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    Black flies, mosquitos, high water crossings,...

    Black flies, mosquitos, high water crossings, mud, often very rainy in early June.

    Though with changing weather patterns, impossible to say for sure what June will be like anymore. Winters are...
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    Shouldn't matter what day. Not many people want...

    Shouldn't matter what day. Not many people want to be in Maine in June.
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    Poking through a pile of trail magic garbage just...

    Poking through a pile of trail magic garbage just in case something was missed, the hiker I was with picked up a Pringles can and said "hey, I think there's something in here!"

    Turns out it...
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    Why wait until September? You could do some...

    Why wait until September? You could do some overnight weekend trips or three day weekends if you can arrange a Friday or Monday off. Plenty of trails and places to camp in the National Forest which...
  5. I blow up my pad tight, then lay down on it and...

    I blow up my pad tight, then lay down on it and let just enough air out so my hips sink in a little bit. But even that little bit can make a difference when the ground is cold. So, I carry a piece of...
  6. I don't know, but 5 days with the shortest amount...

    I don't know, but 5 days with the shortest amount of daylight possible is cutting it close. There's bound to be at least one bad weather day, probably two as it can overlap, in any 5 day slice of...
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    There isn't any. Any where you end up in 2 weeks...

    There isn't any. Any where you end up in 2 weeks (likely Caratunk if you make good time) is a very long and expensive shuttle to Portland. Assuming you can find anyone willing to do the shuttle....
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    You just proved it's best to just stay home for...

    You just proved it's best to just stay home for now.
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    Wool mittens and waterproof mitten shells have...

    Wool mittens and waterproof mitten shells have always worked for me down to sub zero temps. Then if it gets really cold, handwarmer packets.
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    Yep, the number of day hikers was insane in the...

    Yep, the number of day hikers was insane in the Whites this summer and fall. On a Saturday and often on a Sunday, every trailhead for a 4,000 footer had cars spilled out of the parking lots for up to...
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    All the food I've seen left in shelters is there...

    All the food I've seen left in shelters is there since no one would want to eat the stuff in the first place. If you can't find someone to take your excess food then and there, carry it home.
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    Traveling to the trail is the most dangerous part...

    Traveling to the trail is the most dangerous part of the trip. I still wouldn't feel comfortable with a long train or bus ride. I always seem to pick up something along the way as it is and it always...
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    The "book" says there are tent sites near the...

    The "book" says there are tent sites near the hut. Water down a steep trail. I seem to remember going down there for water and wished I hadn't had to. I'd read the comments on the Alltrails...
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    350 sounds about right for that style shoe. It...

    350 sounds about right for that style shoe. It depends a lot on what kind of tread you've been hiking on. Packed dirt or lots of rocks?
  15. I'd go with the 10 day plan. It's *only* 120...

    I'd go with the 10 day plan. It's *only* 120 miles, but their harder then you might think. The main ridge does a jog to the west between those two towns. In between there's a lot of up and down and...
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    The top down method works well, especially if the...

    The top down method works well, especially if the ground is wet.

    In the Northeast, some White Birch bark (the kind that comes off the tree in big sheets) and a splash of alcohol does the trick...
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    There is a sub-group activity in the Ham radio...

    There is a sub-group activity in the Ham radio community (of which there are many sub-groups) called SOTA [Summit On The Air]. The idea is to carry a ham radio to the top of a mountain and see how...
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    If you mean "Ham Radio" then there is no...

    If you mean "Ham Radio" then there is no comparison. Garmin Inreach is a satellite based communications (text), GPS navigation system and emergency help calling device. Ham Radio is a hobby, which...
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    I think it would be mostly a matter of which...

    I think it would be mostly a matter of which hostels will be open and who is still doing shuttles. Motels, stores and restaurants aren't going anywhere. Hope we don't lose many hostels. They make the...
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    It doesn't look good from what I can find on the...

    It doesn't look good from what I can find on the internet cell coverage maps. I believe the maximum distance to a cell tower is 20 miles for a number of technical reasons. Your pretty much always...
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    That's true of any filter. Water freezing in the...

    That's true of any filter. Water freezing in the membrane is not a good thing.
  22. Lots of unemployment and people being kicked out...

    Lots of unemployment and people being kicked out of their homes due to the pandemic/recession. The last time I ran into a lot of homeless/vagrant people on the trail was for a couple of years...
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    While I was out there, some tourist opened their...

    While I was out there, some tourist opened their car door and their little poodle ran out and jumped into a hot spring. Hot dog for lunch.
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    I should have checked this product out, it looks...

    I should have checked this product out, it looks like a good way to go.
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    My hiking friend uses a chemical handwarmer in...

    My hiking friend uses a chemical handwarmer in her mittens. But she doesn't use poles for the most part. But if you put it over the top of your hand, it would probably work. Having a mitten with an...
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