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  1. Appalachian Trail - Compton Gap to Gravel Springs - Columnar Jointing Formation


    This hike is in the northern most section of Shenandoah National Park and ascends Compton Peak where there is a unique rock formation called Columnar Jointing. Iíve included some links below describing the formation. The hike to visit the formation is 2.4 miles round trip and has 835 feet of elevation gain to hike. The parking is very good at mile marker 10.5 and the hike well worth it just to visit the rock formation. The hike guide can be found ...
  2. Steak for dinner

    Quote Originally Posted by -Rush- View Post
    When I'm in Gatlinburg I go to Cherokee Grill. It looks upscale for a hiker, but the staff is nice and it's casual dress. When I was there the $8 pours of Glenfiddich 12 were generous.
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  3. whats your favorite protein bar and why?

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    14oz Ribeye Medium-Rare
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  4. Hostels and Shower Shoes

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    Having been on hikes with and without, in hostels with and without, I prefer to have a pair of 5oz flip-flops in my kit. The UL option, and one I've employed in the Smokies of all places, is to use two large ziploc bags from my first day or two of food to cover my feet. This would work fine in the shower.
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  5. Section Hike - Ashby Gap to Manassas Gap - Dick's Dome and Whiskey Hollow Shelters


    Continuing my section hike of the Appalachian Trail Southbound, I decided to pick up where I left off at the parking at 601 near I50 and continue through Sky Meadows State Park to Dickís Dome Shelter, the new Whiskey Hollow Shelter at the same location, and through to Manassas Gap Shelter. This leaves a small section between Jim and Molly Denton and the roadside parking at US 522 left for me to complete in this area. The trail up to Sky Meadows, ...
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