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    The Wiley shelter in NY has a bear box, at least...

    The Wiley shelter in NY has a bear box, at least it did the last time i was there a couple years ago.
  2. Thread: Seasons?

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    Winter all the way for me. No bugs or snakes,...

    Winter all the way for me. No bugs or snakes, much less chance of bear encounters, less people on the trails, and everything looks prettier covered in snow. I generally only do day hikes anymore, so...
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    Agreed, I'm content to do my hiking in the...

    Agreed, I'm content to do my hiking in the cooler/cold months. Besides, summer is for catching waves at the beach!
  4. Congrats Kristian! A spectacular effort,...

    Congrats Kristian!
    A spectacular effort, something to be proud of.

    I couldn't imagine doing this in my dreams, much less for real.
  5. Thread: Hiking shoes

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    I meant to add that when this winter rolls around...

    I meant to add that when this winter rolls around i will be looking for something new for hiking in the snow.
  6. Thread: Hiking shoes

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    I have a pair of the olde version of the Lone...

    I have a pair of the olde version of the Lone Peak Hiker, they were called Lone Peak Mid RSM. Worked well and kept my feet dry as long as i wasn't hiking through deep snow or in a downpour.

    I...
  7. I'm very sorry to hear of your situation. I'm...

    I'm very sorry to hear of your situation.

    I'm only familiar with Harriman State Park in NY and some NJ trails, and none of them are flat with a wow factor, but i hope you get to spend as much time...
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    That dog needs to be put down, if it hasn't been...

    That dog needs to be put down, if it hasn't been already. I also hope the hiker sues the owner and wins.
  9. I had seen that the shelter was temporarily...

    I had seen that the shelter was temporarily closed, but i didn't realize that the bear had been captured. I wonder if it is open again, not that i would stay there- bear issues aside, it's way too...
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    I also noticed that the woman was killed back in...

    I also noticed that the woman was killed back in November, and wonder why it took them 6 months to come to the decision to detour the trail.
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    I agree with this, and your post reminded me that...

    I agree with this, and your post reminded me that it's just as dangerous on the other side of the park where the AT crosses 17. Two-way traffic, and even less of a view in one direction than at the...
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    Yes, the only times i've ever used it have been...

    Yes, the only times i've ever used it have been mid-morning or early afternoon, so there was very light traffic. I imagine trying to cross during rush hour would be a nightmare.



    Agreed. That...
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    A.T. Detour In Harriman State Park, NY

    The trail has been detoured so it does not cross the Palisades Parkway. Please see this link whcih has details, and map showing the detour:

    https://www.nynjtc.org/trail-alerts/AT-PIPDetour

    Kind...
  14. Very sad, and preventable. As mentioned, this is...

    Very sad, and preventable.
    As mentioned, this is not a unique incident for that location, unfortunately.
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    Testing out your gear near home is a valuable way...

    Testing out your gear near home is a valuable way to help you figure what you really need to bring and what is unnecessary.
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    Now that's an untapped market- battery powered...

    Now that's an untapped market- battery powered fake rattlesnake with realistic rattling tail...
  17. All the best to you as your journey begins. My...

    All the best to you as your journey begins.

    My only advice: do whatever it takes to make it as enjoyable as possible.
  18. I have the Kahtoola microspikes and have had them...

    I have the Kahtoola microspikes and have had them for about 5 years or so.
    I have used them for trail running(with waterproof Altra Lone Peaks), but did not like running with them.
    For hiking, they...
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    The bridge is back open for foot traffic and...

    The bridge is back open for foot traffic and bicycles as of 8-16-21.
    Which is a good thing, as that detour looked annoying, plus I wouldn't want anyone to be deprived of the experience of hiking the...
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    Update- both shelters are open again.

    Update- both shelters are open again.
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    This has been my observation as well. I've...

    This has been my observation as well. I've watched ticks start crawling on my permethrin-treated pants or gaiters and they seem to become "paralyzed" quickly and then fall off.
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    Fingerboard and Bald Rocks shelters/camping areas...

    Fingerboard and Bald Rocks shelters/camping areas in Harriman are both currently closed due to bear activity. I haven't been in that area in a while, so I don't know how strictly this is being...
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    In the tent, inside a plastic bag, down by my...

    In the tent, inside a plastic bag, down by my feet.
    Since most of my camping now is done in snowy cold conditions, I probably don't need to, but old habits die hard...
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    This is the best info I've found about black...

    This is the best info I've found about black bears:

    https://bear.org/bear-facts/black-bears/bears-and-humans/

    My only encounter that wasn't a bear running away was with the infamous problem...
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    I've used Lone Peaks since the first version and...

    I've used Lone Peaks since the first version and the toe bumper issue is constant.
    Now when I get a new pair, I put epoxy on the seam to hold the bumper in place before I start using the shoe. Works...
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