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FisherCat
11-12-2007, 01:56 PM
I happened to snag a copy of a 1936 AMC Guidebook(always wanted one prior the 1938 hurricane)and found some neat tips it included.
Since winter is soon upon us (hopefully in all its fury!)the guidebook provided the following recommended snow depths before skiing any of these hiking trails:
Carter Dome Trail-8 in., for intermediates & experts
19 Mile Trail-6 in., all classes of skiiers
Mt. Willard Trail-8 in. , for intermediates, 800ft. vertical
Cascade Brook Trail-(notes trail is 6-10ft. wide)10 in.,intermediates
Mt. Kinsman Trail-from Bald Knob to highway-10in, lower 5/8mi., for novices
Mt Hale Trail-(notes trail is 6-10ft.wide)10-12in., for intermediates, 2000ft. vertical
Downes Brook Trail-from Swift River-Sleeper Trail, 12 in.
MT W Carraige Road-4 in. It notes though the Halfway House is closed, you may build a fire there but expect no provisions

This was interesting, on p.499 under "Suggestions for Walking Trips" in order to traverse from Zealand Notch to Zealand Falls Hut, you may leave your car or camp at the Willey House Station, but you will(get this)park at your own risk. Apparently break-ins were happening then too!

It also recommended a 5 day hike in the Mahoosuc Range but noted the following "by evening train to Portland,morning train(C.N.R.R.)to Bethel, where supplies may be purchased., take mail stage or hire car to Grafton Notch(20m)and ascend to Speck Pond Shelter in afternoon. Starting early on the "fourth day", catch afternoon train(C.N.R.R.) from Shelburne to Portland, returning to Boston next morning. This shortens the trip by 1.5 working days."
How easy we have it now!

Also included for next spring and summer p.530 provides the recipe for "Pinkham Notch Fly Dope" as follows:
3 oz. pine tar
2oz. citronella
1 oz. olive oil
1 oz. oil of pennyroyal
1 oz. creosote
1 oz. powdered camphor
1 large tube carbolated vaseline
It notes " not recommended for delicate complexions or sensitive nostrils."

Pretty neat stuff and just thought I would pass it along, maybe others would find it interesting!

spyboy
11-12-2007, 03:13 PM
ah yes, creosote. I find it easier to just roll around on "sweaty" railroad ties in the hot summer :)

Kirk

FisherCat
11-12-2007, 04:11 PM
and pennyroyal too! I had no idea what it even was, I had to look it up. Minty but potentially deadly. Or camphor either, which is a white, waxy compound found in evergreens in Asia. This stuff sounds like a lot of work.

spyboy
11-12-2007, 04:27 PM
the whole thing sounds like tar, is the idea that the flies get stuck in it and suffocate?

K

FisherCat
11-12-2007, 04:35 PM
the whole thing sounds like tar, is the idea that the flies get stuck in it and suffocate?

K
I think that in the end one of the two parties involved will suffocate.

Mike D
11-12-2007, 05:08 PM
Very interesting to hear what things were like way back then. In the midst of the great depression...

Steve M
11-12-2007, 09:17 PM
Sounds like a recipe for a really bad day!

spyboy
11-13-2007, 12:53 AM
If enough black flies get stuck in the mix you don't even have to hike to the summit, they'll air lift you there :)

K

Gorque
11-13-2007, 07:40 AM
I had to find out whether or not the fly dope was a sticky substance or an aromatic reprellant and found this (http://www.predatorpee.com/old_woodsman.html) with the first search. Check out the Deer Fly strips. :D

Mike D
11-13-2007, 11:01 AM
I had to find out whether or not the fly dope was a sticky substance or an aromatic reprellant and found this (http://www.predatorpee.com/old_woodsman.html) with the first search. Check out the Deer Fly strips. :D

Worst... domain name... ever!

donnellyvj
11-13-2007, 01:02 PM
The Deerfly strip is pretty gross.

FisherCat
11-13-2007, 01:13 PM
True, but the crushed felt hats are cool, I haven't had one in years and hadn't found them online till now.

Brad
11-13-2007, 04:35 PM
When I read the recipe I was thinking about the foul smelling stuff we used as kids. Smelled like tar - and was called Woodsman Fly Dope. Now I see it is still out there!

RobertRogers
11-21-2007, 06:19 PM
The insect repellent formula reminds me of my all time favorite: Old Woodsman. Ah yes indeed. We used to wear it while land surveying in the Conway area just to get a rise out of the secretaries when came back to the office in the evening.