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    Opps.... didn't finish my editing. Please ignore...

    Opps.... didn't finish my editing.
    Please ignore everything after "That's why I compared it to the 900 Miler Club... it doesn't mater how you hike the trail, it only maters that you hiked the...
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    Technically you are correct... But I still see...

    Technically you are correct...

    But I still see all that as falling into the rough collection of "support level"...
    Especially since there are multiple levels to "slack packing".
    After all, just...
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    "Avoided the full experience" - I'll agree with...

    "Avoided the full experience" - I'll agree with that
    "took short cuts" - I'll disagree with that

    The main reason I'm going to disagree is because I see a similarity to someone who "did the AT"...
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    It's basically the difference between a...

    It's basically the difference between a "supported" hike an an "unsupported" hike.
    Though you could argue that anyone who so much as does a resupply is sort of a type of support.
    So it's really...
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    Never seen it, but unless it REQUIRES you to suck...

    Never seen it, but unless it REQUIRES you to suck on it to get the water pulled thru, I would think it would work. It's what I do with Sawyer filters. If the hose is about 3' long the gravity...
  6. You will (and apparently have) confused some...

    You will (and apparently have) confused some people talking and one direction or another entering/leaving TN/NC because the trail (especially thru GSMNP) follows the TN/NC border.
    But as others have...
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    Congratulations

    Congratulations
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    Was that you I dropped off at Climgmans Dome?

    Was that you I dropped off at Climgmans Dome?
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    There's only one shuttle service that I know of...

    There's only one shuttle service that I know of that is both operating out of the TN side of the park AND is permited by the National Park Service to do so.
    But by the time you book two trips...
  10. I would have requested a demonstration

    I would have requested a demonstration
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    I'm not 6'+, but I've loved my Copper Spur UL2 as...

    I'm not 6'+, but I've loved my Copper Spur UL2 as a great one-man tent. I do use a size Large NeoAir xLite (close to your height) and what I do (even though I don't have to) is sleep diagonally so...
  12. Yeah, the way the article read, it sure sounded...

    Yeah, the way the article read, it sure sounded like the helicopter was hovering at the campsite... not much of a hole in the trees there to pull off such an operation.
    It made me wonder if the new...
  13. I took the exact opposite attitude when I thru...

    I took the exact opposite attitude when I thru hiked the JMT solo. Even through I loaded up my phone with music, I didn't listen to it on the trail because I wanted to be able to hear anything...
  14. The news stories claim the helicopter was at the...

    The news stories claim the helicopter was at the camp site, and if you look at the area thru Google Earth, there is a small clearing to lower a hoist. I wondered if the news made a mistake and they...
  15. I looked at the area in Google Earth. Best I...

    I looked at the area in Google Earth. Best I could tell, as Maddron Bald trail starts heading up the hill, it looks like there is only about a 100' x 30' opening in the canopy. Not many news...
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    If the number of boils concern you, make sure to...

    If the number of boils concern you, make sure to get a Jetboil so that you can get the most out of your canister. Once you've done some test burns (preferably in real camping world conditions) and...
  17. Too bad people "not in their right mind" about...

    Too bad people "not in their right mind" about these things don't screw up more often and shoot themselves BEFORE remembering to shoot the other innocent person
  18. You have to carefully consider where you are when...

    You have to carefully consider where you are when you decide what food storage method you are going to use. It's one thing to be at some random spot along the AT or PCT and sleep with your food if a...
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    At least up in GSMNP, seems like it's been a...

    At least up in GSMNP, seems like it's been a relatively wet year.
    When there's water issues up there, it's usually not until September or October, the "dry" season... at least for the Smokies.
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    I got to borrow someone's FCUS1. That's where I...

    I got to borrow someone's FCUS1. That's where I learned I hated the "head" door compared to the "side" door. Just getting in the tent was like getting into your sleeping bag (which with a UL1,...
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    This one seems to be written a little better:...

    This one seems to be written a little better:...
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    I would think the UL1 would feel a bit...

    I would think the UL1 would feel a bit claustrophobic.

    By contrast, I've LOVED my UL2 as a single person tent.
    FWIW: There's only about a 25% weight difference in the UL1 and UL2.
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    I think I saw Joey's video a few months ago....

    I think I saw Joey's video a few months ago.
    Thanks for the update Patman.
    Don't know if I'll ever hike this old trail... but I know there's a couple of off-trail adventures on my todo list.
    But...
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    Full zip pants tend to be pretty heavy so I just...

    Full zip pants tend to be pretty heavy so I just don't buy them anymore. Besides, as Idailor points out, I usually don't like wearing them in the rain. I'm usually most likely to wear them early in...
  25. Welcome Zadok... "Above Treeline"... You do...

    Welcome Zadok...
    "Above Treeline"... You do realize this is the south where "treeline" is something like 8,000', yet the highest point east of the Mississippi is Mt Mitchell (in NC) at an elevation...
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