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    As a note, a forum member, "Just Bill", was...

    As a note, a forum member, "Just Bill", was making quilts through a business I believe called Town's End. I don't know if he is still involved with this enterprise but I haven't run across anyone who...
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    This is really a great question, "Why am I...

    This is really a great question, "Why am I willing to take the risk". I think this is more of an experience issue, which I don't believe thinking about risk/consequendes takes much time if one has a...
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    Snowshoeing in southern New England has become...

    Snowshoeing in southern New England has become pretty rare over the past few years given climatic changes. <sigh>. I was hoping November weather was an indication we would have what I would call a...
  4. You would prefer they did not hold that concern...

    You would prefer they did not hold that concern during construction and the integrity of the pedestrian bridge in long term? Responsible entities keep that consideration high in this type of...
  5. Yeah, it probably has nothing to do with...

    Yeah, it probably has nothing to do with transportation safety, environmental issues resulting from derailments in the future, and public health.
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    I am constantly amazed at the performance cotton...

    I am constantly amazed at the performance cotton balls with vaseline deliver. I've not seen anything better or less expensive.
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    Speaking of songs related to this activity,...

    Speaking of songs related to this activity, Treeline (Bristlecone Music) may be of interest to listen to.
  8. Thread: Hiking the AT

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    How many miles do/can you walk in a day now?...

    How many miles do/can you walk in a day now? Discount that by about 30% for pack weight and you may be close. Otherwise, time yourself on a trail having a few steep sections over a three day period...
  9. What is likely to happen here is the footbridge...

    What is likely to happen here is the footbridge will be last on the list. First up will be a study of the structural integrity of the bridge, stone/concrete supports, and track elements. Then repairs...
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    1. Read through a few guide books and select the...

    1. Read through a few guide books and select the features you find in them that you like and what improvements you think would be good and use them as guidelines for yours.

    2. Showing mileage and...
  11. Thread: Lunches

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    One of the first things I learned from Colin...

    One of the first things I learned from Colin Fletcher (The Hikers Bible) - take your boots and socks off when taking a break. I follow this pretty routinely and find it a refreshing habit unless...
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    Zombies, a new perennial threat on New York...

    Zombies, a new perennial threat on New York trails apparently, which makes a good case to avoid them. If backpacking numbers were falling off, there would be a similar effect in the retail and...
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    To the OP: "Eventually" to a doctor can mean a...

    To the OP:

    "Eventually" to a doctor can mean a lot of things. I had a similar diagnosis in 2007 and opted for arthroscopic surgery to repair the torn meniscus at the time, with the threat of a...
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    The "smartphone" made its US market appearance in...

    The "smartphone" made its US market appearance in 1992, though the term smartphone didn't come into common use until the mid-90s. Since portable phones have come into play they are one of the modern...
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    Not to pick a nit here, however the adult...

    Not to pick a nit here, however the adult black-legged tick (aka deer tick) is still active at 35-degrees but starts to slow its activity at that point. At about this temperature ticks typically...
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    Were that the case, the numbers shown by the ATC...

    Were that the case, the numbers shown by the ATC would not have pretty much doubled every decade since the 1980's.
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    The issue of physicians providing prophylactic...

    The issue of physicians providing prophylactic prescription to someone not demonstrating symptoms is problematic due to several factors. I have had three GPs over the past decade, none of whom would...
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    Agreed with most of what has been said here. You...

    Agreed with most of what has been said here. You shouldn't need a lot of pre-hike conditioning outside of hiking steep slopes that treadmills or stair master gym equipment cannot duplicate. Though I...
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    Agreed with this, it's always a good idea to...

    Agreed with this, it's always a good idea to carry a shelter during a long distance trek, regardless of where you are or what shelter reservations have been made. It's hard to tell when shelters will...
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    This! Take your spreadsheet, jam all that...

    This!

    Take your spreadsheet, jam all that stuff into a pack and go out for three days of a moving backpacking trip that requires at least 2 (3 or more would be better) camp set up/break downs and...
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    One can say everything is biodegradable, even...

    One can say everything is biodegradable, even mountains eventually break down given enough time. Biodegradable is a term that does not have many standards and is loosely used by manufacturers...
  22. That's pretty fast to make any kind of official...

    That's pretty fast to make any kind of official determination of accident cause and track/bridge/abutment integrity.

    A lot of things work "in theory", unfortunately reality is much different. In...
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    Probably the better question would be, "Besides...

    Probably the better question would be, "Besides walking, what hasn't changed on the AT since the 1970's?"
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    Though it does not look like a lot of damage in photos and video snippets, in the engineering world ANY damage in the approach or in the span over a river like this is quite serious. I have seen...
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