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  1. Over the last few years I've worked on 6 trail...

    Over the last few years I've worked on 6 trail crews in GSMNP, 4 Sweat Crews and 2 Rocky Top Crews. These crews spend a week or so doing work on the AT. Sometimes the group is in a stealth location...
  2. Thread: Stop or Go?

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    I agree with TexasBob. "Wait...." Wednesday I...

    I agree with TexasBob. "Wait...."

    Wednesday I was set to go out to the section that I maintain in the Smokies but after the cancellations of sanctioned hikes by the Smoky Mountains Hiking Club I...
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    My plans were to begin a northbound section hike...

    My plans were to begin a northbound section hike at Harpers Ferry on May 2 and ending at Pawling, New York. I've arranged to drive up to Pine Grove Furnace with a friend, leave my car there then...
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    Deepest condolences for his family and friends.

    Deepest condolences for his family and friends.
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    I thought about that. But he did have...

    I thought about that.

    But he did have presence of mind to make a couple of cell phone calls before his battery died.
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    My health insurance is through the Marketplace,...

    My health insurance is through the Marketplace, formerly known as Obama Care. There was a choice of providers and I chose one that is major provider. You may want to Google healthcare.gov. The open...
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    This makes me think more about carrying a...

    This makes me think more about carrying a personal locator beacon.
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    Yes. Heavy rains can dilute the scent trail....

    Yes. Heavy rains can dilute the scent trail. Susan Clemons comes to mind. She went missing at Clingman's Dome in rain and fog.

    TN Hiker you are probably familiar with a recent incident in...
  9. Yeah. 2lbs. +

    Yeah. 2lbs. +
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    There is a service road for the Hike Inn.

    There is a service road for the Hike Inn.
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    Some things that come to mind are the stiles in...

    Some things that come to mind are the stiles in Virginia and Fat Man's Squeeze in Grayson Highlands . Dragon's Tooth has a short section that requires a hand over hand decent. Occasionally there will...
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    Higher altitude springs often go dry in the fall....

    Higher altitude springs often go dry in the fall. Last year the total rainfall was something like 20 inches above average yet in September/October the southeast had drought conditions in some areas...
  13. The REI on Knoxville carries lightweight Outdoor...

    The REI on Knoxville carries lightweight Outdoor Research gaiters similar to Dirty Girls in construction .

    You do know that Clingman's Dome Road is closed during the winter?
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    Note that the Verizon affiliated lower cost...

    Note that the Verizon affiliated lower cost carriers do not have the same coverage as a Verizon plan. Verizon contracts with other carriers for rural coverage while the discount plans do not.[/QUOTE]...
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    Is there a bubble of sorts following the flip...

    Is there a bubble of sorts following the flip flop festival ? I'm planning a north bound LASH from Harpers Ferry and wondering if it would be better to delay by a week or so after April 25th.
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  16. Knorr Pasta Sides are one of my go to meals. They...

    Knorr Pasta Sides are one of my go to meals. They are pretty common at dollar stores along with tuna packets.

    Clean up can be a challenge, but I usually take a two or three step approach. Cook and...
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    Neither link mentioned it but I would be...

    Neither link mentioned it but I would be concerned about rabies.

    But thankfully that wasn't the case here.

    I recall an incident several years ago where a sleeping hiker was bitten on the hand...
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    Best wishes on your section. I've seen hang tags...

    Best wishes on your section. I've seen hang tags the last few years on hikers on the section that I maintain in the Smokies. At first I assumed that they were attempting a thru hike. As a section...
  19. The more I think about this the better I like it....

    The more I think about this the better I like it.


    My last section hike ended in Harpers Ferry. We finished a little early so toured the historic section of town and crossed the Potomac. So even...
  20. Great photo. Is the derailment near where...

    Great photo.


    Is the derailment near where people had placed all the padlocks on the chain link fence ?

    I suppose the bridge for the Amtrak lines is closed to pedestrian traffic.

    From...
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    Northbound LASH from Harpers Ferry

    So far I have section hiked from Springer to Harpers Ferry, usually in week long sessions. Now I have the opportunity to go out for a longer period of time. At this time though I don't want to...
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    +1 Caught myself looking forward to spring. ...

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    Caught myself looking forward to spring.

    Then it hit me, crap it's not even winter yet!
  23. Saturday I noticed a couple of new signs on the ...

    Saturday I noticed a couple of new signs on the Cosby campground side of Low Gap trail. The wood looked very light in color and was fine grained (may be ash?).
    The sign on the AT for Cosby Shelter...
  24. The video didn't say when it was made. It...

    The video didn't say when it was made. It appears to be late summer or early fall. I was at Tri-corner between Sept. 5 through 12 with the Rocky Top crew. Not sure if you came through before then...
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    Squirrel hunting makes a lot more sense. Hard to...

    Squirrel hunting makes a lot more sense. Hard to pack out big game for miles.

    Hardly anyone shoots squirrels around here anymore. We're over run by them and rabbits.
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