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    Seemed flat to me, but the truth is that most...

    Seemed flat to me, but the truth is that most sites at high elevation aren't going to be perfect. Its the compromise you pay for being up there, along with the extra wind bonus. Here's another,...
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    Another good point and I feel the same way about...

    Another good point and I feel the same way about my prep. And the prep is not that hard, but it does require some time to think about things. I think many of the tragic mistakes we see are simply...
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    How about I show you? First you have steps, then...

    How about I show you? First you have steps, then its large rocks, a couple of them which require hands to stablize that first step up. Steps are much worse in my opinion, but that's because you're...
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    Its not that far, and well worth the side trip. ...

    Its not that far, and well worth the side trip. The TH is a half mile from Mooney Gap and it might be another half mile to the end of the ridgewalk. Was there one day and all of a sudden we had...
  5. Yeah, the flip-flop is always there for you, no...

    Yeah, the flip-flop is always there for you, no shame in doing that, and it can get you hiking in NE in the fall - something I would choose to do anyway. I don't think you want to be pushing the...
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    I have a love for the AT, but since a thru is not...

    I have a love for the AT, but since a thru is not a possiblity for me right now, I end up hiking sections over and over, like all of Ga N and S and some W.NC sections. I'm always surprised how new...
  7. Thread: NOBO flip flop

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    Your plan sounds solid. You'd be leaving after...

    Your plan sounds solid. You'd be leaving after the horde, which is great, but don't plan on having any firewood. (which may not be an issue for you, and its not for me)

    I don't have any...
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    This is a great reminder to those of us who enjoy...

    This is a great reminder to those of us who enjoy hiking solo. And anyone reading (crickets probably) that enjoys "done in a day" activities of this variety that perhaps don't seem so extreme, but...
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    Full pack? Assume so since pretty much anything...

    Full pack? Assume so since pretty much anything is doable with a day pack. A worse version of Kelly Knob is about right for that first climb out of Bly, though its longer and the footing is worse. ...
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    In very layman's terms, the higher loft fill...

    In very layman's terms, the higher loft fill power = fluffier down. That translates to less down used per square inch, or whatever volume measure they use, but less down in this case doesn't mean...
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    Wish I was going as I have some clear whiskey. ...

    Wish I was going as I have some clear whiskey. ;)
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    Thanks for that. I'm unable to find where boxes...

    Thanks for that. I'm unable to find where boxes have been installed, maybe I'll just have to get out in Ga more and find out.
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    bear boxes on trail?

    One of the things I find myself doing is clearing up misinformation on Facebook posts regarding hiking. People should be using WB more, but it is what it is. Anyway, I'm not aware of bear boxes on...
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    Depending on when you hike, you're gonna get wet....

    Depending on when you hike, you're gonna get wet. That's why most folks do wear trail shoes as opposed to WP boots. I do wear GTX low Salomons as they will keep my feet dry in the a.m. from the dew...
  15. Thread: Seasons?

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    Being from GA and hiking into NC/TN, I just love...

    Being from GA and hiking into NC/TN, I just love October. September tends to be a transition month with a definite edge off the heat but still high humidity. November can be really cold, but...
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    Agreed with this. We all have a tendency to have...

    Agreed with this. We all have a tendency to have untested perceptions that would seem to be factual but aren't. Ask your family to test theirs. Its a fact that bears live in the same woods you...
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    This is true, its like they have no reason to lie...

    This is true, its like they have no reason to lie anymore. Or all the reason... :-?
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    I think this is relative to campground camping. ...

    I think this is relative to campground camping. Most of those tents have relatively stout floors, and usually only minimal flys to keep rain out. With likely going in and out regularly in those, I...
  19. If looking for anything closer to FL, whether a...

    If looking for anything closer to FL, whether a scenic detour on the way back, or another trip, here are a few suggestions:

    The Roan Mountain balds are very popular with good reason. Its an easy...
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    That area would be great for something like that....

    That area would be great for something like that. However, its a popular section and you'd want to know what areas have large enough sites for your group if in tents. If hammocking then you should...
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    Excellent!! Enjoy what I'm sure will not be your...

    Excellent!! Enjoy what I'm sure will not be your final journey!
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    Yes you are, but everyone kinda is at first,...

    Yes you are, but everyone kinda is at first, everyone has their own thing they have to face. Just think about your earlier hiking and was it a problem then? I've hiked a lot in the SE, but I will...
  23. GORP - Good Ole Resting People

    GORP - Good Ole Resting People
  24. Spam? YouTube hit generator?

    Spam? YouTube hit generator?
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    From the SE and been to the Rockies 3 times, each...

    From the SE and been to the Rockies 3 times, each time for me it was ok 1-2 days to get over the initial body shock - screaming headache - of the elevation. 2x in Denver, another in Lyons for a day...
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