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Electrical engineering consultant specializing in microcontrollers and the circuitry around them. Master of engineering in EE from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1980.

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Jun
18
comment Wood versus plastic trail signs?
Your point about not knowing who will be around in the future is very good. I think you're right about going for longest-lasting, even if it costs more. At the Trails Committee meeting last night, there was more acceptance of plastic signs than I thought. We are planning a few kiosks with maps, but those will always be scarce due to high cost. We provide our maps on-line. Check out mappingsupport.com/p/gmap4.php?q=http://dl.dropbox.com/u/…
Jun
18
awarded  Scholar
Jun
18
accepted Wood versus plastic trail signs?
Jun
17
awarded  Nice Question
Jun
17
comment Wood versus plastic trail signs?
@Karen: We already have 4 different color plastic trail markers we use as blazes. The different colors are only so you can distiguish different trails within a local area. There is one ratsnest of trails in West Groton that required all 4 colors. Yes I know hardly anyone else has back woods trails signs in this area either, but that's mostly because trails just evolved on their own historically and nobody actively managed them. We are trying to do better in Groton, maybe even make it a hiking destination. We are the only town in the Montechusett region that even has a Trails Committee.
Jun
17
comment Wood versus plastic trail signs?
@Mr.Wiz: It looks like wood, but is weathering in a way I've never seen a wood sign do before. You are right in that the letters look too dark to be natural, so maybe they are burned. It's certainly readable now, but I wonder what it will be like in a few years. It would be nice to know how old it is and what type of wood it is made from. Where is this sign?
Jun
17
comment Wood versus plastic trail signs?
Thanks for a lot of good examples. I've been warned that while routed signs with paint in the grooves can look quite nice (like your Glen Boulder Trail example), the paint wears off quickly and it takes a lot of effort to maintain. Is that Bell Creek sign real wood or the new "composite" stuff? It looks like it belongs in the woods, and if it's composite it should last a very long time.
Jun
17
comment Wood versus plastic trail signs?
@gerrit: Those are road signs. The US also has consistent directional road signs (white letters on green background), but I wouldn't want to put those at trail junctions in the woods either. If Switzerland (or anyplace else for that matter) has a consistant policy for back-woods trail signs, I'd like to see that in a answer.
Jun
17
comment Wood versus plastic trail signs?
Stone markers like you show should last very long. But, we can have several feet of snow on the ground in winter, so a sign like that would be completely covered up. Otherwise its a interesting idea I hadn't thought of.
Jun
17
comment Wood versus plastic trail signs?
@Mr.Wizard: I don't have a picture of a plastic sign. I'll try to take one over the next few days and add it to the question. Go ahead and retag as you think is apporpriate. I didn't know there was a signage tag. You don't get to see all the tags when you really need to, which is when you're writing a question.
Jun
17
asked Wood versus plastic trail signs?
Jun
10
awarded  Necromancer
Jun
9
answered Is my tent pole a lightning rod?
Jun
9
answered What should I do when caught in lightning while in my tent?
Jun
5
comment Is drinking urine safe?
Drinking urine is a bad idea. I answered this question in detail at outdoors.stackexchange.com/a/5101/1854.
Jun
5
answered Swimming across a strong current
Jun
4
awarded  Necromancer
Jun
2
awarded  Nice Answer
Jun
1
comment What spider is it? Dangerous or not?
Post a picture. That really should be obvious.
May
28
answered Ways of attaching a DSLR on a ACT Trail 32 backpack