    Do you have any links to support this ban. Just doing a quick search I only found this info which is rather dated and does not concur with what you have stated. http://nhpr.org/post/granite-geek-he...doors#stream/0
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    Quote Originally Posted by skiguy View Post
    Do you have any links to support this ban. Just doing a quick search I only found this info which is rather dated and does not concur with what you have stated. http://nhpr.org/post/granite-geek-he...doors#stream/0
    It was my understanding, that drones are not allowed in National Parks, but they are allowed in National Forest, (except Wilderness areas). If this is in fact the case, personally, I hope they ban them soon in NF. I find them to be very annoying and intrusive to anyone around them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greenpoint View Post
    Has anybody had any issues with drones flying overhead while trying to enjoy the peace & quiet of a summit? My wife and I were on top of Middle Sugarloaf yesterday and were the only ones there for a short while. The view was beautiful and it was nice to have it to ourselves. My wife went off to the woods to do her "business" when, suddenly this noise that I thought was a distant chainsaw got louder and I realized then it was a drone flying overhead, actually spying on my wife. Even after that, it hovered over the area for several minutes, ruining the serenity we were seeking and invading our privacy. As other hikers joined us on the mountain top it remained in the area. Eventually it left. I would love to know of a device that could deactivate the thing in mid air, sending it crashing to the ground. There was nothing we could do because we couldn't stop it and had no idea who had the controls. I hope this doesn't become an issue as we continue to hike this summer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TJsName View Post
    Whoa - just because you feel threatened it doesn't mean you can take whatever steps you feel are necessary to not feel threatened. When two people with this mindset run into each other there tends to be needless and dangerous escalation. What if those drone operators had a gun and felt threatened by your actions? Try talking to the operator first at least, and take the time to understand what they are doing and express how it's impacting you. Open hostility is a bad strategy for conflict resolution.
    Might be true but I would personally smash the thing into a thousand pieces if I could get my hands on it and figure out the legality of what I did after. Super freaking annoying. It's an invasion of personal privacy. I think it's a reasonable expectation to be in the middle of the freakin' woods and not be getting captured on film.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DayTrip View Post
    Might be true but I would personally smash the thing into a thousand pieces if I could get my hands on it and figure out the legality of what I did after. Super freaking annoying. It's an invasion of personal privacy. I think it's a reasonable expectation to be in the middle of the freakin' woods and not be getting captured on film.
    You shouldn't walk into the woods with that expectation. I can walk around with my camera all day and if I take a picture of you, tough beans for you. I would however have the courtesy to not annoy the heck out of you. If you do see a camera pointed at you. Do something cool.

    I wouldn't care for the buzzing of a drone while I'm enjoying a summit beer though. I would attempt to find the operator and annoy them equally. The ball is in their court after that.

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    According to the following sources, drones cannot fly above the AT corridor and cannot take off from, land in, or be operated from designated wilderness areas. They can fly over designated wilderness areas and the rest of the WMNF (except, of course, the AT).
    http://nhpr.org/post/granite-geek-he...great-outdoors
    http://www.unionleader.com/article/2...WS07/141219541
    https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE...prd3845678.pdf
    https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/hmnf/...d=FSEPRD491278
    https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/nfsnc...d=FSEPRD522693

    See also:
    http://www.vftt.org/forums/showthrea...392-Drone-base

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    I stand corrected, I was sure I remembered a FS supervisors order, must have mixed it up with the National Park order that applies to the AT.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DayTrip View Post
    Might be true but I would personally smash the thing into a thousand pieces if I could get my hands on it and figure out the legality of what I did after. Super freaking annoying. It's an invasion of personal privacy. I think it's a reasonable expectation to be in the middle of the freakin' woods and not be getting captured on film.
    It is not a reasonable expectation to assume privacy in a public space. I feel as though the Google Street view outtakes should be a good reminder of that.

    Also, you are probably being captured digitally (not on film). I don't know if hipsters are into drones yet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TJsName View Post

    Also, you are probably be captured digitally. I don't know if hipsters are into drones yet.
    This needs to be re written/ edited . I'm not exactly sure what you mean here. I'm sure it's a small typo but it makes no sense as is.

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