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    Thank you for every thing you've done and I'm...

    Thank you for every thing you've done and I'm sure will continue to do Ron. You are one of the folks that makes he trail a special place.

    In 1999, I walked about 4 miles in rain down to the RV...
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    I live a mile from McKee Enterprises and the...

    I live a mile from McKee Enterprises and the factory that makes all the Little Debbie's, Sunbelt snacks, Arnold Bread, Pepperidge Farms, Sarah Lee, and Blue Planet health foods in the world. The...
  3. Thread: USMC 236yrs

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    Those fine ladies are much more man than many...

    Those fine ladies are much more man than many sailors!

    Happy Birthday Marines!
  4. I'm glad I read over this thread. Reminds me why...

    I'm glad I read over this thread. Reminds me why I only visit here once every few months. See y'all round Thanksgiving.
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    I absolutely agree. There came a point for me...

    I absolutely agree. There came a point for me when I saw people who had little hiking experience and zero AT experience offering poor advice as if they were veterans. When they were called out, the...
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    When the night time lows are in the 60's with...

    When the night time lows are in the 60's with high humidity (like right now), I go with just a pack cover and a wind shirt. With heat and humidity, waterproof sweating can mean dehydration and...
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    Trekking poles dig great cat holes.

    Trekking poles dig great cat holes.
  8. Simplest answer, yes. Mostly clothing. I tend...

    Simplest answer, yes. Mostly clothing. I tend toward long pants and shirts until I know how brushy a trail is. Also shy away from poncho in potentially heavy brush areas.
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    I am always amazed that people are scandalized at...

    I am always amazed that people are scandalized at the mention of sleeping with food in their tent. Yet they routinely hang their food bags directly over their feet or heads in a shelter.

    Any...
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    Poll: The only thing a bear bell will keep away is your...

    The only thing a bear bell will keep away is your sanity. I hum or sing when hiking in grizzly country. And I have lively debates with Dewey Bear.
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    I thru-hiked inn 1999, before hammocking was...

    I thru-hiked inn 1999, before hammocking was really a thought for backpacking. However, since 2005, I've walked a couple thousand miles of trails with my hammock. It is so much more comfortable...
  12. Four Pines Motel is decent. Bring cash. They...

    Four Pines Motel is decent. Bring cash. They don't take credit cards. Another option is a cabin at the campground. $40 a night. Not bad.
  13. Max Patch in the south. Or for a more northern...

    Max Patch in the south. Or for a more northern option, Stratton Mountain. Then take the chairlift down to the village for beer.:clap
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    Bring some sort of under insulation. You will...

    Bring some sort of under insulation. You will pack down the underside of the sleeping bag and sleep cold. Also, once you hit elevation, you will likely be surprised how cool nights can get. In the...
  15. You'll do a lot more climbing on the BMT, about...

    You'll do a lot more climbing on the BMT, about twice that of the AT. But you regain a good bit of freedom. You're not locked into shelters, and most of the campsites do not require reservations.
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    You need to contact the backcountry reservation...

    You need to contact the backcountry reservation office and get a reservation for sites #38 and #21. The number is 865-436-1231. You may have to call several times to get through, and it's possible...
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    Mt. Sterling is completely covered with trees. ...

    Mt. Sterling is completely covered with trees. The great view is from the fire tower.
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    Couldn't if he wanted. Trip report forum was...

    Couldn't if he wanted. Trip report forum was wiped out a couple of months ago, along with several years of archived reports.
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    At my best, with a pack, I could have managed 200...

    At my best, with a pack, I could have managed 200 miles in 8-10 days, so I would say what he managed was pretty impressive. Except that he set his expectations so unrealistically high and got...
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    Welcome to the Appalachians. Sounds like...

    Welcome to the Appalachians. Sounds like something got shattered, but it wasn't the record.
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    Great to see your hike went well. Was wondering...

    Great to see your hike went well. Was wondering how your day went after dropping you two off.
  22. Thread: GSMNP borders?

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    I forgot to mention that Standing Bear to Hot...

    I forgot to mention that Standing Bear to Hot Springs is 34.1 miles.
  23. Thread: GSMNP borders?

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    The park starts at Fontana Dam on the south, and...

    The park starts at Fontana Dam on the south, and ends at Davenport Gap, about three miles south of I-40, on the north.

    One good option already mentioned is Winding Stair Gap to Nantahala Outdoor...
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    Poll: You lie. You'd ignore the twit and start settin'...

    You lie. You'd ignore the twit and start settin' fire to the shelter.
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    Poll: Shelters are for snorers and mouse droppings. ...

    Shelters are for snorers and mouse droppings. God may not have invented the hammock, but he surely put his blessing on them.
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