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    Out in the Weminuche of CO with 5 kids, rain...

    Out in the Weminuche of CO with 5 kids, rain every day, nothing to sit on but wet rock, wet log, or wet ground ... I did this. Shortened the sleeping pads of the 3 smallest kids, by 6".
    They...
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    https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/gwj/alerts-notices
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    You can gain some quick acclimatization just by...

    You can gain some quick acclimatization just by sleeping at high elevation.
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    I pay my car .50 per mile and myself $16 an hour,...

    I pay my car .50 per mile and myself $16 an hour, and it comes to about $180 to do this 205 mile (and 4.8 hours) trip.
    That's to pick up at Davenport and drop at Fontana, for one rider.
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    stop the dancing banana?

    please, or eliminate it
  6. dancing banana is so annoying

    dancing banana is so annoying
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    Here's the cmc hike map with annotations...

    Here's the cmc hike map with annotations
    https://www.carolinamtnclub.org/_maps/files/maps/0370_map.pdf?CFID=10319173&CFTOKEN=20692579
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    If you are going the full length of the South...

    If you are going the full length of the South Mills River trail, there are perhaps 10 river crossings without bridges. 3 bridges are within a couple miles of Turkey Pen parking area....
  9. I can do those shuttles, but it would cost around...

    I can do those shuttles, but it would cost around $400
    165 for the first one and 240 for the 2nd.
    I'm 45 minutes west of Asheville, so not exactly a direct shot.
    Send an IM if interested.
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    10' apart and 5' high works for eno hammock. Eye...

    10' apart and 5' high works for eno hammock. Eye bolt at that point means no strap is necessary.
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    I would also rather do this one NOBO. If you...

    I would also rather do this one NOBO. If you would go SOBO, the last half of your hike would be due west, into the setting sun.
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    Perhaps the only way to find out would be to try...

    Perhaps the only way to find out would be to try it again; maybe with a partner, so you don't have the added stress of being alone.
    Big Bend has elevation that you can quickly get down from, and...
  13. There is water in the stream below Max Patch,...

    There is water in the stream below Max Patch, just north of where the AT crosses the road.
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    Carolina Mtn Club (CMC) maintains 93 miles of AT...

    Carolina Mtn Club (CMC) maintains 93 miles of AT from Davenport Gap to Spivey Gap.
    https://www.carolinamountainclub.org/index.cfm/do/pages.view/id/19/page/Maintainer---AT

    They have regular...
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    For me to shuttle you, it would be 3.5 hours and...

    For me to shuttle you, it would be 3.5 hours and 170 miles, so $140
  16. Yeah at 4 hours and 135 miles driving, I'd ask...

    Yeah at 4 hours and 135 miles driving, I'd ask about 125. Plus 25 for 3rd passenger.
  17. If you need a shuttle, I can do it for 175

    If you need a shuttle, I can do it for 175
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    I am available to shuttle in this area. PM

    I am available to shuttle in this area.
    PM
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    I always offer the grateful hiker one of my extra...

    I always offer the grateful hiker one of my extra tools, if they want to help. Nobody has accepted the offer.
  20. Bike packing? You can't take wheels into Shining...

    Bike packing? You can't take wheels into Shining Rock.
  21. Taking the AT south from Devils Fork Gap, you are...

    Taking the AT south from Devils Fork Gap, you are going northbound on the AT -- towards Maine, not Georgia.
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    Now I may be more confused than before. You only...

    Now I may be more confused than before.
    You only get $60 for 4 hours of driving and 155 miles ?
    The hiker is going 39 miles with you at $1.54 per mile... And a group of 3 hikers would each be...
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    I would think the per-mile or per-hour price you...

    I would think the per-mile or per-hour price you charge is independent of how many hours or miles you do shuttling. Insurance costs are fixed, but otherwise the wear and tear and maintenance and gas...
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    For me to give you a ride, it would be 3.75 hours...

    For me to give you a ride, it would be 3.75 hours at $15 an hour, plus 134 miles at .50 per mile.
    That's 56 for my time and 67 for my car, or 123 dolla.
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    It's a trip of 210 miles for me, estimated 5...

    It's a trip of 210 miles for me, estimated 5 hours. At .50 a mile and $15 an hour, that would be 105 + 75 = $180
    If you can't get a "legit" shuttle service, send me an IM, and we might work...
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