I just got back from an 11 day section hike starting at 19E in Tn and ending at Grayson Highlands. Many of the thru hikers had already sent back all their cold weather gear. I am very fearful we are going to have a hypothermia tragedy, the weather has lulled many hikers into a false sense of security, and those mtns can turn on you quick. Just a word of caution dont ship your cold weather gear back too early. I know it can be tempting to drop weight and make miles but not at the cost of your life. cold and wet can kill!