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    Happy Thanksgiving!

    Over the years I have learned much from this group, From gear hacks to trailheads this community never ceases to amaze me in the depth of knowledge and experience that is willingly shared with...
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    A tragic story to be sure, my thoughts go to the...

    A tragic story to be sure, my thoughts go to the family who are grieving the loss.

    Spend enough time hiking alone can make one feel impervious to the effects of nature, to the point we can...
  3. I think you have enough time if you and your...

    I think you have enough time if you and your friend remain healthy, injury free, and make decisions that maximize time on the trail. It goes without saying mental endurance needs to be exceptionally...
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    Like many things, participation in forums like...

    Like many things, participation in forums like this have an ebb and flow. Usually a great deal of participation here as we get close to xmas and the NOBO "start up", gets quiet again around June or...
  5. Thread: Ankle braces

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    It used to be leather high-top boots were about...

    It used to be leather high-top boots were about all one used on trails, but over the past 20 years that landscape has changed. Years ago I got into the habit of tracking all my outdoor excursions,...
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    I am not sure what the question is, where to go...

    I am not sure what the question is, where to go hiking in winter or should gaiters be repaired. So I'll go for both.

    I too have worn gaiters all the time for a number of reasons, chief of them...
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    Not sure if this is helpful or not, but your...

    Not sure if this is helpful or not, but your question is a good one, especially if you are planning a spring distance hike there. As information, the National Forest Service has a closure order for...
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    That would be unbearable....

    That would be unbearable....
  9. Thread: Ankle braces

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    Mid-high boots, some retailers refer to them as...

    Mid-high boots, some retailers refer to them as "mids", have a higher height over/above the ankle than trail shoes or trail runners and lower height over/above the ankle than high-top boots. Their...
  10. Thread: Ankle braces

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    I was having ankle turning issues with trail...

    I was having ankle turning issues with trail shoes despite exercises designed to strengthen the ankle. After seeing a few "sports medicine" doctors over the years (not sure what makes them sports...
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    Though not a daily habit, I wash clothing on long...

    Though not a daily habit, I wash clothing on long treks when conditions are favorable for washing. Though the washing I do is nothing like what I can get from a washing machine, it does tend to keep...
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    I've always thought the plastic tips that come...

    I've always thought the plastic tips that come with some poles were for shipping, protecting luggage from exposed tips, and/or store presentation use, not for outdoor use given the lack of elasticity...
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    Hard to argue they don't have authority as these...

    Hard to argue they don't have authority as these groups have formal agreements or MOU's with the appropriate Federal agencies for purposes of stewardship, which does include enforcement of various...
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    Conversely, I have had an iPhone since the second...

    Conversely, I have had an iPhone since the second year they were available with periodic upgrades as iPhone capability and networks improved. Never had a problem with any of them. I have dropped...
  15. I live an hour or so away and may be able to help...

    I live an hour or so away and may be able to help on those dates, if other options fall through PM me.
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    Determining what winter months/days are hikable...

    Determining what winter months/days are hikable is difficult without more information. For example, how long are the sections being considered, are you camping one or two nights in the section or is...
  17. Thread: Seasons?

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    For me, my favorite time of year is late summer...

    For me, my favorite time of year is late summer (Septemberish) through early spring (Aprilish) for both hiking and camping. Few insects to deal with, weather is a bit more predicable (which can add a...
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    FWIW - I think it really depends on what the...

    FWIW - I think it really depends on what the needs are for these devices. If needed for daily check-ins back home with family that are not too nervous and like to track your progress the InReach or...
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    Like most non-native insects, Spotted Lanternfly...

    Like most non-native insects, Spotted Lanternfly represent a pretty significant risk to trees, shrubs, and gardens. Most states where these insects are found encourage their destruction on site to...
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    Unfortunately the Ten Mile River in CT where the...

    Unfortunately the Ten Mile River in CT where the AT crosses has PCB contamination (a probable human carcinogen which, like lead contamination, cannot be seen, smelled, or tasted in water nor can...
  21. This ^! Backpacking tends to be an...

    This ^!

    Backpacking tends to be an evolutionary endeavor to increase gear effectiveness and reduce weight. Having been in the "out of space" position more than a few times over the years I have...
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    Perhaps to those who state their concerns, share...

    Perhaps to those who state their concerns, share yours of their perishing in a fiery auto accident going to the grocery store which has a far higher statistical probability of occurring than a bear,...
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    Hard to determine what condition these teens are...

    Hard to determine what condition these teens are in to suggest specific loop trails. For example, if they are in decent shape and have their gear dialed in, Mt Greylock area has some great views and...
  24. A larger issue than someone getting hurt and...

    A larger issue than someone getting hurt and needing to be hauled out of the forest is the fire danger, which is high in most areas around the US at this point.

    The only sign that will be useful...
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    I have to say it does feel like there are more...

    I have to say it does feel like there are more insects, especially spiders and their webs in the forests than I recall in previous years, but I think I say that every year. Point of fact remains, in...
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