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    At present, the Lodge will not be opening until...

    At present, the Lodge will not be opening until July--like everything else, this is subject to change...

    I know it's difficult as so many of our favorite places are struggling. If anyone is...
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    https://www.appalachiantrail.org/home/explore-the-...

    https://www.appalachiantrail.org/home/explore-the-trail/thru-hiking/camping

    Lots of good info for first time AT hikers here. Scroll to bottom of the page for a summary of AT camping regulations....
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    Bascom Lodge, 2020 Schedule

    An update from the operators of Bascom Lodge on the summit of Mt Greylock regarding their 2020 season. They plan to open on May 23rd (weather permitting). They will be closed Tuesdays, although...
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    App is already updated. Also send into to AWOL...

    App is already updated. Also send into to AWOL and the Companion
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    Marylin (the Cookie Lady) will be relocating to...

    Marylin (the Cookie Lady) will be relocating to Indiana to live with her family. We will miss her nearly half-century of support of AT hikers of all kinds. She was a part of the Trail here in Mass....
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    Nicely said, Traveller. Generally, managers...

    Nicely said, Traveller.

    Generally, managers consider things a success when about 80% of visitors follow a regulation. There is also an art in starting a conversation that will have a reasonable...
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    https://www.wherearethehikers.com/about/ Cosmo

    https://www.wherearethehikers.com/about/

    Cosmo
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    We should be talking about protecting the bears. ...

    We should be talking about protecting the bears. The one raiding Goddard Shelter in VT was shot after it could no longer be frightened away. No suitable trees in the area to hang from (not unusual...
  9. Thread: Kay Wood Lean-to

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    A Dalton AT Community member, Margaret Cahill has...

    A Dalton AT Community member, Margaret Cahill has completed a half hour video biography of Kay, focusing mostly on her contribution to the Trail. She was quite a remarkable person. At our...
  10. Thread: Specs for hangs

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    Thanks for the replies, folks. Never would have...

    Thanks for the replies, folks. Never would have thought of putting the posts that far apart, so we'll work for a 13-14ft separation. I was thinking that a horizontal timber between the posts would...
  11. Thread: Specs for hangs

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    Specs for hangs

    The AT Community folks in Cheshire Mass are developing an overnight site in town for AT hikers. They are thinking of including some posts that would work for hammocks. They would like to know the...
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    The border thatís signed...

    The border thatís signed in Mass is the stream through the ravine, the actual border is a couple of tenths south near the Paradise Lane junction. We developed that distinction with the CT...
  13. Thread: Fall colors

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    Park at the Lake Buel Rd AT parking area and hike...

    Park at the Lake Buel Rd AT parking area and hike south to Tom Leonard. Expect some other campers as weather will be pretty nice on Sat.

    If hiking North, closest official parking is near Shays’...
  14. Thread: Goddard Shelter

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    "Problem Bear" at Goddard no longer a problem. ...

    "Problem Bear" at Goddard no longer a problem. They killed the bear.

    https://www.benningtonbanner.com/stories/bear-killedby-wardenson-long-trail,579435?

    Most likely, this bear was habituated...
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    Yes,it's open for use. Not a lot of capacity, so...

    Yes,it's open for use. Not a lot of capacity, so short distance hikers (2-5 days or so) should use parking at other trailheads. I can help folks find those options, just PM me. Most of the regular...
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    Here is the formal notice about the service for...

    Here is the formal notice about the service for Roy.
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    I received a note from Marcia (Roy and Marilyn's...

    I received a note from Marcia (Roy and Marilyn's daughter) that the family is having a Celebration of Life for Roy at the Becket Chapel, just down the road from the blueberry farm, on sunday July 7th...
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    Wilcox North Shelter--Bear (Mass)

    Reports from hikers this week of an aggressive bear at North Wilcox shelter. Hikers we're cooking food at picnic table when bear came into camp. They could not frighten it off. Bear pawed its way...
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    Spring 2019 Snow Conditions on Long Trail

    Still plenty of snow in the Greens this year: https://www.greenmountainclub.org/2019-hiking-season-is-here-but/. Also posted on the LT Page.

    Cosmo
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    Spring 2019 Snow Conditions on Long Trail

    Still plenty of snow in the Greens this year: https://www.greenmountainclub.org/2019-hiking-season-is-here-but/

    Cosmo
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    As far a privies are concerned, paper towels will...

    As far a privies are concerned, paper towels will do fine in a mouldering type of privy. These are characterized by a slatted crib underneath and a bucket of forest duff or bag of wood shavings in...
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    Cabin opens May 18th. You will see other campers...

    Cabin opens May 18th. You will see other campers at both places, more if the weather is decent.

    Cosmo
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    We just end up having to pull the wipes out of...

    We just end up having to pull the wipes out of the composted privy product before spreading it out in the woods. The only thing in the privy should be stuff that’s been in your mouth first and TP.
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    I heard from Marilyn's daughter today. She says...

    I heard from Marilyn's daughter today. She says her mom will likely continue to host hikers this season, and would welcome any assistance hikers can provide on blueberry farm projects.

    Cosmo
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    Roy Wiley, Marilyn's husband passed away last...

    Roy Wiley, Marilyn's husband passed away last week. Here's a link to the obituary. Not yet sure if the family will be able to welcome hikers this season. I'll be happy to pass on more info when I...
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