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  1. DougPaul

    Any folks heading down to Lexington Saturday?

    I was hoping to go, but hadn't heard whether it was on or not. Judging by your note, I guess it is. Hope to see you there. Doug
  2. DougPaul

    Glen Ellis Scenic Area Closure

    Which is how I did it. Up ART, (add in a detour to Monroe), a bit of the Crawford Path, then the Camel Trail over to the Davis Path and back. A nice dayhike. Besides, the drive from the Boston area was shorter than approaching via Rte 16... Doug
  3. DougPaul

    Grinnell Glacier Trail - August 13, 2023

    Nice report--brought back some memories: The year after the attacks my family and I hiked the Highline Trail out to Granite Park Chalet and stayed at the Chalet. Watched grizzlies raid the trash dump* that night. Summited Swiftcurrent Mountain the next day and exited via Swiftcurrent Pass...
  4. DougPaul

    Gunsight Pass Trail, Glacier NP - August 11, 2023

    Thanks--enjoyed the TR and video. A relative used to work in the park and we visited every other year until I graduated from high school. My parents were day hikers and we hiked a number of the trails. Doug
  5. DougPaul

    Tops of boots above ankles wearing out

    Barge cement used to be available in small squeeze tubes (like toothpaste tubes) if you only need a small amount. Don't know if they are still available. Doug
  6. DougPaul

    Another Tick Disease Is Here

    There are about 7 tick-borne diseases here in the NE. Since all except for Lyme* can be transmitted immediately, protection requires preventing the bite. (eg Permethrin on clothing, insect repellent, and/or clothing without gaps for entry) * Lyme has a ~24hr delay before transmission. Doug
  7. DougPaul

    Sleeping Out Tonight?

    I find that keeping my feet and lower legs warm and stretching my calves and toe flexors before retiring help me to prevent night-time leg and toe cramps. I do two calf stretches: 1) the standard wall pushup (ankle dorsiflexion with a straight knee, stretches the gastrocnemius muscle) and 2)...
  8. DougPaul

    Another Falling Waters Loop Fatality

    Group dynamics can increase the risk. All too often, no individual is willing to be the spoiler (or chicken) suggesting the group should turn back. Doug
  9. DougPaul

    General Mountaineering Ice Axe vs An Actual Ice Axe

    These days people seem to have forgotten step cutting--it can be very helpful for dealing with short steep sections. A general mountaineering axe is a better tool for this than a short climbing axe/tool. (The technique for breaking out a step is different from the technique for setting a pick...
  10. DougPaul

    Winter Guyline Tensioning Systems

    I use a trucker's hitch knot. (The small loop can be made from a variety of loop knots.) Easy to tie under tension, easy to release. Also good for tying canoes and kayaks to cars. Doug
  11. DougPaul

    Personal Locator Beacon Battery Life ?

    PLBs use lithium primary (non-rechargeable) batteries which have a nominal shelf life of 10 years. (Batteries carried by hikers go through temperature swings and ranges that can potentially shorten the shelf life.) IIRC, the regs require PLB batteries to be replaced every 5 years by a...
  12. DougPaul

    North Twin Trail??

    In 2018, one could avoid the stream crossings by: * turn left at the first crossing and bushwack parallel to the stream. * turn right on the snowmobile trail * cross 2 bridges and turn left * bushwack parallel to the stream until you return to the trail There are stream crossing both above and...
  13. DougPaul

    Mt. Isolation Advice

    I also did Isolation via this route. A bit long, but the Camel Trail was very nice. (Also included Monroe--after all, it was hardly off-route...) Doug
  14. DougPaul

    Picaridin Eye Irritation

    I also use the lotion form of both DEET and Picaridin. If only spray is available, I spray it onto my hand, then transfer it to its intended location. DEET (and likely also Picaridin) tastes terrible, so wash your hands before touching food... Doug
  15. DougPaul

    Picaridin Eye Irritation

    DEET in one's eyes is also very irritating. (I have had the misfortune of being ~50 ft downwind of someone using a DEET spray...) My theory is that since DEET is an oily organic solvent it's less likely than Picaridin to be washed into one's eyes by sweat. IMO, DEET lasts longer when...
  16. DougPaul

    White Mountains on 1776 New England Map

    The key factor in the moon illusion is the location of the moon in the sky--it appears larger when it is close to the horizon than when it is high in the sky. It's a perceptual illusion rather than being caused by the lens FL. Doug
  17. DougPaul

    Winter Hiking Season over before it started.

    Sorry to hear about your accident (a little late, but hopefully better late than never). As you know, I pulled a similar stunt a number of years ago... (Broken hip, distal femur, and wrist, all stabilized with metal.) I had my hip screws removed--they weren't causing any trouble but I was...
  18. DougPaul

    New Trail opened to Swede Mountain Fire Tower

    Thanks for the heads-up. Swede Mountain was an old family favorite. My father and I were disappointed when we went to hike it (?? years ago) and found the trail to have been closed. Doug
  19. DougPaul

    Smartphones put hikers in danger. What a surprise

    Sodium (chloride = table salt) is the primary electrolyte in electrolyte drinks. Some salt at dinner (along with water) is often helpful in restoring one's hydration level. Doug
  20. DougPaul

    Smoke over the whites from Canadian Fires

    It's bad over most of the country right now. Not good for breathing if the smoke reaches the ground (and bad to devastating to astrophotography...) smoke map: air quality: Doug