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  1. Excellent point. FWIW, I seldom see families...

    Excellent point.

    FWIW, I seldom see families with kids at the AMC tent sites. Not sure if money is the big driver on that, but it could play a factor.

    I believe all front country camping...
  2. I am confused by the timeline. The killer was...

    I am confused by the timeline.

    The killer was found competent to stand for a trial last summer. The trial date was set for this past January, but was then rescheduled for July.

    This latest...
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    Then why can you camp in NH?

    Then why can you camp in NH?
  4. That’s how much time the killer from Pearisburg,...

    That’s how much time the killer from Pearisburg, VA served for killing two thru hikers.
  5. Thanks for the research! I have never hiked...

    Thanks for the research!

    I have never hiked the MSG, but just mailed away for the guidebook and map on Monday.

    That said, I have hiked Monandnock many scores of times.

    FWIW, the *very*...
  6. H It is uncommon — rare even. But not so...

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    It is uncommon — rare even.

    But not so very rare that we can ignore it when making our choices.

    Like whether or not the major inconvenience of pressing assault charges really matters.
  7. Perhaps those alleged victims’ decision not to...

    Perhaps those alleged victims’ decision not to press charges was driven by the near universal (but false) belief that murder is so uncommon on the AT, their failing to press charges would not present...
  8. Warden’s Watch Podcast: Kate Matrosova and much more

    Excellent podcast series from a retired NH Fish and Game Lt.

    Among their many responsibilities NHF&G leads search and rescue along the AT (and beyond) in NH.

    https://wardenswatch.com/
  9. My unscientific conclusion after attending a few...

    My unscientific conclusion after attending a few ALDHA gatherings is that “thinness” is not a problem among thru hiker alumni.
  10. Thread: hang tag 2021

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    One good thing that could come out of this would...

    One good thing that could come out of this would be if the ATC stopped recognizing any individual hikers for good.

    They could sell certificates “suitable for framing”, of course.

    My...
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    Oh how I miss the good old days. Three pages...

    Oh how I miss the good old days.

    Three pages used to be just a warm up.

    And missing the anticipation of seeing Jack Tarlin weigh in to a thread like this.

    Good memories there.
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    From my perspective the issue is who gets to...

    From my perspective the issue is who gets to decide the risk that one’s fellow hotel guests must tolerate.

    Best practices, common policies (and perhaps the law) say those other hotel guests should...
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    You could be right that a sober thru hiker is...

    You could be right that a sober thru hiker is highly unlikely to start a fire with their camp stove.

    That said, so long as motel policy or law is in place, other guests have (IMHO) an absolute...
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    In Massachusetts it’s been camping at only...

    In Massachusetts it’s been camping at only designated sites and shelters for years.

    The governor lifted regulations imposed on travelers from out of state (recommendations remain in place), but...
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    The link in th article addresses many questions. ...

    The link in th article addresses many questions. It must be difficult for any organization to balance all the many issues Covid has presented.

    Of particular note is that water will be available...
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    Last week our governor’s travel order was...

    Last week our governor’s travel order was replaced with a travel advisory.

    Not sure what this means exactly.

    https://www.mass.gov/alerts/travel-order-notice
  17. Thread: Riddle time

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    I call them a poor substitute for the traditional...

    I call them a poor substitute for the traditional vector.
  18. Thread: hang tag 2021

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    This really deserved its own thread ... I want...

    This really deserved its own thread ...

    I want one that references my erstwhile southbound status — but I am not brave enough to mention the one thought that came to mind.
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    Not experienced as a carnivore, perhaps? A big...

    Not experienced as a carnivore, perhaps?

    A big cat would have gone for the windpipe, rather than the back of the neck. Not having the overwhelming mass of a grizzly, the that bear needed better...
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    Govee Thermometers

    FWIW

    I have been using these all winter in covered areas outside my house as well as the version with digital readout and have found them to be accurate. Not waterproof though.

    Basically a...
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    Interesting. The falls are definitely worth...

    Interesting.

    The falls are definitely worth the very short blue blaze if you are thru hiking.

    Coming down that blue blaze from the other direction can make for a scary crossing. Just throw...
  22. Thread: Northern Lights

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    That was from a tweet that just came — so I...

    That was from a tweet that just came — so I assume it was last night or this morning.
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    I very much encourage wilderness camping in the...

    I very much encourage wilderness camping in the White Mountains for those capable of not getting lost. This may be beyond the capabilities of some.

    Because of terrain, it can also be difficult...
  24. Thread: Northern Lights

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    Northern Lights

    I have seen the Northern Lights at Baxter, but never from the Trail.

    Anyone luckier than me?

    Here is a screen shot of a tweet from Mount Washington Observatory.


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    As a south bounder one challenge is camping...

    As a south bounder one challenge is camping restrictions around Pinkham Notch, especially since that is a place that could well mark a logical daily end point.

    At the PN road crossing you find the...
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