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Jan
26
comment Is there a (long-distance-) trail without any available maps?
It's now been two days and the OP hasn't corrected or clarified the question at all, even though he was here only 5 hours ago. This could have been a good question, but is not in its current form. Since the OP is refusing to cooperate, it's time to close this failure and move on.
Jan
24
comment Is there a (long-distance-) trail without any available maps?
Then you should make it clear you are soliciting your services. I shouldn't have to ask to find this out. It puts your offer into a whole different light, and makes a huge difference, as there is little or no budget for the vast majority of trails. It also helps, especially when representing yourself professionally, to actually answer the questions that were asked. Your behavior here has so far been rather off-putting. Of course a professional needs to make a living, but the question was whether this was a professional or volunteer offer, so your answer is a bit rude.
Jan
24
comment What animal makes odd footprints and squeaking sounds under my guest house?
A better idea of size and stride distance would be useful, but possibilities include raccoon, possum, and porcupine.
Jan
24
comment Is there a (long-distance-) trail without any available maps?
Where is a reasonable work area for you? Are you expecting to get paid for this?
Jan
8
comment Legality of “semi-permanent” wooden structures in state and national forests in the US
@ab2: I think you mean this one: outdoors.stackexchange.com/q/8165/1854
Jan
2
comment What are the different stages of frostbite?
Why why why didn't you head back as soon as the problem was discovered? Also, there is something seriously wrong with his new ski boots if they let his feet get that cold. These things are usually well insulated, so they were probably way too tight and cut off circulation. That begs the question why he went out at all with boots that must have felt tight right at the start.
Dec
24
comment Staying safe from hunters while hiking in France
Nice pictures, but some of them don't seem to have anything to do with your points. The one of Half Dome isn't anywhere near France, and I suspect a number of others aren't either.
Dec
10
comment Municipal invasive species committee experiences?
@Shem: Many invasive species infestations are too large and entrenched to remove reasonably, and would re-invade quickly anyway. Most of our activities will probably be public education, keeping a database, and letting the various groups already doing this work know what each other are doing. Since mitigation work will be done largely by volunteers, actual expenditure is mostly supplies. Several land owners are addressing this individually, and would probably welcome additional volunteer help. We'll start on public land, but ultimately you have to take a whole-ecosystem view.
Dec
10
comment Municipal invasive species committee experiences?
We had a meeting last night and formally decided to propose the applicator license thing to the town. It's a small town, and most people in town government and on volunteer committees know each other. I know how to proceed, which in this case is have a chat with the town manager. I was more wondering if anyone had been thru a similar process, discovered pitfalls, etc. We do have a botanist on the committee. We hope to get most things done with volunteer labor. That's generally how things like this are done in this town. We are volunteers too.
Dec
9
comment Municipal invasive species committee experiences?
I can't seem to find that. It would be good if you explained here what point you are trying to make, with a link as reference or background material. From the title I'm guessing this is the common argument that it's all nature and we should chill out and let whatever happen that is going to happen. If that's your point, please state it properly so that it can be properly responded to.
Dec
9
comment Protect yourself from a lightning strike
See also outdoors.stackexchange.com/q/3012/1854, outdoors.stackexchange.com/q/6010/1854
Dec
7
comment What is this marker stone
Then maybe it's marking the spot where the previous 125 mail wagons sank into the muck.
Dec
7
comment What is this marker stone
Just a guess, but BP could refer to Bundespost? That's the german post office, although theirs handles other communications means (or at least used to) also. I don't know what the markers might have been for, but that may give you some ideas on how to search.
Nov
30
comment Wood versus plastic trail signs?
@ab2: See the new answer I just posted. Let me know if you want any more details.
Nov
24
comment Wood versus plastic trail signs?
@ab2: It already has been decided earlier this year, and officially approved by our Conservation Commission for use on their properties. 2 signs have already been installed, and another 9 are ready to be installed. I also gave a talk on this at the annual MA state trails conference earlier this month. I'll try to post a detailed answer about it later (at work right now and only have time for this comment).
Nov
23
comment What's the safest way to hike up a steep slope in deep snow?
Where's the rest of that clip? It stops just as it gets really interesting where the snow and the skier are being funneled thru a constriction.
Nov
23
comment Is listening to music on earphones while hiking safe enough?
@Unsung: Rattlesnakes create sound by rattling, but it sounds more like a hiss. Its fairly high frequency and continuous. It's not at all like a baby rattle, for example. If you just played the sound to people that didn't know what it was, I think most would say that "hiss" is a better description than "rattle". I used "hiss" to describe what it sounds like, not how the sound is produced.
Nov
21
comment Is it safe to eat poison ivy berries since I don't react to the leaves?
Immunity to poison ivy can change unpredictably. I used be immune, but not any more. Now I get a pretty serious reaction. The same thing happened to my grandfather. He was immune and weeded poison ivy with his hands, until one day it didn't work for him anymore.
Nov
20
comment Wood versus plastic trail signs?
It went very well. I guess it's a hot topic with others too. The room was packed, with 15-20 more people standing in the back. The audience seemed interested and asked a lot of good questions. I heard later from others that the talk was well received, so I'm quite pleased.
Nov
18
comment In a survival situation what all I can use from a green coconut?
"coconut-tree" is a really bad tag, as coconut plants aren't trees, but palms.