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    Yep, we got some rain last night. Not as much as...

    Yep, we got some rain last night. Not as much as closer to the coast, but when the mountains funnel it all into one place, it adds up. Here's what our tame little Moose Brook looked like this...
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    Yep, looks like he fell off the knife edge....

    Yep, looks like he fell off the knife edge. That's about the only place along there were you can fall down a 30 foot embankment and his last picture is at the start of that section. Crossing it in...
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    Not unusual.

    Not unusual.
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    Hopefully he didn't fall off the knife edge....

    Hopefully he didn't fall off the knife edge. That's where I'd start looking.
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    There can't be many left now, their running out...

    There can't be many left now, their running out of time. The extended mild fall weather has been a help for sure. If that # includes HMW section "thru" hikers, then it sounds like numbers are down a...
  6. Their open until October 30th, then close for the...

    Their open until October 30th, then close for the season.
  7. That's good to know. I often have half a day to...

    That's good to know. I often have half a day to waste in DC.
  8. It will be dark or getting dark when you arrive....

    It will be dark or getting dark when you arrive. The climb out of the river valley is fairly steep and rocky. If there are a lot of leaves on the ground, it might be a little tricky keeping track of...
  9. I'm not sure the ATC would want to be responsible...

    I'm not sure the ATC would want to be responsible for holding your luggage for a week anyway. Your going to want to stay at one of the hostels for the night. I'd check them.
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    The other problem is as the boots age, the...

    The other problem is as the boots age, the stitching starts to get loose and starts to leak. The waterproofing is generally an inner layer and depending on how it's attached and were it's stitched...
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    If the manufacture of the pack doesn't offer one,...

    If the manufacture of the pack doesn't offer one, then it's unlikely you'll find a premade option. You'd have to figure out how to DIY. Because of the roll down top design of most of those packs,...
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    Or buy the guide book.

    Or buy the guide book.
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    Go read the trail journals of people who started...

    Go read the trail journals of people who started in early Feb and note how quickly they disappear. Starting that early can result in very slow progress due to bad weather and short hours of daylight....
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    Hire a shuttle. Details in the guide. Since...

    Hire a shuttle. Details in the guide.

    Since March 1st is one the most popular days to start, book your shuttle well in advance and be sure to cancel if plans change. Chances are you'll be part of...
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    There is nothing to know. Climb over a hill, do...

    There is nothing to know. Climb over a hill, do some road walking to cross the brige, climb up Bear mountain.

    If you want more info buy Guthooks.
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    Read the reviews.

    Read the reviews.
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    The summits did get a frosting last night. 28 at...

    The summits did get a frosting last night. 28 at my house this morning. Fatial accident on the highway near-by at 3 AM (head on between a semi and SUV) which really messed up the heavy leaf peeper...
  18. Thread: Fall colors

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    Nothing in Mass is very hard, I just remember...

    Nothing in Mass is very hard, I just remember that section to be a bit rougher then normal for Mass. The first 2 miles is swamp, then you got a series of good climbs to get out of the valley. Since...
  19. Thread: Fall colors

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    Colors should be okay in Mass and might be...

    Colors should be okay in Mass and might be heading towards peak in a week or so.

    There should be parking near Kellogg rd bridge, but might need GPS to find it. That's actually a bit of a rough...
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    Looks like we are at peak color in the northern...

    Looks like we are at peak color in the northern Presidentals. I made it out of the woods this afternoon just before the rain started. Looks like the summits will definately be white when the clouds...
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    1-3" of snow predicted for the summit of...

    1-3" of snow predicted for the summit of Washington Thursday night/Friday morning! Wind chills in the single digits.
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    Okay, it looks like last night's suprise thunder...

    Okay, it looks like last night's suprise thunder and lightning storm didn't take down too many leaves, but they are starting to thin out. Tomorrow, Sat and Sun looks like the best bet for the...
  23. Yea, there is overhead. TP, soap, pancake mix,...

    Yea, there is overhead. TP, soap, pancake mix, internet and lots and lots of hot water. If the town charges for water/sewage usage, that could add up too. Don't forget credit card fees.

    For the...
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    It's a good idea to carry something like...

    It's a good idea to carry something like Benadryl, that will help a lot if you get stung. I haven't been stung in many years, don't know how I'd react. One of our volunteer trail crew guys got nailed...
  25. 319K. Lets guess a 7 month season with an average...

    319K. Lets guess a 7 month season with an average 50% occupancy rate. I think they have 10 bunks at $30 a night. That would be about a 32K a year income.

    With 20% down and a 30 year mortgage,...
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