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  1. That's a good question...

    That's a good question...
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    Bill Jackson's is a good store. I shop there if...

    Bill Jackson's is a good store. I shop there if I'm not buying over the internet. They are pricey because they are the only store in town. The shop is on US 19 between Park Blvd and Bryan Dairy on...
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    I would just add that although you may be able to...

    I would just add that although you may be able to hike 25 miles in one day, doing that again and again would probably end up being really, really difficult. Especially for someone "new to hiking". ...
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    huh?...Address what? What is this Wolfman guy...

    huh?...Address what? What is this Wolfman guy talking about? It sounds like he is admitting to the crime but the police are ignoring him??
  5. First off: Welcome to Whiteblaze! You don't...

    First off: Welcome to Whiteblaze!
    You don't need to spend a ton on gear. If you limit yourself to sources like Backpacker magazine gear issues, you would think you need to spend $300 plus for each...
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    Dude, that is funny!

    Dude, that is funny!
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    You wouldn't ask the question if you didn't...

    You wouldn't ask the question if you didn't already know the answer. Returns should be because of product or manufacturer defects only.
    Ickybod
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    Smoky Mountain Nat'l Park is the most visited...

    Smoky Mountain Nat'l Park is the most visited park in the entire country; more than Yosemite, more than Yellowstone, more than the Grand Canyon. I believe the intent to keep people from using tents...
  9. +1 to DaTwiztedOne. HikerMom, I have read your...

    +1 to DaTwiztedOne. HikerMom, I have read your thoughts on WB for 2 years now and you have always given me the impression that you are one thoughtful and caring individual. You keep doing what...
  10. Thread: GPS watch??

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    I always turn it on when we start to hike. In a...

    I always turn it on when we start to hike. In a minute or so, it has satellite lock and away we go. As soon as we start hiking I turn on the tripmeter then turn off (turn off the tripmeter) at...
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    Rocketsocks, right as usual...Man, I love the...

    Rocketsocks, right as usual...Man, I love the Thing Fish Reference!! Ickybod

    "One Adam 12 see da mammy"~ plays starting at 7:20
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    If you are doing the entire 300 miles from...

    If you are doing the entire 300 miles from Damascus to Fontana, then I would suggest parking at the public lot at Damascus where you can register your car with the police. Ickybod
  13. Thread: Help!

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    Water can be dehydrated...then later just add...

    Water can be dehydrated...then later just add water!
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    Maybe narrow down your needs by transportation,...

    Maybe narrow down your needs by transportation, shelter reservations and Smokies Backcountry permits, what gear is required, where is North Carolina/Tennessee
  15. Thread: Salamanders

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    21908Saw this one on day 1 of my section hike...

    21908Saw this one on day 1 of my section hike through the southern half of the smokies just 3 weeks ago. It was probably 3 miles before Mollies Ridge Shelter. Someone who sounded like he knew what...
  16. :) I agree...but I have never while hiking been...

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    I agree...but I have never while hiking been bitten by another's dog, been told by hiking snobs that my Kelty Trekker is outdated or too heavy, been pooped on by a mouse while in a shelter,...
  17. The worst thing you can do is let what you read...

    The worst thing you can do is let what you read here influence your feelings about hiking. You can read a lot of negative stuff on whiteblaze, but once you get out on the trail, that stuff goes out...
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    But thru-hikers do need permits according to the...

    But thru-hikers do need permits according to the Smokies website. You either carry that extra piece of paper with you from your start or find a place with a computer, like the lodge at Fontana...
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    I believe you must start and finish your hike at...

    I believe you must start and finish your hike at least 50 miles from each entrance to the Smokies to be considered a thru hiker. 50 miles to the north or the south won't cut it. Ickybod
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    I believe thru hikers need permits, also. They...

    I believe thru hikers need permits, also. They do not need reservations. Permits can still be filled out by hand at the park entrances, right? A section hiker with a reservation is not allowed to...
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    Yeah, man; you are right. the ridgerunner at...

    Yeah, man; you are right. the ridgerunner at Mollies Ridge asked to see my reservation and permit. I did print them (being a section hiker, I had just left to start my section 2 days prior) and he...
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    If memory serves me right, I think the...

    If memory serves me right, I think the ridgerunner suggested they get down to campsite 113. I think there used to be a shelter there but now there are tent platforms. Apparently it is the only...
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    I just got out of the Smokies. Section hikers...

    I just got out of the Smokies. Section hikers must do the reservation and permit thing. You can do both online. You must do the reservations online as that is the only way to reserve your spots...
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    Can one suspend him or herself from a large...

    Can one suspend him or herself from a large enough branch? Then you can both sleep with your food and utilize the ultra-cool PCT food hanging method The best of both worlds! Ickybod
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    This is where I first found the PCT technique and...

    This is where I first found the PCT technique and used it last year. It worked great and was easy too! ...
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