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    I expect if the FS had their choice they would...

    I expect if the FS had their choice they would just close the campsite down. Of late they seem to be real good at justifying taking stuff down and rationalizing that its not needed Sort of reverse of...
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    The Perch campsite overcrowding

    The December RMC newsletter has a comment with respect to the Perch campsite that they are monitoring the overcrowding and resultant user created overflow tentsites and will be discussing the...
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    There used to a junior Maine Guide program in...

    There used to a junior Maine Guide program in Maine (may still be). The students would be given a hand ax, a match, a string and 4' pine log. The 4' pine log would be sitting in the lake and had been...
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    I went a couple of times to the High Peaks area...

    I went a couple of times to the High Peaks area of the Adirondacks in NY in early February. We base camped and dayhiked from a lean to. We had great time the first year, the next year we got there...
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    I find I do lot more campfires as I cannot...

    I find I do lot more campfires as I cannot tolerate 12 hours in a bag.
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    Hard to beat that loop up from Roaring Brook. So...

    Hard to beat that loop up from Roaring Brook. So many folks are fixated on the summit and getting home that they miss the best part of the mountain. There is similar long loop from Russel Pond that...
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    I also live nearby, we used to take the local...

    I also live nearby, we used to take the local boy scouts to the Mahoosucs for camping in early June. Its buggy and can be muddy. Mahoosuc Notch will definitely still have snow in it as it will in...
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    One other caveat is bail options in Western Maine...

    One other caveat is bail options in Western Maine are quite expensive. If you end up running out of time a shuttle to the bus station in Gorham is quite expensive.Once you are to Gentian Pond in the...
  9. IMHO, some brands may start out with good low...

    IMHO, some brands may start out with good low temp performance but let the tank run down to less than a 1/3 and the performance at cold temps goes south with any brand fuel. The light easy to...
  10. The USFS appears to use a light colored softwood...

    The USFS appears to use a light colored softwood on signs in the whites. Its no softwood I have seen on the east coast as its dense grain and clear. I think it may be old growth douglas fir. I see it...
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    You do not even have to hitch to Gorham. Concord...

    You do not even have to hitch to Gorham. Concord Coach leaves Gorham at 7:50 AM from The Irving Gas Station and then stops at Pinkham Notch at 8:07. Pinkham Notch has lodging in Joe Dodge Lodge that...
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    I would avoid the whites for first backpacking...

    I would avoid the whites for first backpacking trip, it might scar them for life ;). One option is book space at one of the AMC huts and do an overnight. Logistically its simpler and the kids pretty...
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    Realistically there is no need to run ropes up...

    Realistically there is no need to run ropes up Katahdin. There are no particular special skills that are needed on the hiking trails there and only there that have not been encountered numerous times...
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    I was in Maine once on a long puncheon bridge...

    I was in Maine once on a long puncheon bridge over swampy area. It was probably 200 feet of puncheons. It was decidedly wet on either side of the puncheons. Not a lot of options to step aside. We...
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    I have hiked with and met a few folks that still...

    I have hiked with and met a few folks that still hike a lot with hip replacements. Several cut back on backpacking and switched to slackpacking. They work up to longer days but just carry a day pack....
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    I sectioned the AT over 10 years. I found that...

    I sectioned the AT over 10 years. I found that the closer I got to Springer my encounters with so called thru hikers degraded. Lots of folks who claimed to be thru hikers who actually where out to...
  17. REI has a new store in Williston VT. I expect it...

    REI has a new store in Williston VT. I expect it may be worth driving south an buying stuff directly on sale.
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    Cabot just bought an old mill complex with an big...

    Cabot just bought an old mill complex with an big smokestack just up the road (Nantanna Mill )closer to downtown to expand into. They are spending a lot of money to renovate it and it shows. They do...
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    Nothing wrong with slackpacks. Adding backpacking...

    Nothing wrong with slackpacks. Adding backpacking increases the equipment required and the load carried. One thing to consider is do key swaps. One group heads north and one heads south. They meet...
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    Darn Tuff Factory Sale

    I made the run over to Northfield VT to Cabot Hosiery Mills annual factory sale this past Saturday. Its a unique VT tradition, thousands of folks visit the factory to buy seconds, irregular and I...
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    My standard warning is "we hike as a group and...

    My standard warning is "we hike as a group and stay as a group, if you have problems with that this may not be the hike for you".

    The group hikes to the slowest members ability. If you exceed...
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    Back when Beans was lifetime guarantee I would...

    Back when Beans was lifetime guarantee I would usually visit Beans and grab some preplanned items on my list. The joke with most Black Friday sales are they are at major retailers that have a high...
  23. I did 2/3rds of the AT stretch one day as a day...

    I did 2/3rds of the AT stretch one day as a day hike but I went up the North Kinsman trail from Easton instead of down to the notch. Its about on mile shorter but has the most of the terrain that...
  24. In many cases in the whites of NH the trails were...

    In many cases in the whites of NH the trails were built long ago and the cost in time and resources makes it very difficult to do a reroute. Look a the time and effort BSP has spent on the Hunt trail...
  25. The book has already been published

    The book has already been published
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