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  1. I agree, absolutely

    I agree, absolutely
  2. Quite a bit, I suspect. For one thing they...

    Quite a bit, I suspect. For one thing they obviously had never done much ass-sliding.
  3. I'll see your 54 and raise you 30. Having retired...

    I'll see your 54 and raise you 30. Having retired 22 years ago on a fixed, and not very big pension, I use any surplus on my local land trust trails, and Maine trails. But I enjoyed the Doyle greatly...
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    Speak for yourself. I'm not an old geezer. I'm...

    Speak for yourself. I'm not an old geezer. I'm only 84. But my slightly younger, oldest sister and her husband were in Damascus. Marge and Earle of The Cabin in Maine, were about a mile away from...
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    Not only that, but numerous studies have shown...

    Not only that, but numerous studies have shown that those of us who drink moderately live longer than those who don't -- both teetotalers and drunks.
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    A few years ago the US Park Service at the urging...

    A few years ago the US Park Service at the urging of MATC chased down a couple who had written five inch letters on a shelter north of Whitecap, that we had just finished building a couple of weeks...
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    Most runners who also hike, tend to tell me that...

    Most runners who also hike, tend to tell me that being good at one, doesn't automatically mean one will immediately be good at the other. The two activities share many muscles, but not all, at least...
  8. I walked all of Maine 20+ years ago with a...

    I walked all of Maine 20+ years ago with a slightly spoiled grandson (he had been raised by a single mother, mostly in a households of single women). We started in Grafton Notch and ended on the...
  9. Thread: Maine Difficulty

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    the trail corridor has never been clearcut....

    the trail corridor has never been clearcut. That's a phenomenon that mostly began after the National Parks people moved in. Maine woodland owners traditionally used selective cutting, i.e. "take the...
  10. Thread: Maine Difficulty

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    I've walked all of Maine several times: on...

    I've walked all of Maine several times: on weekend and vacation hikes with my three kids ages 6-12, on a 30-day hike with a 9-year-old grandson, on a thru hike from Georgia at age 64, as a trail...
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    Ah. More fond memories. I left Springer a month...

    Ah. More fond memories. I left Springer a month later. The big storm by then was just another of the stories that hikers told and retold. Mine wasn't a totally trouble-free walk. I observed my 64th...
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    Here's what WebMd says about Barley: Barley is...

    Here's what WebMd says about Barley:

    Barley is a cereal grain high in soluble fiber. Barley comes in many forms, including:

    Sprouted barley
    Pearl barley
    Barley oil extract
    Barley flour
    Why...
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    did the trail in 1993, 2 years after I retired...

    did the trail in 1993, 2 years after I retired from the newspaper business after 35 years. I think the trail was the best thing I ever did -- even better than writing several hundred stories...
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    Before you sell anything, spend at least two...

    Before you sell anything, spend at least two weeks on a rough trail, preferably in bad weather. You don't need much equipment. Wear the stuff you own. Pick up a pack and sleeping bag at Goodwill or...
  15. We've had some success in working with ATV groups...

    We've had some success in working with ATV groups in Maine. But it's slow and iffy work. A local ATV club promised to repair damage the machines had caused to town land trust lands in return for...
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    Flypaper: You need to add to your analysis the...

    Flypaper:

    You need to add to your analysis the number of tv watchers who die early because of the lack of exercise.
  17. Thread: organic soap

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    I doubt if any soap is truly organic. Most basic...

    I doubt if any soap is truly organic. Most basic soaps are a combination of oil, vegetable or mineral, and a caustic mineral. But for at least 50 years, I've used slivers off a bar of Ivory Soap...
  18. Those of us who find this throw a way society...

    Those of us who find this throw a way society repugnant, buy sturdy boots that will last at least one or two thru hikes or equally rough trails. Others may differ.
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    Nor did I ever carry a fire starter other than a...

    Nor did I ever carry a fire starter other than a few scraps of birch bark and dry twigs picked up while walking.
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    I've used a wood burning stove for 20 years,...

    I've used a wood burning stove for 20 years, including a long walk from Georgia to Maine. I've yet to run into a situation where I couldn't find enough dry wood to cook a mac & cheese.
  21. My advice is to bring whatever gear you are...

    My advice is to bring whatever gear you are comfortable with, along with a couple of hundred extra dollars in case you have forgotten something. You'll find friendly people on the trail that will get...
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    Well, only if you want to. Maine already has...

    Well, only if you want to. Maine already has multiple stones. But one more won't hurt.
  23. Thread: Garbage.

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    You'll find a bit of dust in Maine, especially...

    You'll find a bit of dust in Maine, especially when rains are scarce, but no bins for either dust or even general hiker trash. A few towns have public trash bins, but most of the small towns that the...
  24. I bought a wood burning Zip Stove 21 years ago...

    I bought a wood burning Zip Stove 21 years ago which I used to walk between Springer and Katahdin in 1993. I've been using a zip ever since. Fuel has never been a problem, I just pick up occasional...
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    Ultralite, I suspect depends a great deal on...

    Ultralite, I suspect depends a great deal on expected climate conditions and length of trips -- and of course on each hikers budget. You can't safely hike in winter in Maine with typical ultralite...
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