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    BTW, here's a look at the higher part of section...

    BTW, here's a look at the higher part of section 7, real time, imagine this a month from now? Should be no problem, might sip the microspikes afterall:
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  2. Yep, I read "No shortcuts to the Top". Yeah, Ed...

    Yep, I read "No shortcuts to the Top". Yeah, Ed is still alive, but then again, so is Reinhold Messner and Conrad Anker two very different style climbers. It's all about trade-offs, risk vs. reward....
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    Yeah, doing a boundary waters canoe trip couples...

    Yeah, doing a boundary waters canoe trip couples very nicely with an Isle Royale backpack, which is exactly what we did a couple years ago; 4 days on Isle royale followed by just about the same...
  4. I tend to disagree with this in some cases, take...

    I tend to disagree with this in some cases, take mountaineering for example. The risk takers will generally be significantly more successful in, say, summiting mountains or establishing a new route...
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    Well, I'm not 100% sure I'm following you onn the...

    Well, I'm not 100% sure I'm following you onn the 12-18" stuff, but regarding going NOBO, if any year would work for a mid June NOBO, this might be the one, with the SW Colorado snowpack being pretty...
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    When I loast my $20 deuce of spades a couple days...

    When I loast my $20 deuce of spades a couple days after I bought it, I decided to go the snow stake route, but I wanted it to be both shorter and a tad lighter, 5 minutes with a hacksaw and a bit of...
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    I really like the northern LT suggestion. Start...

    I really like the northern LT suggestion. Start at the Canadian border and hike as far south as time allows. Then when you're on the AT in VT you can fill in the gap from the AT/LT junction to...
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    FWIW, I'm now looking at a June 16 start, and I...

    FWIW, I'm now looking at a June 16 start, and I expect some bothersome snow, but nothing too bad. I'll be doing some alternate routes here and there, not a pure CT. Also, when I get south to where...
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    After a looooooong altitude dry spell, due to...

    After a looooooong altitude dry spell, due to county stay-out orders, we finally got a good "high" on Mt. Yale yesterday, man, we needed that altitude fix, but it did kick our butts.

    Snow is...
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    Alas, only about 3300 AT miles, my own complete...

    Alas, only about 3300 AT miles, my own complete and about half repeated with wife.

    But I've averaged about 1000 documented hiking (backpacking, climbing and day hiking) miles a year for the last...
  11. You guys got some learnin' to do.... "Bivouac"...

    You guys got some learnin' to do.... "Bivouac" is French for "Dumb A$$". Every mountaineering knows that..... :-)
  12. Good question.... there are a bunch of counties...

    Good question.... there are a bunch of counties that still have "stay out" orders for non-residents (of the county), but the first two along the trail, chaffee and gunnison counties I think are...
  13. For your Uber, if needed, I would use the phrase...

    For your Uber, if needed, I would use the phrase "Indian Creek Campground" and make sure the route goes via. Sedalia. If you just google "DIA to Indian Creek" the resulting route uses, er, Waterton...
  14. Nope, closed currently, to everyone (it is very...

    Nope, closed currently, to everyone (it is very popular to hikers, fishermen, bikers, runners, etc). And it's REALLY physically closed, big fence with gate, locked tight.

    No biggie, there are two...
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    Poll: I bought a silver AT necklace, very simple, the...

    I bought a silver AT necklace, very simple, the standard AT logo, I haven't taken it off since I hiked the trail in 2015. I get some many comments and compliments about it! And is basically my...
  16. Wish I could help SS, sorry, I've hiked through...

    Wish I could help SS, sorry, I've hiked through the Sierra many times now, but always had permits beforehand.

    That being said: our 2nd JMT finished up on October 1st, and the weather was...
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    Yeah, the route should be fairly well tracked...

    Yeah, the route should be fairly well tracked out, but that being said, there are many time a LOT of different boot-tracks around and it can get confusing.

    Bottom line is that I do highly...
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    My wife and I are not QUITE giving up on Sierra...

    My wife and I are not QUITE giving up on Sierra hiking this late-summer, but it sure seems flaky right now.

    We're seriously considering doing a long hike in Wyoming in late August/early September,...
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    That altitude acclimation is a biggie for some,...

    That altitude acclimation is a biggie for some, zero issue for others, hard to tell. Fitness levels tend to have nothing to do with altitude issues some say, though I personally take that little...
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    I kinda thought the Covid-ethics rants had...

    I kinda thought the Covid-ethics rants had stopped, I suppose not. Same folks, on and on, trying to get everyone to think like they do.

    Anyway, great little section, I've done it now 3 times and...
  21. It's all about a few Colorado counties lifting...

    It's all about a few Colorado counties lifting their "stay out" orders, there are 3-4 of them that the trail passes through. Chaffee County (Salida), Gunnison County (Gunnison) and San Juan Counties...
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    That's what I thought. For the record though,...

    That's what I thought.

    For the record though, I do get your point. There are many ways we could save lives every year that would seem silly to most everyone (like wearing helmets driving, like...
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    Not sure where you might have dug up that "half"...

    Not sure where you might have dug up that "half" thing. Source? I'm really curious on that little tid-bit.
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    Funny, I have been tempted to use some version of...

    Funny, I have been tempted to use some version of the old Seatbelt analogy myself. In this case, I think it is warranted, filtering/treating does decrease, if only a little bit, the already very low...
  25. Unfortunately, there will be no last comment from...

    Unfortunately, there will be no last comment from one of the snarkiest. Well, I guess I was just snarky myself. Sigh.
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