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  1. Some folks swear by Silicon spray to cut down on...

    Some folks swear by Silicon spray to cut down on ice balls, some like me have not seen a difference. Smearing with dielectric grease might work but would be messy in the pack.
  2. I do have both Kahtoolas and Hillsounds plus...

    I do have both Kahtoolas and Hillsounds plus Grivel G10 flexible crampons. The Kahtoolas get used for easy stuff on known trails. Since I live in the whites and hike year round, the Hillsounds are my...
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    We were on Doubletop (just west of Katahdin) last...

    We were on Doubletop (just west of Katahdin) last week and we had 3 bars on Verizon but it was text only. Same with Mt Coe. In general texts do seem to go through a lot better than voice or internet....
  4. IMHO , Hillsound Trail Crampons are superior to...

    IMHO , Hillsound Trail Crampons are superior to the Kahtoola due to the spike plates and the instep strap which keeps them snugger. I have a backup pair of Kahtoolas and retrofitted the Hillsound ...
  5. With climate change the really severe weather has...

    With climate change the really severe weather has shifted a bit but traditionally there will have already been overnight snow on the summits by around October first and there could be icing...
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    The standard caveat applies, all bets are off...

    The standard caveat applies, all bets are off once you leave Gorham NH. Unless you want to go on a multi hour resupply trip, the resupply points are small rural stores with far less inventory. If you...
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    The AMC rule of thumb is 2 miles per hour plus...

    The AMC rule of thumb is 2 miles per hour plus 1/2 hour per thousand feet (up and down) active hiking time. Add extra for any breaks. Its just a guideline, I met a typical thru hiker on Old Speck at...
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    Gate opens at 6 AM if you have day use...

    Gate opens at 6 AM if you have day use reservations you need to be at the Togue Pond gate by 7 AM at the latest.

    From the website.

    if you donít have a parking reservation and there are...
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    WTOS has a transmitter on the top of Mt...

    WTOS has a transmitter on the top of Mt Sugarloaf, its a hard rock station at 105.1 FM. Its pretty well available from the Maine line to Katahdin. The down side is is pretty minimal on news and...
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    Well sad to say the factory is going away ...

    Well sad to say the factory is going away

    https://bangordailynews.com/2021/08/30/news/portland/iconic-baked-beans-factory-making-way-for-new-institute/

    The claim is they will continue...
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    Its always windy on the summit of Moosilauke. If...

    Its always windy on the summit of Moosilauke.
    If you use the linked forecast Beaver Brook Shelter is predicted to be 59 degrees F. Time to add a bit of fall gear to the pack.
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    The working life of a phone and level of abuse...

    The working life of a phone and level of abuse seems to be quite variable between individuals. I know folks with I phones that rarely make it a year before they douse the phone and brick it, others...
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    I have been rough on cell phones over the years....

    I have been rough on cell phones over the years. A typical I phone can hold up to heat and cold and some dust but water and physical damage is another story and since they not designed to be repaired...
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    Drug users and petty thieves are not cutting the...

    Drug users and petty thieves are not cutting the cats apart and collecting the interior matrix for recycling. There are plenty of middlemen that convert a stolen cat to a legitimate piece of...
  15. https://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/ten-essent...

    https://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/ten-essentials.html

    If there is off trail hiking, work gloves and safety glasses.

    You may want to do a search for the Smoky Mountain Hiking Club, they...
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    Rescues are "'free" in Maine. NH has the Hike...

    Rescues are "'free" in Maine. NH has the Hike Safe Card ($25) as they charge for rescues. A PLB (no subscription but no communication is around $250 bucks for a McMurdo Fast find. American Alpine...
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    Congrats on your hike completion hopefully you...

    Congrats on your hike completion hopefully you had a great summit day and a bit of time to spend at BSP?

    I plan to be up there in a month
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    Some B&M news, the stack is going away but the...

    Some B&M news, the stack is going away but the beans and brown bread remains in propuction

    https://www.necn.com/news/local/iconic-maine-smokestack-being-taken-down/2532503/

    The brick stack had...
  19. Folks routinely climb to Baxter peak from Chimney...

    Folks routinely climb to Baxter peak from Chimney Pond for sunrise. As long as ranger is informed in advance they are pretty flexible if in their opinion the party is competent.
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    One thing that may make it less tempting is to...

    One thing that may make it less tempting is to engrave the VIN number on the converter. These pass through multiple hands and a VIN is tell tale that its stolen. The problem is a lot of these crimes...
  21. Thread: Darn Tough

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    I wear size 13 EEEE. I have tried the XL Darn...

    I wear size 13 EEEE. I have tried the XL Darn Tuffs but find them too long. The larges fit better for me.

    I buy seconds at the annual factory sale in Northfield VT and have done so for about 10...
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    Darn Tough is very generous with replacing worn...

    Darn Tough is very generous with replacing worn out or defective socks that is one of the reasons they sell at a premium.
  23. The north gate is quite a long haul from...

    The north gate is quite a long haul from Millinocket. The roads getting there are good but not real fast. Plan on two hours. You also drive right by Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument which...
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    I did the ridge to ridge walk on a very hot day,...

    I did the ridge to ridge walk on a very hot day, that last hike up to the Darlington Shelter was a rough one after getting parboiled all day. There is water along this section but a lot of its...
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    I didn't have a choice as the person I was hiking...

    I didn't have a choice as the person I was hiking with had developing ankle issues. If we went out for more than 3 days with backpacks his ankle started acting up and he would need to put on a...
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