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    I carry a Couglans in my pack from spring until...

    I carry a Couglans in my pack from spring until mid summer, I rarely use it but on rare occasions it has been a sanity saver. They do not weigh much or take up much space. Unfortunately that means...
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    Study after study has shown that 100% deet is...

    Study after study has shown that 100% deet is overkill. Peak effectiveness is around 30% anything more than that and its just more side effects (like melted plastic and no benefits). if you want...
  3. There are not a lot of options for camping just...

    There are not a lot of options for camping just outside the boundary of the sites with caretakers. That is why they have caretakers as the terrain in not very friendly for camping and they are in...
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    You may be confused. Camp Dodge is down the road...

    You may be confused. Camp Dodge is down the road just north of 19 mile brook trailhead across from the Great Gulf parking lot. It is the non public volunteer and camp support base for AMC operations...
  5. AMC Campsites in the Whites are increasing their fees to $15 a night

    https://www.reddit.com/r/AppalachianTrail/comments/n0inn1/amc_campsite_fee_increase_for_2021/

    Given the big increase in hikers the privies are usually overflowing before the caretakers even show...
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    Unless the rules have changed this year as day...

    Unless the rules have changed this year as day hiker in the park entering the gate you do not need a permit to climb any trail in BSP. The rangers can close the trails for safety reasons. The AT...
  7. FYI, RMCs cabins (they have two of them, gray...

    FYI, RMCs cabins (they have two of them, gray knob and Crag camp) were closed due to Covid last year and they have not announced if an how they will run the huts this year.
  8. FYI You can not practically or legally drop down...

    FYI You can not practically or legally drop down off the ridgeline on all side Trails.

    https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5363715.pdf

    Generally when going from South to...
  9. If we are opening that can of worms, genetics and...

    If we are opening that can of worms, genetics and epigenetics is a big factor in lifespan. A person can be the paragon of health with perfect diet and if they have the wrong genes they are still...
  10. One observation I made during sectioning is that...

    One observation I made during sectioning is that many of the resupply points in hiker towns tend to be Save A Lot/Family Dollar type stores located in low rent down towns. Just out on the outskirts...
  11. The first continuous triple crowner who heard...

    The first continuous triple crowner who heard that it was impossible to do a triple crown in a continuous hikes (versus jumping around like Flying Brian and Anish) and went ahead and did it anyhow...
  12. I used the ziplock bag approach with a heavy duty...

    I used the ziplock bag approach with a heavy duty garbage bag for my sleeping bag with pack cover. Everything in the pack is in zip lock bags so the pack may get wet but the contents do not. It helps...
  13. Interesting. The only way I could get the sites...

    Interesting. The only way I could get the sites to load is to enter the date. The screen was blank until I clicked on show unavailable sites and then the sites popped up. I then un clicked...
  14. Looks to me like the reservations system is down....

    Looks to me like the reservations system is down. It defaults to winter camping. The summer reservations are set up for four months in advance so you should be able to book one. On the other hand BSP...
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    MATCs annual meeting was this weekend. My guess...

    MATCs annual meeting was this weekend. My guess is they are coming up with policy. Remember BSP is its own entity that makes its own rules.
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    The Tumbledown rescue group were from New Jersey

    The Tumbledown rescue group were from New Jersey
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    Maine does not get the volume of hikers that NH...

    Maine does not get the volume of hikers that NH does. The WMNF is practically a city park for the greater Boston area and southern NH. So fewer rescues in Maine.

    The woods are bare down low on...
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    Pure speculation due to Covid, my guess is...

    Pure speculation due to Covid, my guess is walk-ins will not be allowed. That said you may be able to just call up on your cell and make a last minute reservation. In past years the huts tried to...
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    AMC Huts in NH are open this Summer

    Well AMC is rolling the dice that Covid will be diminished enough to open the huts albeit with special rules. The do not mention the impact on capacity
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    Back years ago, travelers checks where an...

    Back years ago, travelers checks where an important backup. I found a few I had a couple years ago and went to cash them out. The teller had to get the branch manager to explain what she had to do...
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    We were driving down to NH to southern VA to GA.

    We were driving down to NH to southern VA to GA.
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    Some comments as I did this with a friend over a...

    Some comments as I did this with a friend over a couple of years. We did 4 to 5 day backpacks for 5 weeks one year but in later years we did slacking with two cars and then transitioned to key...
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    Permethrin is a contact insecticide. Its does not...

    Permethrin is a contact insecticide. Its does not repel ticks until they are in contact with the product. It would great if it could be applied directly to the skin but it breaks down. DEET on the...
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    My guess is any black bear is opportunistic. ;)

    My guess is any black bear is opportunistic. ;)
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    Black Bear Versus Wild Hog

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zbfE_VVs1Bw

    Folks forget that the local Black Bears can be bad a**. Years ago (2003) we ran into one of the paid hog hunters in the park. He mentioned that at one...
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