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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...
  4. 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...
  7. 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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    There is no improved water site at that shelter....

    There is no improved water site at that shelter. Unfortunately, the current drought conditions (Level 1 mild to Level 2 significant) are not all that conducive to flowing water at high elevations or...
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    Yep, glasses for me as well for all the reasons...

    Yep, glasses for me as well for all the reasons above, including positive eye protection from dust, branch whip, insects, etc.
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    Extraordinary claims require extraordinary...

    Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.
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    Drought in New England

    As an awareness issue:

    The lack of rain along the AT Corridor in the Northeastern US has led to Abnormally Dry (D0) to Moderate Drought (D1) conditions from western Connecticut through Maine. Long...
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    MA does not allow dispersed camping on the AT, so...

    MA does not allow dispersed camping on the AT, so there aren't any camping areas between Rt 20 and the October Mountain Shelter (approximately 7 miles and change from Rt 20). There are a few water...
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    The "All Trails" app should have that and other...

    The "All Trails" app should have that and other trails in the area, which can also be used to track your progress during the hike.
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    You can refresh the durable water repellent (DWR)...

    You can refresh the durable water repellent (DWR) on most rain gear pretty easily if it is wetting out. Google DWR renewal and a host of sites pop up with products and methods for this. I have done...
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    Might not be a bad idea to call the local police...

    Might not be a bad idea to call the local police to get information about parking and criminal behavior. They may have information the Inn does not have which could be beneficial.
  17. Still the most dangerous small mountain in the world

    Hiker succumbs to hypothermia on Mt. Washington: https://www.cnn.com/2022/06/20/us/hiker-rescue-mount-washington-new-hampshire/index.html

    With weather and trail conditions that can change...
  18. Probably because most people perusing this forum...

    Probably because most people perusing this forum would prefer to look at backpacking videos as opposed to unrelated work videos featuring hours of C&C machines being programmed to cut metal, but...
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    Hitchhiking is legal in 44 states, including TN...

    Hitchhiking is legal in 44 states, including TN and NC, which would apply to hitching rides in GSMNP. There are some rules for it that are simple in nature, pedestrians cannot loiter, stand in the...
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    As a thought... Like many of us do, have...

    As a thought...

    Like many of us do, have assumed for years I would be the one calling/going for help in an emergency situation. After hearing a police officer at an accident scene state he wished...
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    I'm sure there will be many recipes for a number...

    I'm sure there will be many recipes for a number of different types, size, age, and physical conditions of dog across the spectrum of trail buddies. Sorting out anecdotal information to determine...
  22. Black Bear Bites Camper in Harriman State Park NY

    A young camper in Harriman SP was bitten by a black bear during a midnight snack hunt....

    https://abc7ny.com/bear-attack-cooperstown-harriman-state-park-camping/11885251/
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    OP said it was approximately 185 lbs on a 6' 1"...

    OP said it was approximately 185 lbs on a 6' 1" frame.
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    Just tossing in an idea here, what is the...

    Just tossing in an idea here, what is the condition/age of the footgear worn? I have found over the years different brands and types of footwear can cause problems as they wear down that can be...
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    If it was a shriek or screaming kind of noise...

    If it was a shriek or screaming kind of noise like someone in trouble, it could have been an owl. Barn owls, Barking owls, Screech owls, and Great Horned owls can make some loud and nearly human-like...
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