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    Wilcox North Shelter--Bear (Mass)

    Reports from hikers this week of an aggressive bear at North Wilcox shelter. Hikers we're cooking food at picnic table when bear came into camp. They could not frighten it off. Bear pawed its way...
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    Spring 2019 Snow Conditions on Long Trail

    Still plenty of snow in the Greens this year: https://www.greenmountainclub.org/2019-hiking-season-is-here-but/. Also posted on the LT Page.

    Cosmo
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    Spring 2019 Snow Conditions on Long Trail

    Still plenty of snow in the Greens this year: https://www.greenmountainclub.org/2019-hiking-season-is-here-but/

    Cosmo
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    As far a privies are concerned, paper towels will...

    As far a privies are concerned, paper towels will do fine in a mouldering type of privy. These are characterized by a slatted crib underneath and a bucket of forest duff or bag of wood shavings in...
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    Cabin opens May 18th. You will see other campers...

    Cabin opens May 18th. You will see other campers at both places, more if the weather is decent.

    Cosmo
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    We just end up having to pull the wipes out of...

    We just end up having to pull the wipes out of the composted privy product before spreading it out in the woods. The only thing in the privy should be stuff that’s been in your mouth first and TP.
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    I heard from Marilyn's daughter today. She says...

    I heard from Marilyn's daughter today. She says her mom will likely continue to host hikers this season, and would welcome any assistance hikers can provide on blueberry farm projects.

    Cosmo
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    Roy Wiley, Marilyn's husband passed away last...

    Roy Wiley, Marilyn's husband passed away last week. Here's a link to the obituary. Not yet sure if the family will be able to welcome hikers this season. I'll be happy to pass on more info when I...
  9. Thread: Shaker Campsite

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    Here's one bear that's not quite so hungry:...

    Here's one bear that's not quite so hungry:...
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    No sign of this particular bear(s) yet, but they...

    No sign of this particular bear(s) yet, but they are starting to be reported out and about in the County.

    Use the bear box, all the time. Cook early in the evening, away from your tent. Put...
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    Yup, Greylock Club does not have space for AT...

    Yup, Greylock Club does not have space for AT parking this season, their neighbor is updating their parking lot (where club patrons used to be able to park). At present, we're looking at an area...
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    We're working on an alternative location nearby,...

    We're working on an alternative location nearby, but it probably won't have confirmation until June--a few moving parts remaining to be sorted out. For now, Pattison Rd is the best option for a day...
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    Upper Goose Pond Cabin 2019 Dates

    We’ll be opening the Cabin for the season on May 18th this year. Closing day will be October 20th. Even when the Cabin is not open, hikers are welcome to camp at the nearby campsites.

    Cosmo
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    Father Tom Begley (the priest who first opened St...

    Father Tom Begley (the priest who first opened St Mary's to hikers) has passed away. Here is his Obit:
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  15. Thread: atcamp.org

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    The system has limitations--and is not all that...

    The system has limitations--and is not all that useful for individual hikers (until when some dark day in the future everyone will need a permit to hike the AT, ugh!). It is handy for groups, and...
  16. Thread: atcamp.org

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    I've had quite a bit of experience as a volunteer...

    I've had quite a bit of experience as a volunteer Overnight Site Caretaker with a number of groups in Mass. Generally speaking, Scout groups either decline to register, or are ignorant of our...
  17. Thread: Shaker Campsite

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    It appears that the bear has moved on (for now),...

    It appears that the bear has moved on (for now), but there are at least two adults living in the area. We took down the signs last week. As always at this site, hikers should use extra caution with...
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    The times they may be changin’. See:...

    The times they may be changin’. See:
    https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/nfsnc/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD591471

    Cosmo
  19. We are seeing what happens when a resource is...

    We are seeing what happens when a resource is stretched beyond its capacity.

    Some weeks at the Cabin, there is simply not room for everyone to have the experience they expect or desire. Too many...
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    Here’s the deal in Mass: About half the Trail in...

    Here’s the deal in Mass: About half the Trail in Mass is on Federal (NPS) land, most of the rest is on State land (including most of the overnight sites). There’s a few miles on municipal watershed...
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    This is not the momma bear in question (but...

    This is not the momma bear in question (but possibly an offspring). Video taken on July 10. No other reports have come in (left a phone number in Guthook).

    He certainly seems to know his way...
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    [QUOTE=rickb;2214421][CENTER][COLOR=#333333][FONT=Avenir]“Upper Goose Pond Cabin is owned by the National Park Service and managed by AMC volunteers. Located on the Appalachian Trail (AT) in the...
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    [QUOTE=rickb;2214421][CENTER][COLOR=#333333][FONT=Avenir]“Upper Goose Pond Cabin is owned by the National Park Service and managed by AMC volunteers. Located on the Appalachian Trail (AT) in the...
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    Yup, I messed up the distance on my original...

    Yup, I messed up the distance on my original post. 9.1 to the side trail.

    Cosmo
  25. Thread: Dalton Mass.

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    Tom’s doing fine, and still welcomes hikers. ...

    Tom’s doing fine, and still welcomes hikers. Just trying to dial it back a bit.

    Cosmo
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