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  1. There are no legal campsites above treeline...

    There are no legal campsites above treeline between Washington and Eisenhower. The only legal camping option is 1 mile and 1000 feet down Jewell Trail where there are spots in the woods not far past...
  2. I have seen the impact of GPS tracks on off trail...

    I have seen the impact of GPS tracks on off trail hiking in the whites. Many of the GPS aps automatically report tracks generated to "the mothership" post hike which is used to develop marked routes...
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    Jello Instant pudding was my standard evening...

    Jello Instant pudding was my standard evening post hike sugar buzz. Lots of varieties.
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    We used to do blueberry corn muffins up at the...

    We used to do blueberry corn muffins up at the backcountry campsites at Baxter State Park with blueberries we picked. The muffin mixes we used had powdered eggs mixed in but they normally needed...
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    Never used the powdered eggs except for mixes...

    Never used the powdered eggs except for mixes when I occasionally carried a backpacking oven. I did use Nido powdered milk on several trips, its a definite improvement over regular powdered milk...
  6. Chemical contamination of water supplies is very...

    Chemical contamination of water supplies is very rarely an immediate problem, its far more of a cumulative thing. Much of Maine and NH waters may look pristine but there are fish consumption...
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    Unfortunately the hiker business from Monson...

    Unfortunately the hiker business from Monson could not save this McDonalds

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E3B5THXF6Vs
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    Last thing I knew KIW has a gate and fee has to...

    Last thing I knew KIW has a gate and fee has to be paid to use the road network. This link may should be helpful https://www.northmainewoods.org/ki-jo-mary/kijocheckpoints.html

    There are...
  9. The weather conditions were a surprise to many...

    The weather conditions were a surprise to many this weekend. The local weather forecasts were for 80 degrees and sunny with slight chance of late evening showers in northern NH. The actual weather...
  10. I did it on 95 degree day with not a cloud in the...

    I did it on 95 degree day with not a cloud in the sky, it was a hot one. We refilled in Boiling Springs and at the ATC barn. By the time we made the Darlington shelter I was cooked.
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    Like many states there is no good support system...

    Like many states there is no good support system for mentally challenged folks. VT like many states basically closed any institutions and send folks out on their own. Unless they get violent, not...
  12. In many of the northeastern states, there are...

    In many of the northeastern states, there are recreational liability waiver laws in place. If a landowner does not post their land, the general public cannot sue if they are injured on the property....
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    I met a thru hiker in VA one year that claimed to...

    I met a thru hiker in VA one year that claimed to be just living on whatever she found in hiker boxes.
  14. It's an issue in the Northeast, lots of hikers...

    It's an issue in the Northeast, lots of hikers are working on fairly obscure lists of lower elevation summits on private posted property.
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    Many years ago a friend met a thruhiker who...

    Many years ago a friend met a thruhiker who bought cases of mountain house dehydrated beef stew. The hiker was on a tight budget and did not have a choice but to eat it for all his meals.
  16. The area of Katahdin north of the Saddle is a far...

    The area of Katahdin north of the Saddle is a far different experience than the popular area of the mountain. Hamlin Ridge would be an attraction worth driving to if it was a separate destination. It...
  17. There is usually a reliable spring called the...

    There is usually a reliable spring called the Saddle Spring not that far away from the upper junction of the Saddle trail and the Hamlin Ridge trail. The standard dayhike loop from Chimney Pond was...
  18. Maine finally started cracking down on Catalytic...

    Maine finally started cracking down on Catalytic theft. https://www.maine.gov/sos/news/2022/Newlawtopreventcatalyticconvertertheftineffectnextmonth.html Its way too easy for sleazebags to grab a cat...
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    That has been my experience, people leave...

    That has been my experience, people leave leftover food in there along with trash and inevitably water gets inside and it starts to rot. Add in insects and they can be pretty gross.
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    The problem with bear boxes at campsites is folks...

    The problem with bear boxes at campsites is folks use them for trash receptacles. They get real ugly unless someone is maintaining them.
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    Cans need to be certain diameter to withstand the...

    Cans need to be certain diameter to withstand the crushing action of a bears jaws. The bigger the diameter the thinner the material. If you have ever seen the videos of the bear testing cannisters,...
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    I do have issues with post hike legs cramps both...

    I do have issues with post hike legs cramps both winter and summer and Nuun is about the only thing that keeps me from cramping up post hike. Salty snacks may be fine for some folks but rarely any...
  23. When I broke my ankle last fall, I definitely...

    When I broke my ankle last fall, I definitely wanted every spare piece of warm clothing I had. I expect I was in shock and no matter what I put on I was just not staying warm. I was about to get my...
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    My guess is at some point some smart packmaker...

    My guess is at some point some smart packmaker will build packs designed for cannisters. I envision a internal sleeve with an outside zippered flap, so that the cannister can be accessed without...
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    NH was in drought conditions last year as well as...

    NH was in drought conditions last year as well as much of western Maine where the AT goes through.
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