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    By about Day 3 I felt sorry for the cur so I gave...

    By about Day 3 I felt sorry for the cur so I gave her some of my food.



    Brush Mt is my favorite trail on the Citico side---and needs more boots.



    I was swarmed and lucky to be alive.
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    I flagged down a hunter who knew the owner in a...

    I flagged down a hunter who knew the owner in a truck and took old blue with him.
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    49704 A hunting dog discovers me on North Fork's...

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    A hunting dog discovers me on North Fork's Camp 7 and stays with me for 5 full days.

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    At the North Fork/South Fork split---so I head up SF trail.

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    Brewing up sassafras tea...
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    49697 I say goodbye to my Bob neighbors---Dewey,...

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    I say goodbye to my Bob neighbors---Dewey, Terri, Dean and Hope.

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    I leave the Bob and start down Trail 54A(N) to Cherry Log Gap and North Fork trail.

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    North Fork trail is...
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    49690 I finally finish Brush Mother trail and...

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    I finally finish Brush Mother trail and take Trail 149 to Cold Gap and climb hard up to Bob Bald and along the way run into Oats---a BMT thruhiker.

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    We're in a 3 month drought so...
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    49683 A natural blaze on Brush Mt trail---and...

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    A natural blaze on Brush Mt trail---and heading up steeply to Skull Flats.

    49684
    The trail leaves Brush Creek and climbs up Ike Peak into a hell zone of sawbriar so I stop for this 30...
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    49676 After a night on North Fork Creek I...

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    After a night on North Fork Creek I backtrack up SF trail and prepare to cross SF Creek to begin my 7 day adventure on Brush Mt Trail #97---the hardest trail in Citico. Boots on under the...
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    18 Days on Grand Grassy Gap Loop

    This Sept/Oct 2022 backpacking trip happens in TN in Citico Creek wilderness by starting in Grassy Gap down to South Fork Creek and up Brush Mt trail where I spend 7 days clearing it and then...
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    I lived in a NC ridgetop Tipi for 21 years w/o...

    I lived in a NC ridgetop Tipi for 21 years w/o electricity and relied on these things for cooking, heat and light.

    First, a good wood stove which cooked food like brown rice on top.

    Second, an...
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    Heading from Bald River road trailhead and going...

    Heading from Bald River road trailhead and going up. Bald River is crossing #1 then 10 Kirkland crossings etc. Crossing 12 is unneeded but if done puts you in a beautiful "secret" campsite.
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    Sometimes it's better to go up Kirk first thereby...

    Sometimes it's better to go up Kirk first thereby pulling the pesky big BR crossing right off so whatever storms hit you have the much easier Kirk crossings which never get crazy or I should say...
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    One way to solve the "Mummification"...

    One way to solve the "Mummification" dilemma---the constriction that comes with being zipped up tight---is to get an overkill down mummy bag and use it as an open quilt 90% of the time so you can...
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    I just backpacked this loop in May, 2022 but...

    I just backpacked this loop in May, 2022 but started in Mud Gap on the BMT and spent my first night on Whiggs Meadow and then dropped down to Tellico River and Pheasant Fields---your starting...
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    In the old days the best down bag you could get...

    In the old days the best down bag you could get (think 1975) was North Face with 550 down fill. If pulled apart the down looked clumped-up with plenty of quills---almost like a modern day feather...
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    The "best" down bag has the highest down fill...

    The "best" down bag has the highest down fill (like 850 to 900 fill power) therefore it's the warmest and lightest with the best compression, i.e. stuffing in a small sack. Think Western...
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    The old valves were metal and of course when...

    The old valves were metal and of course when blown up they leak air until closed. You can blow into the valve and press it up to your lip to hold air as you take another breath. On your last breath...
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    The ALICE pack can be worn two ways---as a big...

    The ALICE pack can be worn two ways---as a big heavy lump on your back w/o frame---or with the frame and hipbelt. I much preferred the pack without frame as my frame was too short and the hipbelt...
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    There's at least 400 miles of trails south of the...

    There's at least 400 miles of trails south of the Smokies for the interested backpacker---so you never have to get a permit or pay cash money or tell the Tent Cops where you'll be sleeping every...
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    Reminds me of the couple times I went to Tomato...

    Reminds me of the couple times I went to Tomato Head restaurant in Maryville and got a burrito go order and took it out on a backpacking trip.

    https://thetomatohead.com/

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    I posted this...
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    I require inflatable air-cushioned sleeping pads...

    I require inflatable air-cushioned sleeping pads for my backpacking trips---for comfort of course. All of them are inflated bags waiting to blow or get punctured---and so the Plan B emergency pads...
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    49493 I check out the damaged North Fork...

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    I check out the damaged North Fork footbridge.

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    A small trash fire on Citico Creek on Day 17 of the trip.

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    Day 18 and I leave Citico wilderness on a 5 mile roadwalk in the...
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    49486 I leave my low NG trail CS and backtrack...

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    I leave my low NG trail CS and backtrack up NG trail and near the top of the tough hike there are 8 swtichbacks to ease the pain. I rest here where switchback 5 becomes SB 6.

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    In...
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    49479 Any increased air pressure and the pad...

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    Any increased air pressure and the pad blows out seams to result in this---and it doesn't make a "great pillow" because all of the cushioning below the bulge is going into the bulge so the...
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    49472 I leave Bob Bald and head east along Bob's...

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    I leave Bob Bald and head east along Bob's Wall (part of the BMT) and hit several sections like this---bramble walls requiring copious clipping with my Felco pruners.

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    I reach...
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    18 Days with a Blown Thermarest

    This backpacking trip starts out on the Benton MacKaye trail at Beech Gap on the NC/TN state line. It's notable for having my newish Thermarest Trail Pro pad blow seams and crap out on me by Day 2...
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