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    Default According to the 1936 Guidebook....

    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!

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    ah yes, creosote. I find it easier to just roll around on "sweaty" railroad ties in the hot summer

    Kirk

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    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.

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    the whole thing sounds like tar, is the idea that the flies get stuck in it and suffocate?

    K

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    Quote Originally Posted by spyboy
    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.

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    Very interesting to hear what things were like way back then. In the midst of the great depression...

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    Sounds like a recipe for a really bad day!
    Steve
    Is there really any BAD weather???

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    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

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    I had to find out whether or not the fly dope was a sticky substance or an aromatic reprellant and found this with the first search. Check out the Deer Fly strips.
    Every landscape which is dreary enough has a certain beauty to my eyes, and in this instance
    its permanent qualities were enhanced by the weather. H.D. Thoreau

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gorque
    I had to find out whether or not the fly dope was a sticky substance or an aromatic reprellant and found this with the first search. Check out the Deer Fly strips.
    Worst... domain name... ever!

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