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    Years ago there was the somewhat infamous...

    Years ago there was the somewhat infamous Mountain Mamas just north of the Smokies, It consisted of a store that sold cheap cigarettes as it was just over the state line. The accommodations were...
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    Definitely a great reason to go for hike!

    Definitely a great reason to go for hike!
  3. I was out hiking on Sunday on the other side of...

    I was out hiking on Sunday on the other side of Mt Washington on WIldcat which has similar exposure. The snow conditions are pretty classic spring snow. Warm sunny days and cold nights turn the snow...
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    I was just down the road on Wildcat D. Nice to be...

    I was just down the road on Wildcat D. Nice to be able to do a "local hike for exercise". 100 mile visibility day, folks that go by in the summer rarely if ever get days with visibility like this in...
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    This is an older thread and I have weighed in in...

    This is an older thread and I have weighed in in the past but in 2019 I switched to Oral Rehydration Salts (ORS) designed to WHO specs. Its designed for the optimum absorption into the gut. There is...
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    Its been for sale on and off for a couple of...

    Its been for sale on and off for a couple of years. IMHO unless someone has money to burn and no expectation of ever turning a profit they are in for an expensive education.
  7. Just because they are open does not imply that...

    Just because they are open does not imply that they are not a potential viral hotspot.
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    On the other hand there is exactly one NPS aw...

    On the other hand there is exactly one NPS aw enforcement officer assigned half time to the entire AT. I was advised as a volunteer that given this fact that its highly likely that someone would ever...
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    My guess is they will keep a caretaker up there...

    My guess is they will keep a caretaker up there but will just not allow folks to use the facilities. Not that hard to post the trailheads.
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    Goddard Shelter in VT has or had a great view....

    Goddard Shelter in VT has or had a great view. its also in wilderness area with quite a walk in from the road so less prone to partying.

    Hard to beat Madison Hut and Lake of the Crowds Hut in the...
  11. The AMCs claim is that the Hut systems profits...

    The AMCs claim is that the Hut systems profits subsidize many other field programs including the campsite caretakers. If you run the numbers for the campsite caretakers, at best the program is a...
  12. AMC is a necessary evil in the whites with the...

    AMC is a necessary evil in the whites with the caretaker program. The USFS approach is abandon back country infrastructure to avoid future expenses. If not for the AMC running the shelters they would...
  13. It may be in some sort of control but it sure as...

    It may be in some sort of control but it sure as heck will not be over. Until there is a vaccine, which is optimistically a year out, things still will be risky. The only antiviral out there which...
  14. My guess is unless you get lucky and find someone...

    My guess is unless you get lucky and find someone to share a shuttle you will not find much better.

    There is a punchline to old Maine humor that goes "you know, come to think of it, you cant get...
  15. There is a designated AT parking lot on RT 27. It...

    There is a designated AT parking lot on RT 27. It outside of the state highway right of way. Thus its legal to park for extended periods. That said, two weeks is pushing it in rural area. You could...
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    FYI, the summit post link that illabelle linked...

    FYI, the summit post link that illabelle linked is useful but realize it definitely not a traditional "follow the white blaze" trip. They skipped some sections of the AT and smoothed out some of the...
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    BTW, The hike from Pinkham to Madison hut is a...

    BTW, The hike from Pinkham to Madison hut is a steep one The hike along the old Jackson road to the Great Gulf bridge is real easy but once you get on the Osgood trail its steep with zero...
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    Folks do it all the time. AMC even offers guided...

    Folks do it all the time. AMC even offers guided versions of at least part of the trip, they usually have the guided trips and deals early in the season when the huts get bit less use. You will pay...
  19. You are trying to apply logic to an irrational...

    You are trying to apply logic to an irrational response to something most people are clueless about. Some folks seem to confuse CV-19 with a zombie apocalypse.Too much Walking Dead is my guess.
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    Up north if there is a roof, there is a barn....

    Up north if there is a roof, there is a barn. Foundations can be replaced, but once the roof goes and the frame starts rotting its all over. Since there is access to the site, dependent on the soil...
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    I have some prime waterfront house lots for sale...

    I have some prime waterfront house lots for sale in Florida if you believe that source ;)
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    Don't need hand sanitizer if you have use alcohol...

    Don't need hand sanitizer if you have use alcohol with stove fuel. Some folks have burned hand sanitizer in pinch although its easy to separate (but still toxic to drink).

    One minor upgrade to...
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    Be careful on the statistics. The various...

    Be careful on the statistics. The various fatality rates are based on a third world country in urban areas with known long term poor air quality which impact pulmonary function. Add in that 50% of...
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    Iridium is making big upgrades on their new...

    Iridium is making big upgrades on their new satellites. Pretty good for a company that was going to splash all their satellites until Uncle Sam handed them contract to keep them flying as they needed...
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    If it was using Iridium for communication it...

    If it was using Iridium for communication it would be lot more usefull. Probably a nice down near the equator not so nice at near 45 degrees off the equator.
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