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    Of course there's an endless list of things which...

    Of course there's an endless list of things which can influence a trail's difficulty. The 2 MPH + 30min/1000 feet average is a good starting point.

    If you have a guide book with actual trail...
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    What I call "micro bumps" which don't show up on...

    What I call "micro bumps" which don't show up on the trail profile can wear you out. That "flat" ridge walk wasn't so flat after all...
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    The Green Mountain Club LT guide and the AMC...

    The Green Mountain Club LT guide and the AMC White Mountain guide both use the 0.5 MPH + 0.5 hour/1000 foot gain formula for their published book times.

    There's a trail down the street from me...
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    Another commonly used formula is 1/2 hour per...

    Another commonly used formula is 1/2 hour per mile plus 1/2 hour per 1000 feet of elevation gain. The GMC and I believe the AMC use that formula.

    They then use those times to rate the difficulty...
  5. Keep in mind it gets dark real early come mid...

    Keep in mind it gets dark real early come mid September in these parts. If it's overcast, or your on the East side of the ridge or in thick forest, or all three, it gets dark really, really early....
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    It looks like the eye of the storm is traveling...

    It looks like the eye of the storm is traveling up the Hudson River Valley between NY and VT. Western MA is getting drenched too. I wouldn't want to be on the Long Trail today and tonight. Or the...
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    I believe Crosby has been closed for some time....

    I believe Crosby has been closed for some time. It has a history of bear problems so it could be shut down indefinitely. Which really screws up the spacing. Long day from Tri-Corner to Davenport, but...
  8. Was it overgrown with tree branches poking you in...

    Was it overgrown with tree branches poking you in the eye or just grassy and thorny seasonal growth? If seasonal growth, it needs a weed whacker, but being in a wilderness area it would have to be...
  9. The wind is pretty strong right now. There...

    The wind is pretty strong right now.

    There were cars lined up along the side of the highway as far as the eye could see Saturday at Appalachia. I'd say close to 200. I should have gone back after...
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    Well, what do they know :) Look out for log...

    Well, what do they know :) Look out for log trucks, those guys are maniacs.
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    I don't think I've ever seen a trouper on 91, but...

    I don't think I've ever seen a trouper on 91, but then I don't drive it very often and when I did, the speed limits were lower. Anyway, everyone I've known crosses at Woodsville. Maybe it does take a...
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    I guess it depends on how much over the speed...

    I guess it depends on how much over the speed limit you go on the Interstate.
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    I always use 116/10/302 and cross over from...

    I always use 116/10/302 and cross over from Woodsville. It's the shortest route and time wise isn't significantly longer then 115/302/93/91. RT 2 direct to I91 is the slowest route.
  14. "careful with that axe Eugene" I lost my copy...

    "careful with that axe Eugene"
    I lost my copy of Umma Gumma and quite a few other albums during my homeless years wandering around the mountains...
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    Should be pretty quiet north of the river. It's...

    Should be pretty quiet north of the river. It's the 4K's and the peaks on the 52WAV list which get all the traffic. As for the weather, looks like the usual hit or miss chance of afternoon showers....
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    It depends on where you are. Black flies are...

    It depends on where you are. Black flies are still around too. Seeing how full the Appalachia parking lot has been lately - overflowing onto the highway a 1/4 mile in either direction - more often...
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    I didn't have much of a belly to loose but it was...

    I didn't have much of a belly to loose but it was a bit flabby. After a month of sit-ups, over all I feel better and I think my posture has improved with the better core strength.

    I haven't done...
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    I started doing sit ups about a month ago....

    I started doing sit ups about a month ago. Couldn't do a single one when I started without using my arms to help. Now I can do 30 with my hands behind my head and the results are noticeable. My gut...
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    That's a good walk. Looked like a nice day up...

    That's a good walk. Looked like a nice day up there. I saw about 100 cars at the Appalachia parking lot Friday afternoon, figured at least that many yesterday. So I climbed Mount Crescent on the...
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    Cell phone cameras have gotten really good (especially Apple products). I've gotten into posting Instagram photos which is easiest to do from a phone, so that is now my default camera. I still carry...
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    The Concord to Berlin run was never a profitable...

    The Concord to Berlin run was never a profitable one for Concord Bus. The times I've ridden it, maybe 5-6 people left after Concord. I hope they don't drop that route once this is all over. It makes...
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    Wait until next year then.

    Wait until next year then.
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    There's not much demand for rentals around here. ...

    There's not much demand for rentals around here.

    So, you want to hike from Bennington, VT (LT) to Gorham, NH?

    You'd be better off leaving your car at Williamstown in MA, and starting there....
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    While you can access the AT from downtown Gorham...

    While you can access the AT from downtown Gorham as Peakbagger describes, those are not real good options and result a really long, hard first day. The Pine link trail to Madison and then down to a...
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    I won a free T shirt from the GMC (Instagram...

    I won a free T shirt from the GMC (Instagram contest) which is 52% cotton and 48% polyester. It's super soft and comfy due to the cotton content, but still dries quickly and is a good summer hiking...
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