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    Getting the thread back on track to your initial...

    Getting the thread back on track to your initial question. There are several trails in the southeast that could be options for hiking 4-5 days. these are not in any particular order.

    a)...
  2. depends on what time of year. Most thru hikers...

    depends on what time of year. Most thru hikers are doing this in 5 weeks, but they are hampered by the short daylight hours in March and April. Thru hikers are averaging about 15 miles/day in the...
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    I thru hiked this trail 15 years ago. The only...

    I thru hiked this trail 15 years ago. The only place that I had issues with markings were between Cumberland Lake and I-75 where it went through a 4WD off roading area. It took me two days to...
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    The bear population in this section is not very...

    The bear population in this section is not very large. In fact, I have never seen any signs of bear along the AT in the Nantahala National Forest. However, there are a TON of bears in the GSMNP. ...
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    Several hikers from the class of 1997 are talking...

    Several hikers from the class of 1997 are talking about doing a 20th anniversary hike. Still too early for us to be thinking that far ahead. We are more of the fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants kind...
  6. The amount of money that a hiker spends on a thru...

    The amount of money that a hiker spends on a thru hike depends on a lot of variables. The many mile you hike per day avg will determine number of days it will take to finish. Some hikers like to...
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    There are several places where you can find flat...

    There are several places where you can find flat ground to pitch a tent or string a hammock between Winding Stair Gap and Siler Bald Shelter. And the hike to the shelter is not too bad.

    you...
  8. People around the Smokies are getting stupid. I...

    People around the Smokies are getting stupid. I have heard 'rumors' of up to 20 inches of snow in the high country. I have to see it to believe it. Temps have been in the 60s and 70s all week...
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    There are two or more classifications of trail...

    There are two or more classifications of trail angels:
    a) random people, doing random things, at random times because an opportunity arose or they felt inclined to help (rides to town, sharing a...
  10. Campsite #11 is also closed due to bear activity....

    Campsite #11 is also closed due to bear activity.

    There are also aggressive bear warnings for Mollies, Russell, Collins, and Cosby. Any or all of these shelters could be closed within the next...
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    Right now, there is plenty of water at higher...

    Right now, there is plenty of water at higher elevations. We have had quite a bit of rain in the mountains the past 3 weeks, even though the Tennessee Valley is about 6 inches below normal for the...
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    You are not restricted to specific campsites in...

    You are not restricted to specific campsites in the NF, but they do suggest that you stay at the ones listed in the data book so as to lessen the impact (Leave no Trace). You can also tent at any...
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    Coffee, Most of the discussion here on...

    Coffee,
    Most of the discussion here on Whiteblaze references the shelters along the AT. The majority of the GSMNP has backcountry campsites (not shelters). All but 3 of the actual shelters...
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    there are 2 reliable water sources between...

    there are 2 reliable water sources between Icewater and TriCorner shelter.
    a) the side trail to the old False Gap shelter site
    b) the side trail to Pecks Shelter

    If it is, or has recently been,...
  15. Thread: hard core '14

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    Looking forward to it Squid, but can only do...

    Looking forward to it Squid, but can only do Sunday this year. :)
  16. you can inquire with, or join, the Georgia...

    you can inquire with, or join, the Georgia Appalachian Trail Club (GATC).
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    I don't understand why so many people have...

    I don't understand why so many people have problems understanding the rule.

    You can ONLY camp outside a shelter if...
    a) you are entering the park under a thru-hiker permit AND
    b) the...
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    Beers may be hard to come by at the bars without...

    Beers may be hard to come by at the bars without waiting in a long line. That is not to discourage you from stopping in at any of the fine establishments. Camping will be at Tent City, which is...
  19. Thread: Class of 1999

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    There is a facebook page for the 99 thru hikers. ...

    There is a facebook page for the 99 thru hikers. A lot of folks posting on there. I have stayed in touch with a few from that year.
  20. There are a lot of variables that go into...

    There are a lot of variables that go into calculating the cost of building and maintaining the AT. Here are some of the variables that we deal with in the southern region....

    - remoteness of...
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    It is safe to park a vehicle at the following...

    It is safe to park a vehicle at the following places:
    a) The trailhead parking at the junction of the AT and Lakeshore Trail
    b) The visitor center at the dam
    c) near the Fontana Hilton
    d) The...
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    Eric, Im planning to do the Western 80-100...

    Eric,
    Im planning to do the Western 80-100 miles of the CT in late August. What timeframe are you looking at being out there?
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    This is not a good option for the following...

    This is not a good option for the following reasons:
    a) There is very little traffic that gets on/off this exit. There is no gas station, store, or tourist attraction. Big Creek isn't a largely...
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    I am going to assume that you mean Siler Bald...

    I am going to assume that you mean Siler Bald shelter just out of Franklin NC and not the Siler Bald shelter in the GSMNP. The link posted by cutter is in regards to the GSMNP backcountry...
  25. Thread: Day hike?

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    They got a healthy amount of snow at the higher...

    They got a healthy amount of snow at the higher elevations last night. Trails above 4000 ft will be snow/ice covered. This weekend may be better to do a low elevation loop. Maybe head out of...
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