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    Winter - Enjoy what is left of it

    I was out on gravel road today, looking like mud season has started.
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    NHPR on the fir wave phenomenon

    I assume the new location is a reference to folks moving up from Connecticut to Bethlehem? ;)
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    Another Unprepared Hiker Rescue

    The gelling issues were mentioned in one of the articles as a limiting factor by the cog crew on how long they coud stop. Diesel equipment can be designed to run reliably at very cold temps, adjusting the fuel is the easy method but there are design improvements with the fuel system that can...
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    Winter - Enjoy what is left of it

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/winter-over-possibly-going-feel-093023746.html Looks like this weekend may be the last real winter conditions in the whites due to high winds. Temp trends from various sources call for warm and early spring. While on a quick hike up Jackson Thursday, the streams were...
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    Another Unprepared Hiker Rescue

    Other reports indicated that the Cog had concerns with Diesel fuel gelling when they dropped off the rescuers. The photos shown earlier in this thread of the rescue team in front of a cog engine with the snowblower mounted in front is definitely a diesel. My guess is poor research on the...
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    Another Unprepared Hiker Rescue

    And now Outside Magazine weighs in https://www.outsideonline.com/outdoor-adventure/exploration-survival/mount-washington-rescue-report/ One guided ascent of Mt Washington apparently makes them expert on things Mt Washington
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    Mr Pizza in Gorham is Closing (Now Reopened under new owners)

    It looks like they are open, the sign for private functions and takeout is still up. Given the trend to an early end of snowmobile season, my guess is "mud season" will start early and that is going hurt the local tourist trade. The only bright spot is a potential bump around April 7th, 8th and...
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    Another Unprepared Hiker Rescue

    More details from the hiker and rescue crew https://www.yahoo.com/news/hiker-describes-11-hour-ordeal-013916365.html One observation is his decision to skip the ambulance may not have been that irrational. When I broke my ankle, that quick trip from Wildcat to Berlin was close to $1,000...
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    Another Unprepared Hiker Rescue

    I think the key in that statement is "the crew may" the Obs crew has no legal obligation to assist, they can voluntarily, but do not have to...
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    Another Unprepared Hiker Rescue

    If you look around on the web, Hugh Herr has a TED talk where he describes the accident and his remorse.
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    Another Unprepared Hiker Rescue

    Someone with a longer term perspective on the summit than I once commented that the one thing that is not taken into account with rescues at the summit is the OBS staff used to be more actively involved with rescues to a much higher extent that they are today. In the Guy Gosselin era, the OBS...
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    Another Unprepared Hiker Rescue

    I guess I will wait until if it becomes a real project to worry about it, plenty of parties keeping their powder dry until then. To date, there has been no filings with the Coos County Planning Board or Zoning Board of Appeals which are both required. The Cog was advised previously that they...
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    A couple of other rescues - Far less dramatic

    I seem to. remember several VFTT folks getting broken/bruised tailbones from sledding
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    A couple of other rescues - Far less dramatic

    Welch Mountain - Lower Leg injury, properly equipped https://nhfishgame.com/2024/02/20/injured-hiker-on-welch-dickey-trail-in-waterville-valley/ Avalon - Sledding lower leg injury https://nhfishgame.com/2024/02/20/hiker-rescued-off-mt-avalon/ Trails are kind of icy without a lot of cushioning...
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    Pickett Mountain Mine in Maine

    Probably the biggest mess in the region is in Eden VT. https://response.epa.gov/site/site_profile.aspx?site_id=8889 The Long Trail runs immediately adjacent but upwind of the site. Belvidere Mtn has a fire tower, its rather nice hike from RT 118. Years ago when I was looking for a large rural...
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    Another Unprepared Hiker Rescue

    The Cog routinely runs trains and snowblow's the tracks as needed to Waumbek Station at 4000 foot elevation for tourists during the winter. Not sure how long they have had the snowblower, but I believe it factored in on their track replacement a few years ago, they were equipped to run trains up...
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    Pickett Mountain Mine in Maine

    And a Maine superfund site at an former copper mine https://cumulis.epa.gov/supercpad/SiteProfiles/index.cfm?fuseaction=second.Cleanup&id=0101028#bkground
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    Another Unprepared Hiker Rescue

    One of the rare occasions where the LOC refuge room was actually used as intended.
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    Another Unprepared Hiker Rescue

    WMUR had a report that an unprepared hypothermic hiker was rescued on Mt Washington from the Westside trail (near the summit) on Saturday.
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