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    Why be so harsh, Wise Old Owl? Who's dwelling on...

    Why be so harsh, Wise Old Owl? Who's dwelling on it? Sorry we're not all as all-knowing as you. Do us all a favor and when you get that superior, angry feeling, don't log on. Attitudes like yours are...
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    I encountered a spring in Harriman that dried up...

    I encountered a spring in Harriman that dried up in the course of 1 week. I camped there the previous weekend and the stream was running cold and clear. This last weekend, it was gone. I camped with...
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    Please view my backpacking review of the Solio...

    Please view my backpacking review of the Solio Bolt solar charger HERE. It didn't work on a clear day with no leaves. There's just no way it will be worth carrying a solar charger once the leaves are...
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    I'd be in the hills if it weren't for paying the...

    I'd be in the hills if it weren't for paying the bills. This city is flat and not to my liking; stuff my job, I'd rather be hiking!
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    I traded in my REI Mars 80 (way too big, and...

    I traded in my REI Mars 80 (way too big, and webbing was breaking after less than 50 miles) for an Osprey Aether 60. Best gear decision I've made yet. It is a lighter pack, but it feels much, much...
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    And if you find yourself in an emergency, string...

    And if you find yourself in an emergency, string cheese can be knotted together to make climbing rope. I saw it on Man vs. Wild.
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    I removed the lid from my Osprey Aether 60. I'll...

    I removed the lid from my Osprey Aether 60. I'll do a few days of hiking and see if I miss it. I don't think I will. I dislike having to unclip the thing to get into the "meat" of my pack more than I...
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    I noticed this last weekend. I didn't know it was...

    I noticed this last weekend. I didn't know it was new. A nice feature if you need it! If only GPS didn't wipe my iPhone battery out so quickly...
  9. Solio Bolt Solar Charger - Backpacking Field Test

    I certainly got as direct an angle that I could, but it was not enough. I'm not saying it's a bad idea, just not tenable for backpacking, at least on te east coast.
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    I think I might have hiked the last two days of...

    I think I might have hiked the last two days of winter in NY on Friday and Saturday. It might have been a bit cold, but I'll probably look back on those temps fondly very soon!
  11. Solio Bolt Solar Charger - Backpacking Field Test

    Backpacking field review of the Solio Bolt, portable USB solar recharger.
    I used this product for 2 consecutive days of hiking in Harriman State Park in mid March. With no foliage to cover the sun...
  12. Get well soon, G.G.!

    Get well soon, G.G.!
  13. New York - Harriman Section Hiking This Weekend

    Hi WB,

    Anyone here out on the trail around Harriman State Park this weekend? I'll be camping at William Brien shelter most likely.

    -Noel
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    We just got a huge one here in the city....

    We just got a huge one here in the city. Dangerous stuff. My wallet is shaking in fear!
  15. Thread: The Way

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    I found the movie to be trite and sentimental, to...

    I found the movie to be trite and sentimental, to me honest. Once again, a movie that relies on sappy music to tantalize the emotions rather than good acting, cinematography or story-telling. It...
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    Sure thing! Hope to see you out on the trail.

    Sure thing! Hope to see you out on the trail.
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    I'd imagine West Point taxi to service west of...

    I'd imagine West Point taxi to service west of the Hudson. Have you tried Radio Taxi or Izabela Taxi in Peekskill?
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    Where are you going to / coming from?

    Where are you going to / coming from?
  19. Thread: Fingerboard

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    Stayed here Feb 25-26, 2012. Camped out down the...

    Stayed here Feb 25-26, 2012. Camped out down the hill, first campsite beyond the stream. It was nice having a water supply at the edge of your campsite! Practically spoiled, especially since it was...
  20. Hi Tinker, No, my girlfriend and I arrived...

    Hi Tinker,

    No, my girlfriend and I arrived when the Scout troop was cooking lunch and taking up the entire shelter and being generally loud and not what we were after in regards to a quiet hike....
  21. I stayed at the Fingerboard shelter campsite in...

    I stayed at the Fingerboard shelter campsite in Harriman in NY on Saturday night and all was well, albeit very cold. Gusty, for sure, but not as windy as expected. All in all, 2 beautiful days of...
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    Hiking clothes are the new in thing

    I probably do more walking and being in the elements here in NYC than many people do elsewhere where they have cars, parking lots, etc. I'm happy to have well-made, warm clothing while waiting for...
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    I found this site slightly too late before I...

    I found this site slightly too late before I bought some heavier gear than was necessary. Last overnight hike I hauled 42 pounds, 22 miles in 2 days. It would have been more enjoyable with a lighter...
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    You're thinking of the Brien Memorial shelter....

    You're thinking of the Brien Memorial shelter. From what I understand, it's a hotspot for weekend partiers from the surrounding areas. They probably do more damage than AT hikers as they rarely...
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    Yes, a bandana would work. I did get the filter...

    Yes, a bandana would work. I did get the filter cap, but I didn't have it with me last weekend. I used a plastic cup to get water from the stream, filtered it through a coffee filter, put it in the...
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