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    Upper Goose Pond Cabin to Open--sort of

    I'm pleased to announce that UGPC will open this Sunday for overnight visitors. Of course, since it's owned by your National Park Service, there is some fine print:
    --Unvaccinated guests are...
  2. Late to the party on this one. Both NPS and...

    Late to the party on this one.

    Both NPS and MassDCR have a regulation limiting maximum group size of 10--including leaders at AT overnight sites in Mass (and elsewhere on the AT). This is to keep...
  3. Thread: Bear Cables

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    Carry a canister--really. ...

    Carry a canister--really.
    https://thetrek.co/appalachian-trail/the-case-for-bear-canisters/
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    https://atcamp.org/atthruhikerreports.cfm

    https://atcamp.org/atthruhikerreports.cfm
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    Sorry to come late to this party. Here's the...

    Sorry to come late to this party. Here's the scoop for Mass:

    --The State Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) has closed all AT campsites on DCR lands, ostensibly to reduce the risk of...
  6. Thread: Cookie Lady 2.0

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    Cookie Lady 2.0

    I'm very pleased to report that the new owners of the "Cookie Lady's" house on Washington Mtn Rd in Mass are eager to carry on the Wiley's tradition of reaching out to hikers. As Ruth, the new owner...
  7. Thread: Shaker Campsite

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    The bears live in the area, but because campers...

    The bears live in the area, but because campers have been diligent in keeping their stuff in the box or a bear canisters at all times, we have not had an incident where bears have gotten food in...
  8. Hi Grampie, Might be another slow season at...

    Hi Grampie,

    Might be another slow season at the Cabin. It's unclear when NPS will allow the Cabin to be staffed. Their current statement is that Trail facilities on NPS lands are closed "until...
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    I had partial replacements (essentially caps on...

    I had partial replacements (essentially caps on both leg bones) on both knees. Pretty quick to full recovery (2 months), no issues since (5 years). Do your PT (starting before the surgery) without...
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    Don’t give upon the bear can yet. Think of how...

    Don’t give upon the bear can yet. Think of how convenient it will be not to find a suitable tree every night and worry about wether you got your hang right. Not to worry about getting room in a...
  11. Also charged with “prowling at night”. Nice term...

    Also charged with “prowling at night”. Nice term for a night hike this summer...
  12. https://www.mass.gov/location-details/mahican-moha...

    https://www.mass.gov/location-details/mahican-mohawk-trail

    Eventually, from the CT River to the Hudson.

    Several other Googleable resources out there, too.

    Neat idea.

    Cosmo
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    The bulk of the work has been completed, and the...

    The bulk of the work has been completed, and the Trail is open.

    Cosmo
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    Temporary Reroute, Mass--Late December

    A logging operation on State Forest lands between Pittsfield Rd (Washington Mtn Rd) and West Branch Rd will be underway around the dates of December 21st and 25th, 2020. The dates are approximate...
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    At present, the Lodge will not be opening until...

    At present, the Lodge will not be opening until July--like everything else, this is subject to change...

    I know it's difficult as so many of our favorite places are struggling. If anyone is...
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    https://www.appalachiantrail.org/home/explore-the-...

    https://www.appalachiantrail.org/home/explore-the-trail/thru-hiking/camping

    Lots of good info for first time AT hikers here. Scroll to bottom of the page for a summary of AT camping regulations....
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    Bascom Lodge, 2020 Schedule

    An update from the operators of Bascom Lodge on the summit of Mt Greylock regarding their 2020 season. They plan to open on May 23rd (weather permitting). They will be closed Tuesdays, although...
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    App is already updated. Also send into to AWOL...

    App is already updated. Also send into to AWOL and the Companion
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    Marylin (the Cookie Lady) will be relocating to...

    Marylin (the Cookie Lady) will be relocating to Indiana to live with her family. We will miss her nearly half-century of support of AT hikers of all kinds. She was a part of the Trail here in Mass....
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    Nicely said, Traveller. Generally, managers...

    Nicely said, Traveller.

    Generally, managers consider things a success when about 80% of visitors follow a regulation. There is also an art in starting a conversation that will have a reasonable...
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    https://www.wherearethehikers.com/about/ Cosmo

    https://www.wherearethehikers.com/about/

    Cosmo
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    We should be talking about protecting the bears. ...

    We should be talking about protecting the bears. The one raiding Goddard Shelter in VT was shot after it could no longer be frightened away. No suitable trees in the area to hang from (not unusual...
  23. Thread: Kay Wood Lean-to

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    A Dalton AT Community member, Margaret Cahill has...

    A Dalton AT Community member, Margaret Cahill has completed a half hour video biography of Kay, focusing mostly on her contribution to the Trail. She was quite a remarkable person. At our...
  24. Thread: Specs for hangs

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    Thanks for the replies, folks. Never would have...

    Thanks for the replies, folks. Never would have thought of putting the posts that far apart, so we'll work for a 13-14ft separation. I was thinking that a horizontal timber between the posts would...
  25. Thread: Specs for hangs

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    Specs for hangs

    The AT Community folks in Cheshire Mass are developing an overnight site in town for AT hikers. They are thinking of including some posts that would work for hammocks. They would like to know the...
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