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answered My head torch/lamp has a red mode, why?
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answered What kind of car do I need to reach most hiking trailheads near Boulder Colorado, Rocky Mountain NP
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comment How to attach signs to trees considering tree growth?
@Scott: Live trees are really the only realistic options at trail intersections. Posts cost money, need to be carried to the site, are difficult to dig holes for, and don't keep the sign high enough to be out of reach of casual vandals.
Mar
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comment How to attach signs to trees considering tree growth?
I wish I could accept this answer too.
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accepted How to attach signs to trees considering tree growth?
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comment How to attach signs to trees considering tree growth?
Thanks. This is exactly the kind of answer I was looking for, although not the answer I wanted to hear. Can you provide a few links to the "lot of resources" you mention about fixing items to trees.
Mar
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comment How to attach signs to trees considering tree growth?
Thanks for trying to help, but this is not what I was asking. I want the signs to move outward with the tree as it grows. The question is how to attach to allow that. If the nail is really solidly in the tree, then the growth pressure can't push it out. Not solid enough, and the sign will come off on its own from wind, freeze/thaw cycles, etc. As I said, I expect the tree to grow several inches in radius over the life of the sign. I don't want nails sticking out that far.
Mar
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comment How to attach signs to trees considering tree growth?
Good point. I can put a backing board behind the aluminum signs. What kind of nails do you use for this case (length into tree, diameter, material)? And in case it matters, what kind of trees?
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comment How do I find known and documented trails for trail running in New England?
@Ben: OpenStreeMap can also be wrong, especially about not telling you trails are on private property and maybe you are not supposed to be there. That said, we (the Groton MA Trails Committee) is making a concerted effort to accurately map the trails and clean up OpenStreetMap. Every time I map a new area and go to OSM, I'm always impressed by two things: How much detail there already is, but also how off some of the detail is. It will probably be a couple of years before the OSM trail data for our town is properly cleaned up.
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answered How do I find known and documented trails for trail running in New England?
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comment How do I find known and documented trails for trail running in New England?
You really should fill in your location in your profile. Remeber, it's not for you, it valuable context and a courtesey to us.
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answered How can I vet a hiking partner without potential hard feelings?
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comment How should I traverse fields with horses in?
@james: You're in one of the few places you can regularly see wild horses. I agree, wild horses are really no problem at all. They won't let you get close and they have plenty of room to move. I've never had a problem with open range cattle either, but I do know someone that was chased a short distance by a bull.
Feb
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comment How should I traverse fields with horses in?
@Aravona: Large areas of National Forests and BLM (Bureau of Land Management) land in the western US are leased for ranching. You commonly see dried cow plops while hiking, even in fairly remote places. Encountering live cattle is much rarer, but it happens. I have personally never encountered a horse in such places that wasn't actively tended by humans at the time. Horses with riders or in a pack train are not unusual, but I've never encountered free-ranging horses, even in a large fenced area. You'll be lucky to see wild horses at all, even at a distance.
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answered How should I traverse fields with horses in?
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comment Do polarized sunglasses protect against snow blindess?
Actually highly glancing will decrease polarization relative to somewhat less glancing. There is a optimal angle of polarization. Both more perpendicular and more glancing decrease polarization from that angle. Still, your overall point is correct in that under the right circumstances, a good part of the light coming off snow in front of you can be polarized, and polarized glasses help in that case.