I got a note from a couple of hikers who did part of the BMT in the Smokies. Apparently there are currently about 20-25 blow downs in the first 2.5 miles north of Twentymile Ranger Station. I have not heard any news yet about the rest of the BMT through the Smokies or in the adjoining Cherokee Forest which includes my section in the Slickrock Wilderness, but if that is any indication of what we will see, I imagine trail conditions are likely to not be good on the north end of the BMT for months. If anyone is hiking in that area anytime soon we would appreciate any feedback so we can start organizing crews and trying to get them out there where we can. Currently we are not allowed to do any saw work inside the GSMNP.