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    HMG is expensive but US manufactured lightweight...

    HMG is expensive but US manufactured lightweight equipment

    I think GoLite was a US design but it was offshored. Offshoring can get the cost down but for a small company that is unable to do...
  2. Long before Percival Baxter bought his first lot,...

    Long before Percival Baxter bought his first lot, there were trails up Katahdin and one of the first routes was from the East from the East Branch. It eventually climbed the ridge that Helon Taylor...
  3. Unless it got built in the last year, there is no...

    Unless it got built in the last year, there is no connector trail by design and intent of BSP. The unofficial one has been closed and is being re-vegetated as of a few years ago. There was some talk...
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    One of the whites specific rules anytime of the...

    One of the whites specific rules anytime of the year is if northbound on the AT in the whites, if in doubt escape to your left. From Moosilauke to Gorham, its pretty consistent that going right...
  5. One big caveat is the time of the year you are...

    One big caveat is the time of the year you are planning. The Northern Long Trail holds snow and mud and bugs a couple of weeks later than the southern section. Jay Peak a very short distance from the...
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    Yes it is an issue, that an Boston and the...

    Yes it is an issue, that an Boston and the colleges are 2 hours south in a different weather zone. Folks plan a daytrip and rationalize that if it gets bad they can always turn around but on certain...
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    It can be brutal up in the whites. There is an...

    It can be brutal up in the whites. There is an infamous spot in the whites on Haystack the south end to the open Franconia Ridge that thousands walk by in summer that has killed or severely injured...
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    This is not a straight forward thread thus some...

    This is not a straight forward thread thus some divergence is generally acceptable. I happen to disagree with the approach that rookies should be able to depend on shelters as a substitute for...
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    When I stayed there when it was fairly new, the...

    When I stayed there when it was fairly new, the outhouse had a holding tank with no way to get rid of liquids. so it was pretty ripe. A PATC maintainer told us that at the time Maryland did not allow...
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    It always amazed me seeing thru hikers hiking...

    It always amazed me seeing thru hikers hiking along with earbuds in the ears. One day we were heading across a long line in puncheons in area flooded by beavers in Maine and we were coming on up...
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    Thanks for the link. Yes there are idiots out...

    Thanks for the link. Yes there are idiots out there.
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    Is there a link missing?

    Is there a link missing?
  13. I did a day hike one winters day up Washington...

    I did a day hike one winters day up Washington via Ammo trail over to Jefferson and back down Jewell. I didnt realize I had left my crampons home until leaving Lake of the Clouds. I had my Hillsounds...
  14. IMHO is the best of bunch are Hillsound trail...

    IMHO is the best of bunch are Hillsound trail crampons. https://hillsound.com/collections/crampons/products/trail-crampon They offer several models including an almost identical version of the...
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    Using a rainy day in PA scenario where we left...

    Using a rainy day in PA scenario where we left the shelter in the AM and it immediately started pouring and continued pouring for 4 hours, good luck on starting a fire unless undercover. Even if I...
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    The problem is that you really cant digest food...

    The problem is that you really cant digest food on the run, about all you can do is absorb simple sugars and then you need to balance out the equation of fuel in versus energy out. Cold and damp just...
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    To extend the glycogen discussion, as someone...

    To extend the glycogen discussion, as someone with hypothermia descends trough the finals stages of hypothermia, their gut shuts down, by this time the hiker is long past the point of being able to...
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    I can not do a direct link but this page has a...

    I can not do a direct link but this page has a link to a the pdf of the very confusing backcountry camping document. https://www.fs.usda.gov/activity/whitemountain/recreation/camping-cabins its about...
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    I go through this on a frequent basis. WMNF has...

    I go through this on a frequent basis. WMNF has very confusing backcountry guidelines and regulations. They either deliberately or unintentionally confuse the two. Leave no Trace is a guideline, but...
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    Great, looks like you have a plan together. One...

    Great, looks like you have a plan together. One caveat is Webster Cliff is not stealth friendly until you get to the top of the cliffs. Once you are up there you can find plenty of spots near the...
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    I generally recommend to both parties that this...

    I generally recommend to both parties that this type of arrangement be done via PM. Plans change and the two parties need to keep in touch. The driver is making a commitment for some point in the...
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    I guess I lost my edit privledges so need to...

    I guess I lost my edit privledges so need to reup, If you stay at Pinkham you catch the AMC shuttle at Pinkham not Gorham.
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    Assuming Covid restrictions are not in place...

    Assuming Covid restrictions are not in place this summer (AMC did not run the shuttle last summer at all), take the same Concord Trails bus headed to Gorham but get off at Pinkham Notch and book a...
  24. I ran into an older hiker who had done the AT and...

    I ran into an older hiker who had done the AT and PCT in sections. He typically went out in September. He was an accountant and September was his least busy month. So he took the month off and went...
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    In some cases to get the fit for my wide feet I...

    In some cases to get the fit for my wide feet I have to go one size up and then I need to glue a tapered foam pad the the inside of the tongue. This helps keep my foot back in the heel space. Its not...
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