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  1. Tom Rankin

    RIP Paradox :(

    I missed the date of John's passing by a few weeks. This past month, Laurie and I had a shot of Lagavulin Single Malt, one of John's favorites, at the summit of South Kinsman. It was 'Flags on the 48' day. And while the occasion was not to celebrate John, (or anyone else for that matter), we did...
  2. Tom Rankin

    Would it happen in NH? S&R tells someone to hunker down for the night

    Listen! I can hear it! It's getting louder! It's the death knell of VFTT. :(
  3. Tom Rankin

    Would it happen in NH? S&R tells someone to hunker down for the night

    Maybe if this happened more often and was publicized, at least a few people would take note and be more prepared, or at least realize that help may not come instantly. Somewhat related, during hurricane Ian, 911 stopped responding to calls, because it was just not safe for the rescuers. There...
  4. Tom Rankin

    Flags on the 48 is 9/11 this year

    I get that. Most of our conversations were pretty upbeat.
  5. Tom Rankin

    Flags on the 48 is 9/11 this year

    Great! We met lots of friendly folks on the trails and at the summit. A little hazy for views but all 48 peaks were covered. Tons of pics on their facebook page.
  6. Tom Rankin

    Total Solar Eclipse - April 8, 2024

    Are you saying some place is taking reservations that far out?
  7. Tom Rankin

    Extremely slow forum load ?

    yyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeesssssssssssssssssssss
  8. Tom Rankin

    Mt Cabot Fatal

    FWIW, she was a fairly recent 46R. And FWIW again, I was not calling anyone out. I was just stating 1 fact that I thought was relevant to the discussion.
  9. Tom Rankin

    Total Solar Eclipse - April 8, 2024

    Shhh, don't mention that! :D
  10. Tom Rankin

    Mt Cabot Fatal

    I'll just say that this was not an inexperienced person.
  11. Tom Rankin

    Flags on the 48 is 9/11 this year

    I guess I'll pack them, thanks!
  12. Tom Rankin

    Total Solar Eclipse - April 8, 2024

    And we've been discussing this before... https://www.vftt.org/forums/showthread.php?59381-Start-planning-2024-Eclipse-path-runs-over-Katahdin&highlight=eclipse
  13. Tom Rankin

    Total Solar Eclipse - April 8, 2024

    Just a caution, parking in a field in April might not work well...
  14. Tom Rankin

    Flags on the 48 is 9/11 this year

    It's been a while since I've been on S Kinsman. Is it worth bringing binoculars to try to see other flags?
  15. Tom Rankin

    Franconia brook trl/13 falls/twin brook trail region beta request

    Also, if you don't have it out and ready at all times, you might as well not bring it. Like Sierra, we've spent many years hiking all over the NE. We've never had a negative encounter with bears, and never brought bear spray.
  16. Tom Rankin

    Flags on the 48 is 9/11 this year

    Just a reminder that Flags is coming up soon. Last I looked, they still had plenty of room to sign up, especially the Tripyramids. If anyone is going to be on the Kinsmans, we might see you there. Never forget!
  17. Tom Rankin

    Tower repairs on Carrigain

    Here's what Hey, what's that? has to 'say' about the views.
  18. Tom Rankin

    Lidar Article with comments about the AMC 4K list

    From the original Catskill 3500 Club bylaws: 1. There must be at least a 250 foot drop between the peak and any other peak on the list, or 2. The peak must be at least 1/2 mile away from any other peak on the list. The 'or' is problematic. The '250' is as well. If you take just '1', you have...
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