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    Yes, one of my favorites.

    Yes, one of my favorites.
  2. Thread: Scaring Bears

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    I had a bear come into camp at Blue Mountain...

    I had a bear come into camp at Blue Mountain Shelter on the AT last summer. I did not know it at the time, but there was a problem bear. I was wondering why I was the only one there.

    About 6:30...
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    Which is why I always carry pepper spray. And...

    Which is why I always carry pepper spray. And not the watered down stuff for bears, the stronger spray for humans.
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    I so look forward to your trip reports. And...

    I so look forward to your trip reports. And always, I cannot believe how heavy a pack you carry.

    I took few days off next week. I am going to try to hit some of the areas you visited.
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    9.6 ounces

    9.6 ounces
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    This is what I wear in camp. Also great as water...

    This is what I wear in camp. Also great as water shoes. Order one size larger than normal. They weigh about half as much as Crocs.
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  7. Don't worry about closed shelter signs, that is...

    Don't worry about closed shelter signs, that is for sleeping in the shelter only. You can still camp out around the shelters. I was at a shelter a few weeks ago with that sign, people were sleeping...
  8. The remnants of Hurricane Sally will be passing...

    The remnants of Hurricane Sally will be passing through. You will have more water than you will know what to do with.

    You never know about crowds this time of year on the cusp of Autumn but I...
  9. I have the perfect trail for you - Mullen's Cove...

    I have the perfect trail for you - Mullen's Cove Loop

    https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/tennessee/mullens-cove-loop-trail
  10. Tipi, I love your trip reports. You are a true...

    Tipi, I love your trip reports. You are a true badass. Happy 70th.
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    My trail name is Carl. That is the name my...

    My trail name is Carl. That is the name my parents gave me.

    I actually think trail names are silly but to each his own.
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    You can camp wherever you want on the Georgia AT....

    You can camp wherever you want on the Georgia AT. You can still camp in the areas by the shelters even if the shelter itself is closed. I hiked the Standing Indian loop last weekend in N.C. and...
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    That looks like a good plan. One thing you might...

    That looks like a good plan. One thing you might consider is caching food at either Woody Gap (mile 21) or Neel Gap (mile 32) or possibly both. That would save you from having to carry all that...
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    I live in Georgia and Woody Gap on the AT was...

    I live in Georgia and Woody Gap on the AT was more crowded then I have ever seen last weekend. But if you walk a mile away from parking, the crowds thin to near nothing.

    As a poster mentioned...
  15. Thread: GSMNP Hike

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    The one positive to the coronavirus outbreak, not...

    The one positive to the coronavirus outbreak, not having to actually sleep in GSMNP shelters. I wonder if that will be permanent? I sure hope so. I could never imagine sleeping in a shelter with a...
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    Cheese factory is a 1 mile hike from Indian Grave...

    Cheese factory is a 1 mile hike from Indian Grave gap so it would be a haul to bring in a cooler. It is a pretty large area so you could find a peaceful place even if it was crowded. I don't think...
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    Be warned, these t-shirt sizes are way off. I...

    Be warned, these t-shirt sizes are way off. I wear a large and I could barely get this shirt on and off. Not happy.
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    The Smokies are up and running. I was there last...

    The Smokies are up and running. I was there last weekend and heading there again this weekend. The park service is also waiving the $4 per night reservation fee for the park.

    I parked at Deep...
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    Just bought a t-shirt. Thanks for the post.

    Just bought a t-shirt. Thanks for the post.
  20. Going to the Smokies this weekend. The...

    Going to the Smokies this weekend. The backcountry permit system is up and running this morning.
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    No matter what authorities may be to safe guard,...

    No matter what authorities may be to safe guard, you can't fix stupid. This idiot caused two deaths.
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    Poison ivy is one of the reasons I take a sponge...

    Poison ivy is one of the reasons I take a sponge with me in the summer and wipe down head to toe twice at day's end.

    I can't remember the last time I got poison ivy and I spend pretty much every...
  23. Thread: Camp Shoes

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    +1 on the RedHead water shoes. I carry them on...

    +1 on the RedHead water shoes. I carry them on every trip. Your feet are completely covered so no popping your toes on rocks like with flip-flops. They work very well for water crossings.

    They...
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    Have you ever thought about NOT hiking in boots? ...

    Have you ever thought about NOT hiking in boots? I forever hear stories about people complaining of blisters with boots. What do you think is going to happen when you put a soft foot in a hard...
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    +1 on the Reflectix. I would also look at what...

    +1 on the Reflectix. I would also look at what you are wearing to sleep. When I started out, I would wear several layers of clothes to bed yet I would still be cold. Once I started shedding...
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