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  1. I'm a late arrival to the thread. I run on the...

    I'm a late arrival to the thread.

    I run on the heavy side, at times in my life I've gotten to 50 lbs or so above ideal weight.

    My personal experience: If I have time to hike (not guaranteed, I...
  2. Ain't nothing 'official' or well defined about...

    Ain't nothing 'official' or well defined about the Whites, but I'm thinking geologically, and I'd say that they start with the uplift belt where the trail turns back from east to north and starts...
  3. New York State recommends bear canisters pretty...

    New York State recommends bear canisters pretty much everywhere, but few hikers bother with them. The only place in NY where they're legally required is the part of High Peaks Wilderness Area lying...
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    There are no really good answers. 1. Use a...

    There are no really good answers.

    1. Use a tunnel hood (also called a wolf hood or shore hood) so you don't need a facemask and goggles nearly as much.
    2. (Expensive, and not covered by...
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    Know the spot! Right where the trail switchbacks...

    Know the spot! Right where the trail switchbacks on the top of this scramble - as if the scramble weren't scary enough.

    https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3767/9764802355_0bc472276d_c.jpg

    The other...
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    Hmm, maybe. You surely need some traction gear...

    Hmm, maybe. You surely need some traction gear there, but spikes are up to it, I think. And I forgot to mention the Lemon Squeezer. That's another place I'd want crampons, although I've done in in...
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    Congratulations! Ideally, I'm a couple of...

    Congratulations!

    Ideally, I'm a couple of years away from it, but at this point I don't know if the place will last that long.

    I love the work, hate the politics, and have a bunch of pro bono...
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    I wanted mine once, on the scrambles on the...

    I wanted mine once, on the scrambles on the Suffern-Bear Mountain trail north of the Parkway. But that's once in a lot of trips over several decades, and that's just about the only spot in the park...
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    If you're talking about that pic that cmoulder...

    If you're talking about that pic that cmoulder posted, I'd take that stretch in my Hillsounds with confidence. (Except if it's melty and slushy and the ice is parting company with the rock - there's...
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    I never wore a beard until one time that I went...

    I never wore a beard until one time that I went on a two-week hike and came back with a hiker scruff - and my wife said she liked it.

    (I still don't like it much. It's kind of patchy, and it's...
  11. My favorite bear hang episode was the time I...

    My favorite bear hang episode was the time I spotted the perfect branch, high up and with nothing else next to it, nailed the cast ... and watched the entire length of my line sail over it, right to...
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    Was it getting in the way of the cows?

    Was it getting in the way of the cows?
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    Fragments. Good device. Must use more of them. ...

    Fragments. Good device. Must use more of them.

    Is a sentence without a subject.
  14. 31 USC 1342: In the shutdown, there was no...

    31 USC 1342:


    In the shutdown, there was no law enabling the National Park Service to accept voluntary services. This has been construed as requiring the shut-down departments actively to forbid...
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    (1) I usually have to get out of the bag to pee...

    (1) I usually have to get out of the bag to pee pretty soon after waking up. Perfect opportunity to retrieve a bear bag, crawl back into the sleeping bag and make coffee!

    (2) I'm sure Harrisburg...
  16. This question comes up often enough...

    This question comes up often enough that I have a stock answer.

    I carried a (rented) SPOT on one longish (planned two-week) hike, for my wife's peace of mind. Nowadays she's more confident that if...
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    "Becoming softer" is something that parents...

    "Becoming softer" is something that parents lament of their kids' generation.

    Parents work hard to make sure that their kids have it easier than they did - and then resent the kids for it.
    ...
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    I wear prescrption orthotics that have a hard...

    I wear prescrption orthotics that have a hard shell, so I don't need an extra rock plate in the shoe. Before I got them, I wore green Superfeet, and they seemed to have a hard enough shell at least...
  19. I think that perhaps you didn't read carefully -...

    I think that perhaps you didn't read carefully - I said 'violent agreement.' But you got the point, anyway. :D
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    About a foot and a half here so far in the Mohawk...

    About a foot and a half here so far in the Mohawk River valley. Which is really no big deal around here.

    I was out this morning to run the snowblower. I think I'll wait to do it again until the...
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    Dried coffee grounds also are pretty good...

    Dried coffee grounds also are pretty good firestarter - they'll take a spark well, there's enough residual oil in them.

    Wow, vulgar names for plants are all over the place. You call LeucothoŽ...
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    About a foot and a half forecast here in the...

    About a foot and a half forecast here in the Mohawk River valley. I'm one of the people who canceled a hike this weekend - because the crud that Elf is getting is the same in Harriman, where we were...
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    Anyone who'd steal my gear is pretty stupid by...

    Anyone who'd steal my gear is pretty stupid by definition. It would be nearly worthless if fenced, even though some was unquestionably overpriced when new. There are surely better pickings elsewhere!...
  24. Dogwood, I think we're once again in 'violent...

    Dogwood, I think we're once again in 'violent agreement.'

    I don't hike where there are quota systems. First, the existence of a quota system indicates that the area is over-impacted, in the...
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    I don't plan to sleep out of doors below about...

    I don't plan to sleep out of doors below about -10 įF. I'm good to hike a little bit below that, and live through the night if I'm caught out.

    That's enough to do weekends (if the weather forecast...
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