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  1. The Tiger Wall is not totally free standing......

    The Tiger Wall is not totally free standing... like the REI Quarter Dome.
    Both try to save weight by only using one center support pole towards the feet rather than a pair of support poles to the...
  2. I loved my Copper Spur UL2 as a very roomy 1...

    I loved my Copper Spur UL2 as a very roomy 1 person tent (I use a Large sleeping pad, and the UL2 is way too small to be considered a two man tent if either uses a large pad).
    I usually find that...
  3. GSMNP - Shut down for 2 Weeks (COVID-19)

    Apparently too many people were ignoring warning about "social distancing"
    {been reading online that hundreds have continued to hike the AT out to Charlies Bunion}

    So the park service has...
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    Wheeled carts are prohibited on the AT in Great...

    Wheeled carts are prohibited on the AT in Great Smoky Mountains. They are generally prohibited thru out the park, but there are a few trails they are expressly allowed.
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    Yeah, strike that last line as the edit not...

    Yeah, strike that last line as the edit not getting fully completed before posting.
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    If there's about 300,000,000 people in the U.S.,...

    If there's about 300,000,000 people in the U.S., everyone was to catch it, and 2% died, that's 6,000,000 dead.

    But that 2% is based on a percentage of people who were ill recover based on...
  7. Simple fact is that some people do not like to...

    Simple fact is that some people do not like to stay in the shelters and will tent around the shelter when they are not supposed to. It will continue until such time we have enough rangers to police...
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    From what I've been reading, the concern is...

    From what I've been reading, the concern is people congregating at shelters and hostels and then go into towns to resupply and potentially take the virus to these places.

    But self contained hikes...
  9. I don't see the Hilton getting overused by people...

    I don't see the Hilton getting overused by people waiting.
    Under the permit limit I proposed, you would know months ahead of time what your earliest entry date into GSMNP would be. You would also...
  10. I still don't like that $4 fee (my complaint has...

    I still don't like that $4 fee (my complaint has always been that it can cost me more to take my family into the back country where the only amenities is a set of bear cables and maybe a privy...
  11. Just to throw in my 2 I too want to see the...

    Just to throw in my 2

    I too want to see the shelters remain in place, because yeah, they are a great spot when it's pouring down rain or just plain wet everywhere.

    But given that the shelters...
  12. My guess is to remove excess fuel (smaller flame...

    My guess is to remove excess fuel (smaller flame ball) and only use the fuel soaked up by the wick that should be in the pre-heat cup.
    Slightly different procedure, but the concept is the same as...
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    The ATC is asking hikers to postpone AT hikes......

    The ATC is asking hikers to postpone AT hikes...
    http://appalachiantrail.org/home/community/blog/ATFootpath/2020/03/17/updated-covid-19-guidance-for-a.t.-multi-day-and-thru-hikers

    It seems the...
  14. It's been a while since I used my MSR white gas...

    It's been a while since I used my MSR white gas stove, so I can't say how much to pump it initially (the trick later is as the fuel burns and pressure decreases, trying to keep it pumped up).
    But as...
  15. Yet still relevant. Sure, this particular camp...

    Yet still relevant.
    Sure, this particular camp spot may not be closed at this moment... but it will happen again.
    Just a matter of time before GSMNP has a camp site closure caused by campers NOT...
  16. The only solution at frequently used spots is...

    The only solution at frequently used spots is going to be either install bear cables (or bear boxes) at the location, or start requiring the bear canisters on the full length of the AT.
  17. Thread: Camp Shoes

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    Are those still available? Last time I went...

    Are those still available?
    Last time I went looking for them, it appeared like they were not sold any more (just what ever leftovers some retails had).
  18. Thread: Camp Shoes

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    The shoes are a pretty soft plastic. As best as...

    The shoes are a pretty soft plastic. As best as I can tell, they seem to do about as good as boots on water crossings. It's the slickness of the rocks or thin layers of algae growing on the rocks...
  19. Depends upon the local bear population and the...

    Depends upon the local bear population and the camping regulations for where you are located.

    Perhaps along the bulk of the AT, where bear density isn't very high and camping is a bit dispersed......
  20. Thread: Camp Shoes

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    I too carry water shoes that double as camp...

    I too carry water shoes that double as camp shoes.
    However, I don't use Crocs, they are too heavy. Instead I use lighter weight croc knockoffs you can often find at places like Walmart. But what I...
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    I'll second the advice of the Thearm-a-rest...

    I'll second the advice of the Thearm-a-rest Neo-Air

    I've got the xLite - Large (wanted the extra width because I used to be a stomach sleeper and hated my arms hanging off the sides). The weight...
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    To help with the blandness of chicken and rice,...

    To help with the blandness of chicken and rice, I've found that I like Knorr Chicken Flavor bouillon powder.
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    I too am a very picky eater. For rice, I simply...

    I too am a very picky eater.
    For rice, I simply use Minute rice. You need only bill the water then let it sit for 5 minutes. If you want something with as many calories that is similar but packs a...
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    Since you're just getting started, I'd suggest...

    Since you're just getting started, I'd suggest you follow Hikingjim's advice and do a few local trips before you try to go off on a "Grand Adventure" to the AT, Standing Indian Loop, or any of these...
  25. Something else to consider with a visit to...

    Something else to consider with a visit to Charlie's Bunion (since you're looking for an 8 hour adventure) is to include a side trip to what is often called the "true" Bunion.

    At the 4 mile mark,...
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