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  1. I have done exactly the loop that HooKoo wrote...

    I have done exactly the loop that HooKoo wrote about in post # and really enjoyed it. However one fly in the ointment is that Cosby Knob, CS 37 and Laurel Gap Shelters are closed due to "aggressive...
  2. A few years ago I had a conversation with a...

    A few years ago I had a conversation with a ranger in GSMNP who had worked as an intern in Alaska. As part of a study his job was to go to garbage dumps and antagonize a brown bear then test the...
  3. Just to clarify, there are a couple of 2000 ft....

    Just to clarify, there are a couple of 2000 ft. climbs on that route. The "passes" are 4000 to 4500 ft. in elevation.

    TVA usually begins drawing down the lakes in the fall. Water won't be as high...
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    Two weeks ago I was at the "True Bunion". It...

    Two weeks ago I was at the "True Bunion". It wasn't too hard to find but the path was very overgrown. Much easier going up than down. Kind of like trying to walk down a rooftop covered with broken...
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    It may vary by state, but my understanding is...

    It may vary by state, but my understanding is that reimbursement rates are based on you anticipated annual income. Resources are not a factor. If you are making withdrawals from the 401k that is...
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    "The water source is down the Baxter Creek trail...

    "The water source is down the Baxter Creek trail - you can't miss it."

    Emphasis on down the trail.


    If you are coming up Baxter Creek trail, you will want to fill up before camp.
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    Another section hiker who was closing in on 2000...

    Another section hiker who was closing in on 2000 miles told me " do Maine before you are 60".


    Well, that ship has already sailed. :rolleyes:
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    Fortunately the weather has been mild.

    Fortunately the weather has been mild.
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    Madgoat, is there possibly a typo for day 4 & 5....

    Madgoat, is there possibly a typo for day 4 & 5.

    Day 4 - 26 to 46 - 13.5mi +4600ft -5300ft
    Day 5 - 46 to Newfound Gap - 10.2mi +3800ft -2600ft

    Do you intend to say campsite 68?
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  10. Texaswalker, welcome to Whiteblaze. If I...

    Texaswalker, welcome to Whiteblaze.

    If I understand your questions your are wanting to do your first AT backpack . How much experience backpacking do you have?
    Do you plan to hike with a...
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    People hike all 800 miles on the park without...

    People hike all 800 miles on the park without camping in the backcountry .

    By doing some long days you could exit and start back at Cosby, Tremont and Cades Cove.

    Your total miles would be over...
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    I think she said that someone in her group said...

    I think she said that someone in her group said 'let us step back and let you find out'.
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    Another one to add to the mix is Sierra Design's...

    Another one to add to the mix is Sierra Design's High Route 1. The design looks similar to the Notch but the trekking pole placement is moved away from the doors center, kind of asymmetric . It...
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    My late wife told me once (also in Cades Cove)...

    My late wife told me once (also in Cades Cove) about seeing a guy attempting to pet a skunk.

    When warned he replied "they de- scent them don't they?"
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    Wasp stings. Especially yellow jackets and...

    Wasp stings.

    Especially yellow jackets and hornets.

    I'm sitting here right now nursing three yellow jacket stings.
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    Local news (TNHiker's station I think) had same...

    Local news (TNHiker's station I think) had same video but covered the guys face.

    Locally they're know as "tour-oons". Amalgamation of tourist and moron.

    They come to National Park and leave...
  17. Also the weather changes a lot with elevation....

    Also the weather changes a lot with elevation. Gatlinburg will typically be 15 to 20 degrees (Fahrenheit) warmer than higher elevations.

    Mt. Leconte will have temperatures more like those in...
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    Thanks for your post and your work. I...

    Thanks for your post and your work.

    I suspect that many people take trail maintaining for granted although I do get a lot of "thank you's" when working on my section.
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    It's been quite a while since my last visit there...

    It's been quite a while since my last visit there but I think there is a small sign near the junction with the Boulevard Trail.

    Coming up Alum Cave go past the lodge then the spring, past Rainbow...
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    Update:Family members say 38-year-old Iraqi War...

    Update:Family members say 38-year-old Iraqi War veteran Eric Pry has been found safe and sound in Virginia after going missing last month.

    No further details given.

    But good to hear.
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    Thanks for sharing. Good to know.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Good to know.
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    Due to personal reasons I had not been able to...

    Due to personal reasons I had not been able to visit the section that I maintain for several months. I was curious about trail conditions so that I might have a better idea about what tools to carry...
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    Copperheads are very well camouflaged. I've heard...

    Copperheads are very well camouflaged. I've heard them moving through dry leaves but had too look very hard to even see the snake.

    Another good reason not to wear ear buds while hiking.
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    Leaves of three, let it be. Trillium also has...

    Leaves of three, let it be.

    Trillium also has three leaves but they are usually much broader and not so glossy. Jack-in-the pulpit is another wildflower that looks very similar to poison ivy.
    ...
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    Here is video.https://youtu.be/Nmgw_pY5hGg I...

    Here is video.https://youtu.be/Nmgw_pY5hGg

    I only pitched rocks in his direction because he was moving toward me. Normally I wouldn't have done that but a thunderstorm was brewing and I wanted to...
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