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(NewsCenter Maine)   Amateurs and dipshiats are out in force in the wilderness of Maine, with three rescues in the three days since Mt. Katahdin's been open to hiking   (newscentermaine.com) divider line
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2020-07-04 4:32:57 AM  
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The government's advice was almost never to stay inside.  It wasn't in any place that I'm aware of, but I suppose its possible that there are some weird state governments that went that far.

The government's advice was to *social distance*.  Social distancing may include staying inside in the middle of some cities, but many, many people live in places where you can go outside while still social distancing.  My parents live about a mile from their nearest neighbor.  The government was completely fine with them going outside.

Given that COVID transmission is waaaay lower outside, that hiking in somewhat remote areas like this involves social distancing to a greater degree than people who just sit in their house in a city, and that hiking has benefits for both physical and mental health, doing stuff like this is more than fine.  It's healthier for you and everybody else than just sitting around inside.

The only thing is that you have to make sure that you're up to hiking a remote area.  A lot of people aren't ready for it.
 
2020-07-04 4:08:59 AM  
5 votes:
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2020-07-04 6:18:37 AM  
3 votes:
Old fat people climb that mountain in great numbers every year. It amazes me to see the people who do it without breaking their necks. Not surprised at all that some do.

Talked with a ranger years ago who described waiting for a helicopter with a guy who didn't speak English and had fallen backwards, cracking open his head. The guy used his limited language skills to beg the ranger to kill him for hours while they waited. I try to be careful myself :)

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2020-07-04 4:37:41 AM  
3 votes:
And just to give an example:

Under California's "Stay at Home" order, it was perfectly fine to do many outdoor activities as long as you could social distance.  This included jogging and hiking:

https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/coron​a​virus/list-outdoor-activities-allowed-​in-california-during-stay-at-home-orde​r/2283995/

Going at people for doing something that was legal and safe is a classic example of "you're not helping".
 
2020-07-04 7:59:40 AM  
2 votes:

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In fairness, Maine has long had a tradition of rescuing dumbsh*ts in the woods and on the water. This spring was a slow year for idiots going kayaking too early and drowning. Because there are usually a half dozen folks who either get into serious trouble or just straight up die from exposure or drowning because they're dumbsh*ts.

Kind of like the folks who freeze to death in the Arizona desert every year.

This isn't really "news" so much as an illustration of the sort of dumbassery that folks in Maine see every single year.
 
2020-07-04 5:47:26 AM  
2 votes:
Isn't the "peak" of Mt. Katahdin an 8-10 hour round trip even for Fark's basement dwellers?
 
2020-07-04 4:48:18 AM  
2 votes:

Krazikarl: And just to give an example:

Under California's "Stay at Home" order, it was perfectly fine to do many outdoor activities as long as you could social distance.  This included jogging and hiking:

https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/corona​virus/list-outdoor-activities-allowed-​in-california-during-stay-at-home-orde​r/2283995/

Going at people for doing something that was legal and safe is a classic example of "you're not helping".


Look, I totally get what you're saying and maybe even agree to some degree buuuuut, going into activities that they're not even a tiny bit prepared for  which in turn leads to needing rescue is not helping either. (It's a dipshiat move without the Covid angle)
 
2020-07-04 6:38:25 PM  
1 vote:
My family and their friends climbed Mount Kahtarden once. In their ignorance and enthuisiasm they climbed up the wrong side, the harder side. It took them all day. They were also pulling shiat like that, God bless 'em.

My parents were among the people who walked across the Confederation Bridge when it opened. It's 11 fricking klicks, or nine miles US. Quite a walk. Although I am sure Drew could bike it easily.

And then hours to bus back and find their cars.

No wonder us Boomers look feeble compared to our parents. They were fit, damn it, children of the War and the Great Depression, not the Greatest Generation, but their rug rats.
 
2020-07-04 11:27:10 AM  
1 vote:
This is the trail she was on:
The Knife's Edge - Mt. Katahdin
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2020-07-04 9:38:40 AM  
1 vote:

maxandgrinch: Isn't the "peak" of Mt. Katahdin an 8-10 hour round trip even for Fark's basement dwellers?


I've gone up and down that mountain on every trail they have multiple times, and I can tell you that plenty of people that shouldn't be up there try it anyway.  They say assume 10-12 hours to hike the mountain to account for that, and my best was shy of 7 when I was in really solid hiking shape.  Roaring Brook up to Chimney Pond, up Saddle, across the Knife Edge and down Pamola.  There are shorter ways up (Abol) but you can't cross the knife edge unless you either want to go back across it or walk miles back to your car.
 
2020-07-04 8:33:23 AM  
1 vote:
So this is how it works. You start out at a parking lot. The first one here hours are on the hard side of moderate, I would say, as you as one hundred percent below the treeline. You then get to chimney pond. There is at least one cabin and leantos. The pond is not swimmable but it is potable. From there, you gave two ways of going up, one of which is the aforementioned knifes edge, which I have never done. I prefer to go the easier route, who has as part of it going up a rock slide.

So you have a choice, make it a day trip and hike up and down either steep cliff on both sides or a rock slide potentially in the dark. Or you can make reservations and stay at the bunkhouse cabin. No electricity, just bunks gas lighting wood stove (  I think, though I may be confusing that with Daicy Pond). Then you can get up in the morning and go hiking without having just hiked the first part.
 
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