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  1. In the Smokies and the designated wilderness...

    In the Smokies and the designated wilderness areas, most junctions are marked but no blazes. Most areas are pretty heavily-blazed. If you are at all concerned I would recommend a GPS app like Gaia to...
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    In the Smokies, you must reserve your shelters...

    In the Smokies, you must reserve your shelters along the trail in advance, but they are allowing folks to tent/hammock around them instead of forcing you to sleep inside the shelter. This could...
  3. Just terrible. I’ve been meaning to get up there...

    Just terrible. I’ve been meaning to get up there for a while and hike the Arkaquah Trail that starts right in that area..Now I regret waiting.
  4. For cold-soaking, I’m a fan of dehydrated,...

    For cold-soaking, I’m a fan of dehydrated, refried pinto beans. Mix in some Fritos, I can eat it for dinner over and over again.
  5. To everyone who’s responded - much appreciated...

    To everyone who’s responded - much appreciated and glad some folks enjoyed it!



    Congratulations to you on your recent BMT thru! I’ve been following your videos. I had bad weather going over...
  6. Map of my route, BMT in blue, off-BMT in orange....

    Map of my route, BMT in blue, off-BMT in orange.
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  7. Completed the BMT: 10 Days on the BMT + 5 Days in the Slickrock/Citico Wilderness

    Back in June 2017 I attempted a BMT nobo thu-hike and ended up getting off trail after 153 miles at the Trout Hatchery, leaving 133 miles to go..Almost four years later I returned to complete the...
  8. Leaving Vehicle Around Tellico River Rd Crossing

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    Howdy, would it be possible to leave a vehicle for roughly two weeks around the Tellico River Rd crossing at mile 153?

    Maybe at Birch Branch CG or Davis Branch CG, away from the established...
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    Sorry just re-read your post and saw you were...

    Sorry just re-read your post and saw you were heading south. So either the CG in my previous post or Watson Gap would be the move, I think the CG is 2.1 and Watson Gap is 2.3 from the terminates.
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    I finished the Pinhoti heading north with the...

    I finished the Pinhoti heading north with the same logistics as you, needing to leave a vehicle near the northern terminus. I left it at Jacks River fields FS campground, for 2 nights, away from the...
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    I use one of these 'Western Mountaineering...

    I use one of these 'Western Mountaineering Sonora' liners and I'm a fan:
    https://www.backcountry.com/western-mountaineering-sonora-sleeping-bag-liner

    Here are my thoughts:
    It weighs in at just...
  12. Thread: 2021 AT hiking

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    I guess a combination of C and E is the closest...

    I guess a combination of C and E is the closest answer for me.

    At some point this year I may pick up where I left off at Standing Bear and head north, but that's close enough to me where I can...
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    We may cross paths. I’m heading south on the BMT...

    We may cross paths. I’m heading south on the BMT through the Smokies in mid/late March and plan to spend a week or more backpacking loops in the Citico/Slickrock.
  14. Thank you. Donít forget stopping paying overtime...

    Thank you. Donít forget stopping paying overtime which was also corrected (not by the Postmasterís choice) before complete service failure. Iím sure the unprecedented volume isnít helping but the...
  15. Thread: Wild life !

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    Most noteworthy backcountry sighting probably...

    Most noteworthy backcountry sighting probably hogs in the Big Frog/Cohutta wilderness..seen a few but never one with prominent tusks.

    Bears, rattlesnake, turkey, owl, muskrat, grouse, mice, deer,...
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    Like others have said, it can vary drastically....

    Like others have said, it can vary drastically. But FWIW I hiked the AL section in February and was comfortable. Lows in the low to mid 20s at night, highs in the high 60s. Rain can be rough out...
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    For me, hiking in 2021 will look much the same as...

    For me, hiking in 2021 will look much the same as 2020. Hiking and backpacking trails close enough I can reach in a dayís drive, only stopping for gas or drive-through food. Not staying in hostels. ...
  18. Thread: Crowds

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    Didn't even see a ranger the whole trip. One...

    Didn't even see a ranger the whole trip. One night had a family of 7 or 8 (5 or 6 kids aged roughly 6 - 13) come rolling into an already-full shelter close to dark. Funny enough, the shelter I...
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    Thanks for sharing, looking forward to the...

    Thanks for sharing, looking forward to the others. Curious as to how you've already got it planned in 11 trips? Just weekends?
  20. Thread: ST Information

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    Sticky: Thanks for sharing. Bit further than some other...

    Thanks for sharing. Bit further than some other trails/areas on my to-do list already but definitely one to keep in mind for the future.
  21. Thread: Crowds

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    To follow up, I ended up going last week. Hereís...

    To follow up, I ended up going last week. Hereís a breakdown of where I was and the crowds:
    (Tuesday) Fontana Hilton to Spence Field: saw 40+ people (and 4 horses) on trail. Shelter slightly area...
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    I used AAA Hiker Service this past weekend to go...

    I used AAA Hiker Service this past weekend to go from Standing Bear to Fontana and would recommend. Try [email protected] Once I initially got in touch they were responsive and flexible.
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    Right on. Awesome trip. What’s your go-to...

    Right on. Awesome trip. What’s your go-to map/book for planning trips in the Snowbirds area?
  24. Thread: Crowds

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    Because Iíve got a long-term goal of sectioning...

    Because Iíve got a long-term goal of sectioning the AT and this is the next section for me to knock out. I will end up hiking a bit north of the park on this trip as well, probably to Hot Springs....
  25. Thread: Crowds

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    I thought at times the Smokies became a bit of a...

    I thought at times the Smokies became a bit of a zoo during leaf season, just trying to avoid that. Don’t mind seeing some people of course but I’m not out there for a social experience. But what I’m...
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