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    My old cellphone lasts 3 weeks with two $6...

    My old cellphone lasts 3 weeks with two $6 batteries. The secret is to remove the battery when not in use. With the battery out the phone will in no way use power---to keep time or whatever else. ...
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    That's pretty cool running into Crazy Legs and...

    That's pretty cool running into Crazy Legs and Dynamite. When they first saw me they seemed hesitant and leery like maybe I'm Charlie Manson's brother---I was looking a little rough after Fred and...
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    I sometimes bushwack off trail---like on this...

    I sometimes bushwack off trail---like on this trip---but usually I stick to regular trails which are pretty much empty anyway. I can see rattlesnakes and get yellow jacket stung on trail or off...
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    He mentioned your trip while in camp and showed...

    He mentioned your trip while in camp and showed me his phone map of the area. Something about Three Fork Creek???
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    48616 Zero Day 20 during Hurricane Ida. 48617...

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    Zero Day 20 during Hurricane Ida.

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    Day 21 and it's time to pack up the gear and hike a couple miles to my evac pickup point---in the rain of course.

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    Day 21 exit off Flats Mt...
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    48609 We reach Beech Gap where Rob has a One...

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    We reach Beech Gap where Rob has a One Wheel stashed so he can ride 2 miles down the road to his car at Jeffrey Hell trailhead. Patman drives me 4 miles to Grassy Gap and Grassy Branch...
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    48602 As Patman sets up camp nearby Rob Bush...

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    As Patman sets up camp nearby Rob Bush shows up after his hellish Wildcat Falls to Hangover Mt to Bob Mt hump. One happy family.

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    Rob checks out our CS---a place I call South Col...
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    48595 From Bird to Citico at Cold Gap turns out...

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    From Bird to Citico at Cold Gap turns out to be a big 11 mile day of backpacking---big for me. While in Cold Gap my buddy Rob Bush shows up and it's a good surprise. He pulls out his...
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    48588 As I continue my hump up King I find three...

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    As I continue my hump up King I find three of these new signs---I guess the motorcyclist didn't see them or just ignored them.

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    King's Meadow punches me out to where I was on Day...
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    48581 Bird trail descends to King's Meadow...

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    Bird trail descends to King's Meadow trailhead which I take a couple hundred feet up over Owl Camp Creek footbridge and set up camp.

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    The toughest trail in Bird is King's Meadow and...
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    48574 At home before the trip I fixed the broken...

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    At home before the trip I fixed the broken cork on my BD hiking pole and used Locktite PL Max Premium caulk---stays flexible and works great.

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    Next to my Sassy Creek CS is this...
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    48567 I take Bird trail down to Sassafras Creek...

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    I take Bird trail down to Sassafras Creek crossing and inspect the primitive footbridge which last summer got destroyed by Hurricane Laura. I actually baby-step across this slick wooden...
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    21 Days in Two Hurricanes

    I pull a 21 day backpacking trip in August 2021 and most of it is spent in Snowbird wilderness in NC. During the trip I get hit by two hurricanes---Fred on Snowbird Creek and Ida on top of Flats Mt...
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    Are you talking about Dayhiking or Backpacking? ...

    Are you talking about Dayhiking or Backpacking? Both have differences when it comes to pace and MPH. Further, walking a mile in a certain time with no pack/20 lb pack/95 lb pack will vary.
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    I know all about Ida as I just got back from a 21...

    I know all about Ida as I just got back from a 21 day backpacking trip on Snowbird Creek in NC and got hit first by Hurricane Fred and then I was on Flats Mt in TN during Ida.

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    Here's my CS...
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    Since the Smokies is the most air polluted Park...

    Since the Smokies is the most air polluted Park in the country I would hope the NPS would institute a vehicle fee to enter the Park as they do for backpackers.
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    Did he use the shelter otherwise or did he stay...

    Did he use the shelter otherwise or did he stay in town/hostel/motel???
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    Regarding vehicles and backpacking---I do all in...

    Regarding vehicles and backpacking---I do all in my power to arrange shuttles so I won't have car sitting at a trailhead. And/or get a rat beater car built before the converter era. Or use an...
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    Speaking of trailhead vandalism---saw this on a...

    Speaking of trailhead vandalism---saw this on a BMT backpacking trip back in 2012 at Beech Gap Cherokee NF---

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    I just wonder if the ATC gave more scrutiny to...

    I just wonder if the ATC gave more scrutiny to Shaffer in 1948 than they do now for Average Joe in 2021?? Probably since he was the first.
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    Oh and one more thing. Step back from the drama...

    Oh and one more thing. Step back from the drama and study the word itself---Slack Packing. Then define "Slack"---
    Dictionary.com---Negligent; careless; remiss.

    Vocabulary.com---Make less active...
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    More interesting posts here---a volatile...

    More interesting posts here---a volatile subject---

    https://www.whiteblaze.net/forum/showthread.php/120636-My-2016-Thru-Hike-Excessive-Slack-Packing
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    For over 70 years AT thruhikers have pretty much...

    For over 70 years AT thruhikers have pretty much defined a Thru Hike and readily agreed on the definition of a Thru Hike. Read thru written accounts from the 1950s and 1960s and 1970s and you'll...
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    The "imaginary club" would be those who strive to...

    The "imaginary club" would be those who strive to thruhike the AT and fill out the ATC 2,000 Miler application to receive the certificate and 2,000 Miler "rocker" patch (rocker sounds like a Tab to...
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    Maybe it's like wearing the Ranger Tab without...

    Maybe it's like wearing the Ranger Tab without actually attending Ranger School???
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