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    Hopefully it will change by August but currently...

    Hopefully it will change by August but currently Sevier County is a Covid19 hot spot. Sevierville and Pigeon Forge are among the highest cases per 10,000 residents per capita in Tennessee. Newfound...
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    Big Creek Road is closed according to parks...

    Big Creek Road is closed according to parks website. I think that is the OP's problem.
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    Phased reopening

    https://www.facebook.com/130618693662136/posts/3005630302827613/
    Great Smoky Mountains National Park to implement a phased reopening of roads and trails beginning May 9. Campgrounds to remain...
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    For what it's worth National Trails Day in GSMNP...

    For what it's worth National Trails Day in GSMNP for 2020 has been cancelled. It would have been on the first Saturday in June.

    Also the Synchronous Firefly event for June is cancelled.

    State...
  5. Very well done. Impressive on several levels....

    Very well done.

    Impressive on several levels.

    The ability to do long miles consistently no doubt helped to keep costs down.
  6. This. Then work on GSMNP 900.

    This. Then work on GSMNP 900.
  7. Over the last few years I've worked on 6 trail...

    Over the last few years I've worked on 6 trail crews in GSMNP, 4 Sweat Crews and 2 Rocky Top Crews. These crews spend a week or so doing work on the AT. Sometimes the group is in a stealth location...
  8. Thread: Stop or Go?

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    I agree with TexasBob. "Wait...." Wednesday I...

    I agree with TexasBob. "Wait...."

    Wednesday I was set to go out to the section that I maintain in the Smokies but after the cancellations of sanctioned hikes by the Smoky Mountains Hiking Club I...
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    My plans were to begin a northbound section hike...

    My plans were to begin a northbound section hike at Harpers Ferry on May 2 and ending at Pawling, New York. I've arranged to drive up to Pine Grove Furnace with a friend, leave my car there then...
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    Deepest condolences for his family and friends.

    Deepest condolences for his family and friends.
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    I thought about that. But he did have...

    I thought about that.

    But he did have presence of mind to make a couple of cell phone calls before his battery died.
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    My health insurance is through the Marketplace,...

    My health insurance is through the Marketplace, formerly known as Obama Care. There was a choice of providers and I chose one that is major provider. You may want to Google healthcare.gov. The open...
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    This makes me think more about carrying a...

    This makes me think more about carrying a personal locator beacon.
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    Yes. Heavy rains can dilute the scent trail....

    Yes. Heavy rains can dilute the scent trail. Susan Clemons comes to mind. She went missing at Clingman's Dome in rain and fog.

    TN Hiker you are probably familiar with a recent incident in...
  15. Yeah. 2lbs. +

    Yeah. 2lbs. +
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    There is a service road for the Hike Inn.

    There is a service road for the Hike Inn.
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    Some things that come to mind are the stiles in...

    Some things that come to mind are the stiles in Virginia and Fat Man's Squeeze in Grayson Highlands . Dragon's Tooth has a short section that requires a hand over hand decent. Occasionally there will...
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    Higher altitude springs often go dry in the fall....

    Higher altitude springs often go dry in the fall. Last year the total rainfall was something like 20 inches above average yet in September/October the southeast had drought conditions in some areas...
  19. The REI on Knoxville carries lightweight Outdoor...

    The REI on Knoxville carries lightweight Outdoor Research gaiters similar to Dirty Girls in construction .

    You do know that Clingman's Dome Road is closed during the winter?
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    Note that the Verizon affiliated lower cost...

    Note that the Verizon affiliated lower cost carriers do not have the same coverage as a Verizon plan. Verizon contracts with other carriers for rural coverage while the discount plans do not.[/QUOTE]...
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    Is there a bubble of sorts following the flip...

    Is there a bubble of sorts following the flip flop festival ? I'm planning a north bound LASH from Harpers Ferry and wondering if it would be better to delay by a week or so after April 25th.
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    Knorr Pasta Sides are one of my go to meals. They are pretty common at dollar stores along with tuna packets.

    Clean up can be a challenge, but I usually take a two or three step approach. Cook and...
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    Neither link mentioned it but I would be...

    Neither link mentioned it but I would be concerned about rabies.

    But thankfully that wasn't the case here.

    I recall an incident several years ago where a sleeping hiker was bitten on the hand...
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    Best wishes on your section. I've seen hang tags...

    Best wishes on your section. I've seen hang tags the last few years on hikers on the section that I maintain in the Smokies. At first I assumed that they were attempting a thru hike. As a section...
  25. The more I think about this the better I like it....

    The more I think about this the better I like it.


    My last section hike ended in Harpers Ferry. We finished a little early so toured the historic section of town and crossed the Potomac. So even...
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