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  1. Warden’s Watch Podcast: Kate Matrosova and much more

    Excellent podcast series from a retired NH Fish and Game Lt.

    Among their many responsibilities NHF&G leads search and rescue along the AT (and beyond) in NH.

    https://wardenswatch.com/
  2. My unscientific conclusion after attending a few...

    My unscientific conclusion after attending a few ALDHA gatherings is that “thinness” is not a problem among thru hiker alumni.
  3. Thread: hang tag 2021

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    One good thing that could come out of this would...

    One good thing that could come out of this would be if the ATC stopped recognizing any individual hikers for good.

    They could sell certificates “suitable for framing”, of course.

    My...
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    Oh how I miss the good old days. Three pages...

    Oh how I miss the good old days.

    Three pages used to be just a warm up.

    And missing the anticipation of seeing Jack Tarlin weigh in to a thread like this.

    Good memories there.
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    From my perspective the issue is who gets to...

    From my perspective the issue is who gets to decide the risk that one’s fellow hotel guests must tolerate.

    Best practices, common policies (and perhaps the law) say those other hotel guests should...
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    You could be right that a sober thru hiker is...

    You could be right that a sober thru hiker is highly unlikely to start a fire with their camp stove.

    That said, so long as motel policy or law is in place, other guests have (IMHO) an absolute...
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    In Massachusetts it’s been camping at only...

    In Massachusetts it’s been camping at only designated sites and shelters for years.

    The governor lifted regulations imposed on travelers from out of state (recommendations remain in place), but...
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    The link in th article addresses many questions. ...

    The link in th article addresses many questions. It must be difficult for any organization to balance all the many issues Covid has presented.

    Of particular note is that water will be available...
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    Last week our governor’s travel order was...

    Last week our governor’s travel order was replaced with a travel advisory.

    Not sure what this means exactly.

    https://www.mass.gov/alerts/travel-order-notice
  10. Thread: Riddle time

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    I call them a poor substitute for the traditional...

    I call them a poor substitute for the traditional vector.
  11. Thread: hang tag 2021

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    This really deserved its own thread ... I want...

    This really deserved its own thread ...

    I want one that references my erstwhile southbound status — but I am not brave enough to mention the one thought that came to mind.
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    Not experienced as a carnivore, perhaps? A big...

    Not experienced as a carnivore, perhaps?

    A big cat would have gone for the windpipe, rather than the back of the neck. Not having the overwhelming mass of a grizzly, the that bear needed better...
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    Govee Thermometers

    FWIW

    I have been using these all winter in covered areas outside my house as well as the version with digital readout and have found them to be accurate. Not waterproof though.

    Basically a...
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    Interesting. The falls are definitely worth...

    Interesting.

    The falls are definitely worth the very short blue blaze if you are thru hiking.

    Coming down that blue blaze from the other direction can make for a scary crossing. Just throw...
  15. Thread: Northern Lights

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    That was from a tweet that just came — so I...

    That was from a tweet that just came — so I assume it was last night or this morning.
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    I very much encourage wilderness camping in the...

    I very much encourage wilderness camping in the White Mountains for those capable of not getting lost. This may be beyond the capabilities of some.

    Because of terrain, it can also be difficult...
  17. Thread: Northern Lights

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    Northern Lights

    I have seen the Northern Lights at Baxter, but never from the Trail.

    Anyone luckier than me?

    Here is a screen shot of a tweet from Mount Washington Observatory.


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    As a south bounder one challenge is camping...

    As a south bounder one challenge is camping restrictions around Pinkham Notch, especially since that is a place that could well mark a logical daily end point.

    At the PN road crossing you find the...
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    Yup. I particularly liked the one with...

    Yup.

    I particularly liked the one with candles.

    What I would really like to see are some shots showing “baseball bat” floors, though. I did not see many, but one almost made me reconsider my...
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    I Your post got me really thinking about...

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    Your post got me really thinking about whether or not bear cans will ever be widely used on the AT.

    In the end, I concluded the answer is “no”.

    That said, depending on when you asked...
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    That would have made my day. Much respect for...

    That would have made my day.

    Much respect for pushing through your footwear challenge!
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    Alternatively, camp near a pond and have a shot...

    Alternatively, camp near a pond and have a shot at seeing a moose.

    First option would be the at Ethan Pond shelter/tent site. Never saw a moose there, but did find a future spouse, and there...
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    Picking up on Peakbagger (whose expertise I would...

    Picking up on Peakbagger (whose expertise I would defer to on all matters), a shuttle up Mount Washington to begin a Southbound backpacking trip strikes me as intriguing.
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    It’s a question I would ask — precisely because I...

    It’s a question I would ask — precisely because I don’t have a definitive answer for how things work these days, and the “risk” of unforeseen surprises that might be especially hard to deal with as a...
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    Not trying to challenge the voices of experience...

    Not trying to challenge the voices of experience who note that 5 tents present an added challenge, but I would like to ask a serious question.

    How do thru hikers — who often travel in pods of that...
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