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    Wow. The southern Appalachians are perfect this...

    Wow. The southern Appalachians are perfect this time of year. I couldn't come up with a reason if I tried to not do a section like that in October.
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    The last time I was there was 3-4 years ago. Most...

    The last time I was there was 3-4 years ago. Most all of the buildings are gone - just a couple left - but there are still several foundations and you can get the basic sense of what existed even...
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    Me too. I stayed there once during a summer -...

    Me too. I stayed there once during a summer - sometime around 2008-2010 when the neighbor had the lights up and blasting NPR. When I stopped by there 2017 or 18 that situation had abated but things...
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    I suppose it could have been that neighbor, but...

    I suppose it could have been that neighbor, but from the thru hiker I talked with about said some pretty specific things that makes me sure it was her, plus I briefly chatted with another couple of...
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    Greasy Creek Hostel apparently closed

    This past weekend I hiked from Roan Mt. to Erwin. Apparently the hostel is closed. I encountered several thru hikers who had walked down to it expecting a place to stay after a long hike from Erwin...
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    All of the above. Plus I'll add that the time I...

    All of the above. Plus I'll add that the time I parked at Uncle Johnny's and got dropped off near Flat Top and hiked the RR back -- the headache that I had from several hours of creosote and oil from...
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    You don't have to make a lollipop from Daniel...

    You don't have to make a lollipop from Daniel Boone. There are two trails that go up from there trail. One is the Art Loeb that takes you to the base of Cold Mt, and the other takes you up to Shining...
  8. When I hike in the heat I start hiking before...

    When I hike in the heat I start hiking before dawn and go until 1 or so. Then I find a stream (which typically means low elevation) take a 3-4 hour break to clean up, nap, and water up then hike on...
  9. I still like to use tyvek. It's probably slightly...

    I still like to use tyvek. It's probably slightly heavier than plastic options but very durable and multi-use. And the price is right.
  10. Sam's Gap to Hot Springs fits your bill. Erwin to...

    Sam's Gap to Hot Springs fits your bill. Erwin to Hot Springs is a little bit more hiking but worth it too.
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    No. Starting at Beartree I get on the IMT and run...

    No. Starting at Beartree I get on the IMT and run it north until it intersects with the AT. (It intersects at that new-ish shelter is it called Hurricane?). Then take the AT south going past Scales,...
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    I've done a circuit a couple of times on the...

    I've done a circuit a couple of times on the north side of Damascus from Beartree Campground and once I did a figure-eight from Damascus. That area can't be beat and the next time I can grab a week...
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    I still have a Sling Light that goes with me on...

    I still have a Sling Light that goes with me on about 1/2 of my trips and gets use at all kinds of other shin digs. An added bonus, if I can't rise from it I know I've imbibed too much.
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    You picked the good weather week. Enjoy it!

    You picked the good weather week. Enjoy it!
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    I've done it twice, the last time was 2019. I...

    I've done it twice, the last time was 2019. I park at Beartree Campground and hike the loop that way. It is a great trail, I think. The only complaint I can come up with are from the horse riders who...
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    I was up around the shelton graves area last...

    I was up around the shelton graves area last week. It was a few days after a snow and it had been warmish for the season. At a glance at the long range local forecast, I'd say that for sure there...
  17. If you are doing a shuttle, I'd suggest going a...

    If you are doing a shuttle, I'd suggest going a little further and go ahead on to the Camp Creek Bald/Meadow area and spend a little bit of time up on the ridgeline. It doesn't add too many more...
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    One of those Boston Dynamics dog looking robots...

    One of those Boston Dynamics dog looking robots might do a fine job as a trail bum/rescue dog. It would probably have to spend most of its time doing its best Yogi hustle getting its battery charged...
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    I am so happy for this thread. My son and I just...

    I am so happy for this thread. My son and I just got back from two nights easy backpacking at King's Mountain Battlefield/State Park. Breakfast both mornings was sliced brown bread, fried crispy in...
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    Thanks. Got it. I just assumed that the trail...

    Thanks. Got it. I just assumed that the trail that runs through the national park was a section of the larger trail. I'll have to look at a map. I'm thinking of just going and wander around for 3-4...
  21. Obvious at the dirt road crossing. When you come...

    Obvious at the dirt road crossing. When you come off of Unaka, cross the road and it is right there. Flow is year round even when it is dry. No water on top of Unaka, it is however an awesome place...
  22. Water is too available around here lately. I'd...

    Water is too available around here lately. I'd wait a month. Seriously.
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    I am thinking of trying the ridgeline trail in...

    I am thinking of trying the ridgeline trail in Cumberland Gap NP next month. Is there a decent option to extend that hike on either end of the NP boundary?
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    I don't have a Windboiler. The Reactor is a lot...

    I don't have a Windboiler. The Reactor is a lot bigger stove and I doubt it would be practical. I'd guess you would lose the efficiency that makes these stoves so great, but more importantly it...
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