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    46826 We have a union, see my Steward with...

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    We have a union, see my Steward with complaints
  2. Just saw the weather radar, snow all over the...

    Just saw the weather radar, snow all over the higher elevations from the Whites into Katahdin. Good call on the trails, I wonder how many got caught in this event and are hunkered down without...
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    Sorry to hear of the dog bite, if not for the...

    Sorry to hear of the dog bite, if not for the wound (which looks painful) and potential complications, but for the uneasy feeling that will present itself in similar circumstances from now on. FWIW,...
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    My point was more directed at Tipi who carries...

    My point was more directed at Tipi who carries perhaps one the heaviest pack known in the backpacking world and would require different sacks separation due to the volume of it. As you point out...
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    An independent insurance agent can probably help...

    An independent insurance agent can probably help find policies that would work, though they may be more pricey than employer sponsored insurance.
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    Bigfoot being eliminated, only one other...

    Bigfoot being eliminated, only one other possibility outside of bobcat, someone playing a Wayne Newton album .....
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    I never said I didn't use stuff sacks at all,...

    I never said I didn't use stuff sacks at all, only that I have stopped using them "by and large", a literary expression meaning "not as much/as many as I used to". I used to keep most everything in...
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    I pack my "dry" gear into the double bags in the...

    I pack my "dry" gear into the double bags in the pack, compress the gear into the pack to conform with the space and reduce loft, then fold and roll up the opening of each bag separately. That...
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    I typically use Hefty trash bags, doubled up. I...

    I typically use Hefty trash bags, doubled up. I place the first bag into the empty pack to receive the second bag of materials I do not want to get wet. It requires some care and attention and...
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    I found stuff sacks did not pack well and left a...

    I found stuff sacks did not pack well and left a lot of unused space in a pack, so I stopped using them by and large. For things that cannot get wet like sleeping gear and dry clothes, I will use...
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    FWIW, I was on Race Mountain and surrounding area...

    FWIW, I was on Race Mountain and surrounding area two weeks ago and again yesterday (10/9/20). Two weeks ago streams in that area of the plateau were dry. Yesterday some of them had some minor flow...
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    A sad ending for what probably started out as a...

    A sad ending for what probably started out as a grand adventure.

    I too at times am concerned with aging and being on trails having various levels of risk that bring that into acute focus....
  13. Probably would be a good idea to check the...

    Probably would be a good idea to check the closures of camping areas by State a month or two before the planned kick off date to be sure camping is allowed.
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    Very gracious of you to do!

    Very gracious of you to do!
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    FWIW, I had similar traction issues with my...

    FWIW, I had similar traction issues with my Merrill Moab hiking shoes. Though they worked ok on what I consider average or general hiking trails overall, damp to wet surfaces seem to challenge their...
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    I don't believe it's stupidity as much as being...

    I don't believe it's stupidity as much as being non-caring. Growing up with the anti-litter campaign of the 60s did a lot for society, providing education starting with children and shaming education...
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    FWIW - latest data from AL is not encouraging for...

    FWIW - latest data from AL is not encouraging for elbow to elbow seating in a church or anywhere for that matter. Roughly a 12% positive test rate makes it iffy if simple cloth masks are doing much,...
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    A few States have closed the AT to overnight...

    A few States have closed the AT to overnight camping this year, which would include the areas around closed USFS and NPS shelters and closed State/ATC managed shelters. It's up to the hiker or group...
  19. Autopsies and related necropsies take a while to...

    Autopsies and related necropsies take a while to conduct. Both the victim and the bear need to be examined, which probably will take upwards of 4-weeks or more once the process starts. To stay inside...
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    Agreed on shoplifting signage, perhaps the better...

    Agreed on shoplifting signage, perhaps the better example would be someone camping on your lawn, arguing since there are no signs prohibiting it and laws of trespass are available via the internet...
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    They are still closed. The AT does not have...

    They are still closed.

    The AT does not have signs at all shelters and privies stating they are closed, similar to stores not having signage at each aisle stating shoplifting is not allowed. The...
  22. Backpacks can qualify as carry-on but may have...

    Backpacks can qualify as carry-on but may have some issues with what's inside them. For example, trekking poles, fuel containers (even empty and dry), knives, tent stakes, and other related gear...
  23. Thread: Trail names

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    Trail names, aka "handles" have been used for...

    Trail names, aka "handles" have been used for centuries. In the American experience we have used them profusely to the point they have become part of our culture; Slim, Stonewall, Buffalo Bill,...
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    Perfect! Failure can be a subjective thing in...

    Perfect!

    Failure can be a subjective thing in many pursuits and likely necessary prior to success. Many people attempt a thru hike, some several times, before they finally make the full trek. I...
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    A call to the local police or Ranger station...

    A call to the local police or Ranger station would probably get you the answers you are looking for, if not a better or more secure place to park.
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