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    Yes you pay a double penalty for every pound of...

    Yes you pay a double penalty for every pound of body fat you carry. The gear is bigger and heavier. I find that as a section hiker I would go out for week and inevitably tweak my gear and reduce the...
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    Many rental shops sell off their inventory at the...

    Many rental shops sell off their inventory at the end of the season for cheap. They usually set the rates so the gear is paid for (at their cost) if it gets rented out a couple of times. I used to...
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    Honeyville https://honeyville.com/. Buy a vacuum...

    Honeyville https://honeyville.com/. Buy a vacuum sealer and some oxygen absorber packs and repackage. I use them to thicken up soups to keep my inventory turned over.

    They have sales on six #10...
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    Been a long time but I think you had to drop off...

    Been a long time but I think you had to drop off the ridge line to get down to it. Its special due to where its located but to someone like myself who lives in the whites its nothing special.
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    Maps are only as good as the database they had...

    Maps are only as good as the database they had when the map was made. Many of the rural USGS maps were last updated in the late 1980s. Occasionally individual USGS maps are updated but usually in...
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    I have been in that area a lot this year as I am...

    I have been in that area a lot this year as I am hanging around with Redliners who are running out of the close by hikes and now need the ones in Maine. There is some nice hiking in the area, but the...
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    IMO, I have software that has all the USGS maps...

    IMO, I have software that has all the USGS maps for my region, great for planning but I have tried printing maps with several printers and to date have not found any printer that matches the...
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    FYI your call but a dragonfly is large and heavy...

    FYI your call but a dragonfly is large and heavy for a solo 3 season hiker. Even nosier than a whisperlight. Far better for groups or winter. FYI, a whsperlight can summer it just requires a few...
  9. Snow Forecast in the Whites today (9/8)

    The summit forecast for Mt Washington today has about a 1" of snow in it. Looks like a cooler than normal week for folks trying to make it Katahdin.
  10. Snow in the forecast for Washington on Sunday

    Snow in the forecast for Washington on Sunday
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    My section hiking training regime was make sure...

    My section hiking training regime was make sure my footware was broken in (far more important for boots than for trail runners) and then I would walk everyday at lunch with a day pack on that I...
  12. Looks like a nice stretch of weather after today...

    Looks like a nice stretch of weather after today (assuming a hurricane doesn't drift west).
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    I have been using New Balance trail runners for...

    I have been using New Balance trail runners for 25 years after my Limmers had to be abandoned when they came back narrower after a resole (not the first person to have that happen). I have been using...
  14. FYI, as they say in Maine, "you cant get there...

    FYI, as they say in Maine, "you cant get there from here". Caratunk is decidedly remote. Its a long shuttle ride to and from anywhere especially an airport of bus station. The closest bus station is...
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    And the members of the LDS church as they need to...

    And the members of the LDS church as they need to have 1 years stock of food. https://www.learnreligions.com/food-storage-why-what-how-2159413

    Great deals on bulk dehydrated food of late, preppers...
  16. Bowton (T1R4 BKP WKR) an unorganized township is...

    Bowton (T1R4 BKP WKR) an unorganized township is to the west and Caratunk is to the east

    045d 13' 42.55" 069d57' 48.15"
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    Here are the regs...

    Here are the regs https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5363715.pdf and specific regs for the Cutler River drainage...
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    Merino is great stuff but it is prone to self...

    Merino is great stuff but it is prone to self destruction and expensive. Synthetics just about last forever but merino is slowly going to get snagged and then hole will start. I apply some glue to...
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    In order for there to be ride share services...

    In order for there to be ride share services there has to be a viable market. There isnt one in the whites in general as there isnt enough demand so the drivers eat the return trips. There could be...
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    AMC took down the sign for guests only at...

    AMC took down the sign for guests only at Highland Center but there is parking at the old railroad station.
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    Having never visited the place I could speculate that getting a building up to life safety code in order to have insurance is usually a killer to run a hostel as a business. Without running it as a...
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    IMHO, northbound is a bit easier as the stretch...

    IMHO, northbound is a bit easier as the stretch from Hogan road to the base of Mt Success is "easier" than the second stretch. Nice way to build up your trail legs a bit as long as your resist the...
  23. Its been 15 years but I thought Cherokee was...

    Its been 15 years but I thought Cherokee was quite a nice town for resupply. Sure there is a Casino in town and at the time some vestiges of tourist trap type attractions on the main drag heading...
  24. I switched to one of these...

    I switched to one of these https://www.rei.com/product/891011/sol-escape-lite-bivy. They are more durable and more importantly breathable. The cheap mylar blankets dont breathe and if your gear isnt...
  25. Wind is always a possibility and frequently its...

    Wind is always a possibility and frequently its coming a front going by which means wet. The standard recommendation which has a lot of validity is have enough gear to cover all you skin with wind...
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