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    While flying in a passenger plane may be a safer...

    While flying in a passenger plane may be a safer way to travel, it is also thru that
    Being a professional Aircraft Pilot or Flight Engineer is classified as on of the deadliest jobs in this...
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    You guys got me all worried about fellow AT...

    You guys got me all worried about fellow AT hikers perishing in car crashes.

    So I ran some numbers.

    100,000 Hikers (about the number who have attempted a thru hike) X 2,179 miles (Not everyone...
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    If seven thru hikers had died in avalanches...

    If seven thru hikers had died in avalanches (which of course has not happened) I think most would welcome a discussion of whether or not carrying beacons, probes or airbag vests was worth...
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    Given that 7 AT thru hikers have died at the...

    Given that 7 AT thru hikers have died at the hands of strangers in the middle of their thru hikes, how many do you think have perished on their drives to Springer?
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    Seven thru hikers (yes, thru hikers) have been...

    Seven thru hikers (yes, thru hikers) have been murdered on the AT, each many hundreds of miles into their respective journeys.

    How one wishes to interpret that is up to them.
  6. I think I saw the rope posted by Slo on a day...

    I think I saw the rope posted by Slo on a day Hike looping up to the Gentian Pond shelter. Giant Falls Trail, perhaps.

    Not needed, and possibly the product of some scouts having fun playing...
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    Another great report! Had to read scroll...

    Another great report!

    Had to read scroll thru this one 2x to make sure I didn’t miss any rattle snakes, though. They hiding this time of year? Or just hiding from you?
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    Agreed. Rule would likely inform gateway...

    Agreed.

    Rule would likely inform gateway community shops’ decision on what bikes to buy for their rental fleets, however. To avoid possible hassles and misunderstandings.
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    Not being overweight helps any hiker, but older...

    Not being overweight helps any hiker, but older ones in particular. Not many fat 70 year old Hikers out there - for a reason.
  10. Is this the one? My quick google only turned up...

    Is this the one? My quick google only turned up this — but it may be a different project.

    https://appalachiantrail.org/home/conservation/advocacy/mountain-valley-pipeline

    As with most things,...
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    Hoping dog lovers donate to that SAR group — I...

    Hoping dog lovers donate to that SAR group — I bet they do.
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    Same here. I was the old bald guy with a...

    Same here.

    I was the old bald guy with a beard.
  13. Very interesting (and good) point!!!!!

    Very interesting (and good) point!!!!!
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    Everyone (me included) was certain there were no...

    Everyone (me included) was certain there were no mountain lions in CT before a car hit one that roamed in from South Dakota about 10 years back.

    Resident population is a higher bar, of course.
  15. ALDHA Gathering - Williamstown, MA - Columbus Day Weekend

    My apologies if these is another thread on this — but I don’t recall seeing one recently.

    For those who don’t know, the ALDHA gathering is coming up soon.

    This year’s is in Williamstown, MA...
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    If you reserved a site for a conservative opening...

    If you reserved a site for a conservative opening date, but then learned the Hunt [AT) opened up sometime in May, wouldn’t it be possible to get a new reservation at the last minute for such an...
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    I just retired, and went with an ACA plan that...

    I just retired, and went with an ACA plan that was virtually identical to the plan I had with my employer but at a lower cost. I won’t get any subsidy this year, but could potentially get a 100%...
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    PictureThis — Great App

    Anyone familiar with the PictureThis app.

    I was rather impressed.

    You take a picture of a tree, plant, fern and in a few seconds it tells you what you are looking at and gives you some stock...
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    Understood that by decreasing the curvature of...

    Understood that by decreasing the curvature of your belly that you might be able to reduce the width of your quilt by a few inches (and perhaps the length by an inch or two depending on how your mass...
  20. The NPS order was a follow up to that of the...

    The NPS order was a follow up to that of the Secretary of the Interior, which basically told them and all the rest to do his bidding.

    Here is that order, dated the day prior:
    ...
  21. By my reading of the actual Order all three...

    By my reading of the actual Order all three classes of e-bikes are considered equivalent, and all three classes will be allowed on exiting bike trails.

    Not sure why/how some could read the actual...
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    Undertood that this may not have been in the...

    Undertood that this may not have been in the Whites, but good to hear you are not limiting yourself to designated campsites all the same. :-)
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    Exactly.

    https://www.doi.gov/sites/doi.gov/files/elips/documents/so_3376_-_increasing_recreational_opportunities_through_the_use_of_electric_bikes_-508_0.pdf
  24. I can see them being very, very popular on the...

    I can see them being very, very popular on the Carriage Roads at Acadia National Park.


    Having waves of fellow tourists passing at 28 MPH would be rather disconcerting.

    Actually I think that...
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    Electric bikes do make you feel like Superman.

    I got passed on on my regular bike by an electric unicycle last week (Minuteman Bikeway). I would have had to kill myself to keep up. Too cool. ...
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