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    Water Bladder

    I keep my water bladder insulated, but I find that the hose is better left uninsulated. When it freezes it will then thaw faster. I keep the bladder on my chest (where is is nice and steamy ) and I...
  2. Thread: Rain gear

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    Yes, waterskiing

    The shell is great windproofing without holding in the water....the cold water doesn't bother me, but the windchill can. A Shorty just smells and is a pain to get in and out of...Ok so my hiking gear...
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    I use Marmot Precip pants and Jacket. They are...

    I use Marmot Precip pants and Jacket. They are lightweight, supposedly breatheable (I sweat in everything anyway) and can be purchased for somewhere in the $60 range.

    They get used for hiking,...
  4. Greg, Good luck getting in shape for the MW...

    Greg,

    Good luck getting in shape for the MW hike, not that the others won't be a great experience. As for starting small it's a good way to go. You can look at some of the samll conservation areas...
  5. Thread: Itinerary Help

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    Without any other information...start with the...

    Without any other information...start with the AMC maps and White Mountains Guide. That's an ambitious trip for a first timer, good luck
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    Hiking at Night

    Because of my schedule I do quite a bit of night hiking and have hiked Mt. Washington a few times in the dark. The wildlife is probably not the biggest concern you'd have. The terrain can be rough...
  7. I have experimented quite a bit with the...

    I have experimented quite a bit with the Microspikes, a Hillshound knockoff (called Mil-spec crampons) and regular old crampons. My first investment was the microspikes, which I liked and used daily...
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    It is a great trail for new hikers....except for...

    It is a great trail for new hikers....except for the rock section near the first top. If you are talking wet, snowy or icy then not recommended. On a nice day with people who don't mind a little bit...
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    You don't really get into the Natural Bowl part...

    You don't really get into the Natural Bowl part of the area on the Blueberry Ridge Trail up to the old fire tower location near the old summit of Mt. Whiteface. The trail up to the true summit will...
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    Did you really mean 2 gallons of water?

    Did you really mean 2 gallons of water?
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    I found it easiest to plan my trips around my...

    I found it easiest to plan my trips around my time and conditions. I ended with Isolation (like most completers do) because it was the most remote/insaccesible for me. I also got enough of lists so...
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    I saw a similar thread on VFTT and that was what...

    I saw a similar thread on VFTT and that was what got me to watching Northface. They also had some other ideas that I enjoyed:

    Southbounders - a fiction story about a Southbound AT hiker. The story...
  13. Thread: black flies

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    Flies

    No one is jumping in here so I'll give some input (FWIW). On July 22nd 2010 I was at Duck Pond (~3000 ft) in the evening and the black flies were trying to carry me away like the flying monkeys in...
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    Saw it and liked it generally (spoiler alert inside)

    So all of the things they did are the things they now teach us not to do! Of course it's just a movie, but they seemed to push on in spite of everything. I can't imagine sleeping in that storm in a...
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    We don't want no stinkin feet

    Without getting too political...the whole barefoot thing is just hipocrisy. You can go in with flip flops that are little more than a sticker on the sole of your foot and your good, but not barefoot!...
  16. Thread: Is it just me?

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    Old Jackson up to Nelson Crag Trail is not very...

    Old Jackson up to Nelson Crag Trail is not very steep and fairly easy footing. Even barefoot would be pleasant with the leaves on the trail now. I haven't done Nelson Crag Trail except for from...
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    For Osceola see...

    For Osceola see http://www.viewsfromthetop.com/forums/showthread.php?t=23181&highlight=usgs+osceola particularly post #14 for the location of the survey mark
  18. Thread: Franconia Falls

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    Oh yeah, I forgot to mention the falls.....I will...

    Oh yeah, I forgot to mention the falls.....I will swim just about anywhere and I'll at least get in the water to rinse off as long as the temperature is above freezing. Franconia Falls just never...
  19. Thread: Franconia Falls

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    They kind of laughed when I asked last year....no...

    They kind of laughed when I asked last year....no permit is required now...I have been through there 3 times since then. I think that may have been my trip report you saw.
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    I think Osceola has one, but it is not on the...

    I think Osceola has one, but it is not on the ledges with the views it's back in the scrub (that is from a discussion on VFTT not my own seeing it).

    I think (I just guessing here) the idea is that...
  21. You can do some searches here and on vftt.com for...

    You can do some searches here and on vftt.com for other traverse reports. The short answer is no, you can't do it in daylight, unless you are going to be close to the fastest known time (FKT)...
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    Ditto on the Zeacliff...steep and rough just...

    Ditto on the Zeacliff...steep and rough just under the "Zeacliffs", but overall a beautiful hike with good views of Whitewall Mtn West Slope along the drop. Quieter than the AT too. Water is...
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    You never know what the conditions will be, but...

    You never know what the conditions will be, but the Southern Whites especially the ones with a southern exposure will likely be snow free. Whiteface up the Blueberry Ledge Trail is a southerly...
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    This one was notable...not ncessarily the...

    This one was notable...not ncessarily the biggest, but somewhat touching...

    http://lh3.ggpht.com/_YG17xib3hdU/TH-8E07UmRI/AAAAAAAAAlE/sNtxoGVvwdo/s720/GEDC0124

    Summit of Zealand Cairn
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    Ahhh...now this isn't really part 2 becuase the...

    Ahhh...now this isn't really part 2 becuase the last thread was for what we always carry...now for what is a favorite, but I rarely carry because of space and weight is fresh fruit like grapes or...
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