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    Check on availability back around the NOC. All...

    Check on availability back around the NOC. All sorts of rental cabin options in the Gorge. :)
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    Mary shuttled me last year in North Georgia. ...

    Mary shuttled me last year in North Georgia. Great experience!
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    Don't know. But I can definitely feel the...

    Don't know. But I can definitely feel the temperature difference from inside to outside on my conventional, double wall one person tent (MSR Hubba). If I had to guess, maybe five degrees warmer...
  4. One of my favorite pieces of gear I use in cold...

    One of my favorite pieces of gear I use in cold weather is a cheap 100 wt fleece pullover. Typically a department store brand, like from WalMart. Great in damp and wet weather. I don't even care...
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    Absolutely! Half the fun of hiking the AT is...

    Absolutely! Half the fun of hiking the AT is meeting all the interesting characters. Of course, they probably think the same thing when they meet me!
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    I always carry a 1 liter Poweraide bottle with my...

    I always carry a 1 liter Poweraide bottle with my cook pot (Snow Peak 600) snugged onto the bottom, plus a 20 ounce Gatoraide bottle. Through drier stretches, will carry an additional 1 liter wide...
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    THIS! Order from a great online retailer like...

    THIS! Order from a great online retailer like REI. They have a great return policy if you get it at home and determine it won't meet your need. :)
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    My cook pot (snow peak 600) which nestles on the...

    My cook pot (snow peak 600) which nestles on the bottom of a 1 liter Poweraid bottle. It sits in an external pocket of my Exos pack and makes a very handy, low bulk package.
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    I'm not a thru hiker. Have you looked at COBRA...

    I'm not a thru hiker. Have you looked at COBRA from your previous employer?
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    That first day after crossing the state line will...

    That first day after crossing the state line will be a killer...:)
  11. Are you talking about those cheap, aluminum-foil...

    Are you talking about those cheap, aluminum-foil blankets? The one's that come folded in about the size of a cigarette package? If so, can't see how they can be useful for anything but a one-time...
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    Slowed down? That's an understatement. Been a...

    Slowed down? That's an understatement. Been a member for well over 10 years and lurked for a while before that. This site has become a ghost town. Seems counter productive to encourage folks NOT...
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    Had a mouse get into a food bag many, many years...

    Had a mouse get into a food bag many, many years ago. Skipped eating the everything bagel that morning. Couldn't tell the difference between the poppy seeds and mouse poo...
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    Just my opinion. Get something light and not...

    Just my opinion. Get something light and not bulky, like a z lite short or one of the new Nemo Switchback short pads, and be done with it. Happy hiking. :)
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    I too used a Rat Sack years before I went with...

    I too used a Rat Sack years before I went with the Ursak Minor. Some of the chain links became broken/loose on it. Got a puncture in my air mattress from stuffing it next to the RS in my pack. :(
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    I witnessed a flying squirrel on the bear bag...

    I witnessed a flying squirrel on the bear bag cables at that very shelter one dark evening while heading away to take a pee. This was well over a decade ago. I have been using an Ursak Minor and...
  17. That's the beauty behind doing an out and back! ...

    That's the beauty behind doing an out and back! Nothing gets you into trail shape better than hiking the trail. You just have to start out slowly and accept the fact that the first few days will be...
  18. Just the thought of this exhausts me. :eek: I...

    Just the thought of this exhausts me. :eek:

    I hiked Clingman's to FD in three days thinking it was all down hill and would be easy. Live and learn.

    Good luck with your challenge. I you do...
  19. I'm a cold sleeper. I stick to a mummy bag...

    I'm a cold sleeper. I stick to a mummy bag durring colder weather. I only use a very lightweight quilt in the summer time. :)
  20. I've done WSG south on the AT to Rock Gap and...

    I've done WSG south on the AT to Rock Gap and back several times over the years as an easy day hike. If you want to get to the SI campground, you will need to road walk from Rock Gap to the...
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    Passed thru there last Tuesday (4-23) while doing...

    Passed thru there last Tuesday (4-23) while doing the Loop and saw nothing as noted in these posts.
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    Maybe because it's a CEMETERY? :eek:

    Maybe because it's a CEMETERY? :eek:
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    ...and eat Tide Pods for lunch. :)

    ...and eat Tide Pods for lunch. :)
  24. The Fontana Hilton does have a solar powerd cell...

    The Fontana Hilton does have a solar powerd cell phone charging station provided by TVA. Last time I was there, it was occupied by several lazy wasps. Apparently, they have a need for electricity...
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    Now, if we can only get the bears to feed on the...

    Now, if we can only get the bears to feed on the mice while hanging out in the shelters. :)
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