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    Probably way off trail bringing up this old...

    Probably way off trail bringing up this old thread, but wondered, since Ron knows the area, if he or anyone knows a way up Hightower Bald, which is a mile or so west of Bly Gap. Heard second-hand...
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    By the time you finish the AT working at Chik...

    By the time you finish the AT working at Chik Fila will not be on your mind - it would seem like going to prison (minimum security). Follow what your soul wants at that time and don't give it short...
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    I just tried the Pods coffee disks the past few...

    I just tried the Pods coffee disks the past few days on the trail. The first thing I noticed was my food bag smelled like fresh ground coffee. The Pods coffee taste pretty good, much better than...
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    Poll: Though I've replaced basically everything as I...

    Though I've replaced basically everything as I moved a LW kit, I still use a couple of circa 1977 Early Winters stuff sacks, orange color with the green EW label. EW had a lot of great stuff back in...
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    In regards to the comments on DWR not being...

    In regards to the comments on DWR not being waterproof - DWR is a key component in any waterproof/breathable jacket; and most shell jackets in general. There is an excellent article on DWR at...
  6. heavier weight = more knee wear

    To what 4eyedbuzzard had to say in regards to how one's body reacts to carrying weight, I will add wear and tear on joints. Specifically, the knees. I know first hand, as I recently had surgery for a...
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    Brancher, I very much appreciate the Kelty...

    Brancher,
    I very much appreciate the Kelty Satori. It's failure resulted in the purchase of an Aether 60 a few years ago. I tried the Granite Gear - very comfortable, but the lack of features, such...
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    winter base layer

    I hike in the southeastern mountains of GA, TN, NC all winter. Not much snow, but plenty of cold, windy days, often damp in clouds. Add that I sweat enough to win a contest and typically soak a shirt...
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    No wonder the SOBOs I gave a ride at Woody Gap...

    No wonder the SOBOs I gave a ride at Woody Gap said they weren't even close to the last. I'll be up there again next Saturday - gotta escape the crazy holiday shopper traffic - and keep an eye out...
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    SOBOs at Woody Gap

    Passing through Woody Gap yesterday on the way to a hike, gave a ride to Topper and 2 others, one was female. Two guys remained with the gear, one had a mandolin. They did say they were stung by the...
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    Great to hear that Bill. That same day they...

    Great to hear that Bill. That same day they closed the road to Brasstown Bald due to ice. Guess the weather didn't lend itself to a nice, fire cooked meal.

    Sure is great weather today. I'll be...
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    Looks like the Real Fall arrived just as Wanderer...

    Looks like the Real Fall arrived just as Wanderer is hitting the finish line. Cold and windy, yes, but no precip. Hope you got a good hot meal and a nice night's sleep before heading back to NC!
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    BackpackingLight.com reviewed the 2 man version,...

    BackpackingLight.com reviewed the 2 man version, really like it for a double wall - requires membership to read.

    Backpackgeartest.org has 2 man versions out being tested. The intial reports are...
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    Well said Bill! One of the great things I've seen...

    Well said Bill! One of the great things I've seen about the AT over the years are the ever increasing number of father/son combos backpacking a section together. I've met several who do a section...
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    Bill, They must be covering great mileage per...

    Bill,
    They must be covering great mileage per day, taking advantage of this awesome weather, to reach Springer on Monday, hiking well before sunup until after sundown! Ah, to be young again without...
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    Sobos

    I was hiking in the Standing Indian, NC basin today. Ran into Wanderer and Blaze at the Wassilik Big Tree near Standing Indian Campground. They were thinking of trying to camp on Standing Indian Mtn....
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    Sobo

    Turns out all the ex g/f can remember is that STRONG was part of his name! Ah well, with this fine weather, he'll be at Springer in 2 days.
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    I was camping near Slaughter Cove/Blood Mtn....

    I was camping near Slaughter Cove/Blood Mtn. Sunday night, had some light frost. Brasstown Bald (4,784 ft) remote weather station reported temps in low 30s. Temps have moderated considerably today,...
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    My ex g/f called me today and said she met a SoBo...

    My ex g/f called me today and said she met a SoBo hiker on Blood Mountain this afternoon. Hopefully she'll recall the guys name so that I can post it here! Hmmm...wonder if he got her phone number?
  20. Not a problem now. A few solar powered Malibu...

    Not a problem now. A few solar powered Malibu lights light those stone steps like a full moon. ;)

    As for water, as much rain as the southeast is getting this year, lack of water is not going to...
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    case by case

    After reading the post on this subject, I feel inclined to throw in my two cents worth.

    First - pole tip scratches on rocks - I first noticed this as a problem before I used poles, on the rocky...
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    Dr. Burts Rescue Ointment

    I get a similar chafe problem on multi day summer hikes, when I'm sweating all day and it's too humid to get dry. Compression type shorts may alleviate the chafe, but they are still holding moisture...
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    Frank, how did you get your Aether 60 down to 40...

    Frank, how did you get your Aether 60 down to 40 oz? My reg. length one weighs 3 lb 6 oz, or 54 oz. Of course I wouldn't mind it being lighter as long as it didn't affect performance or usability.
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    I use both Smartwool and Bridgedale. Bridgedales,...

    I use both Smartwool and Bridgedale. Bridgedales, with more synthetic in the material, dry faster and feel less hot in summer to me than Smartwools. However, Smartwools are far more available, and...
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    Dances, thanks for posting about your DRT trips....

    Dances, thanks for posting about your DRT trips. I'd read about it, but knew no one who'd hiked it. Seeking more solitude than the hoards on the AT afford (including approach trails), I kept...
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