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  1. I've parked my motorcycle outside the park and...

    I've parked my motorcycle outside the park and walked in a few times. If you head into the north gate to go to South Branch you have two options outside the park. The closest is the boat launch area...
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    I've done the border to Stark four years in a row...

    I've done the border to Stark four years in a row now and already pondering next year's hike. Also a trail adopter for a few miles near Coleman SP so I am very familiar with the trail. If you have...
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    I guess a few more pics won't kill the server :)...

    I guess a few more pics won't kill the server :)

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    Cohos SOBO Thru June 2021

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    Just a couple of teaser pics as I don't want to kill the poor WB servers with the full photo dump. This page, Cohos Trail 2021 SOBO Solo Thru has links to each day's report and pics...
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    Try this for a pretty good report from yesterday...

    Try this for a pretty good report from yesterday https://www.newenglandtrailconditions.com/nh/viewreport.php?entryid=54472
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    Take a look at the Hammock Gear line of Econ...

    Take a look at the Hammock Gear line of Econ quilts. They use a slightly less desirable down which is why they are cheaper than their standard models. All my bottom quilts and many of my top quilts...
  7. Thru hikers still get a discount of only $5 a...

    Thru hikers still get a discount of only $5 a night after paying $10 the first night and acquiring a free thru hiker pass.

    Hope raising the fees keeps people at home rather than driving them into...
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    This is a current report posted by someone near...

    This is a current report posted by someone near the Bigelows today:



    The valleys are drying out, but the mountains are still melting.
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    We put down a bet that Traveler would open for...

    We put down a bet that Traveler would open for Memorial Day. Two nights at USB :)
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    Less mud, little or no snow up top with BFs going...

    Less mud, little or no snow up top with BFs going from thick to fading as skeeters begin to come into season :) It is Maine after all.

    Will you be finishing on Katahdin? No word yet on when they...
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    Dry Spring so far, but lots of snow up top still....

    Dry Spring so far, but lots of snow up top still. About the time that fades and the mud starts drying is when the BFs bloom. Scattered flies now, just a few here and there, but they are coming...
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    If staying in town you may want to look into...

    If staying in town you may want to look into using a shuttle. Reservations would likely be a good idea so you know the plan. Otherwise, two nights at Katahdin Stream is a great option if you can find...
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    You guessed correctly, I am trying to put...

    You guessed correctly, I am trying to put together a multi-fuel set up. Goal is to be primarily wood fired, but have alcohol back up for foul weather or places where fire ban prevents burning twigs....
  14. Huts don't allow tents. If you pay to stay you...

    Huts don't allow tents. If you pay to stay you avoid having to hike down below treeline. Whether you stay at official sites or not you still have to go up and down to get into the trees. When wanting...
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    Maybe you can save me a few years if you are...

    Maybe you can save me a few years if you are willing to share your wisdom :)

    I've been playing with using the Toaks Titanium Windscreen, just a roll of flat metal you wrap around something. In my...
  16. Those nylofume bags are a lot tougher than you...

    Those nylofume bags are a lot tougher than you are giving them credit for. I have one that is still in service after three years of heavy use. It has been patched with clear packing tape in a couple...
  17. Kelty Super Tioga and Seek Outside Unaweep are my...

    Kelty Super Tioga and Seek Outside Unaweep are my load haulers. Winter backpacking or Daddy Pack for family trips call for the ability to carry weight in the pack and strap more weight to the...
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    Aarn (https://www.aarnpacks.com), a small NZ...

    Aarn, a small NZ company makes a line of packs based on that idea. A big bag on back, two small bags in front. I bought a set of front pouches some years ago and attached them to various packs. It...
  19. I ran into that trying to test a 3L jacket last...

    I ran into that trying to test a 3L jacket last year. Nothing but a few light showers on trail all year. When it would start raining at home I'd quick throw on the jacket and a pack to get some...
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    Phone is a low use item for me, so I keep that...

    Phone is a low use item for me, so I keep that stashed in the pouch too :)

    Like I said in my review, it really is a utility pouch you can attach any way you like and that applies to yours or the...
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    Do you use it as a fanny pack? I incorporated the...

    Do you use it as a fanny pack? I incorporated the HMG Versa into my kit after testing it for Trailspace last year and find it most useful as a chest pack. I loop its belt through my shoulder straps ...
  22. Web site is loading availability really slowly,...

    Web site is loading availability really slowly, but it comes up eventually. I'm seeing KStream as booked solid but Abol has a couple sites left for the 17th. Good luck!
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    Horizontal rain is not umbrella weather at any...

    Horizontal rain is not umbrella weather at any temp. You still want to have rain gear that is appropriate for that stuff even when carrying the umbrella. I don't use mine when it is windy because...
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    I think it comes down to how you feel about the...

    I think it comes down to how you feel about the weight when you aren't using it and how much use you think you'll get from it. Sort of like everything else :)

    Personally I really like the sun...
  25. Met a lady on the Cohos a few years ago who was...

    Met a lady on the Cohos a few years ago who was using it to rehydrate her refried beans as she hiked. She said it worked pretty well for her.
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