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    Nothing to worry about until it starts to get...

    Nothing to worry about until it starts to get consistently hot out.

    When it does get hot, wrapping block cheese in cheese cloth works surprisingly well for some reason.:-? Or in a pinch, brown...
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    That's always been the case, especially with the...

    That's always been the case, especially with the Jewel trail.

    Todays forecast isn't too good either. 40-50 mph wind with gusts up to 80 mph later this afternoon, wind chill in the teens. Chance...
  3. The chances are good that's a very, very bad...

    The chances are good that's a very, very bad idea. There are some fine hiking days in late September and early October, but it gets bad after Columbus day. And in between those fine hiking days,...
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    Most people who head up there have no clue. You...

    Most people who head up there have no clue. You can tell them not go, but you can't stop them. The remarkable thing is that more people don't die in these hills.

    I actually drove by Pinkham...
  5. If you want to camp in the National Park, they...

    If you want to camp in the National Park, they have strict rules. You need to go to their web site and read them. Along the AT there are shelters called "huts" you must get reservations for them and...
  6. So foodbag, you got about 3 more years to obsess...

    So foodbag, you got about 3 more years to obsess over gear choices :)

    BTW the water bottle one is easy. Do you like Coke or Pepsi?
  7. Also, keep in mind that there's no way you can...

    Also, keep in mind that there's no way you can carry 7 to 10 days of food at the outset. You will need to "resupply" at least once, possibly twice for a 10 day trip. The spacing of towns and the ease...
  8. The first thing you need to know is to camp...

    The first thing you need to know is to camp anywhere in the Smokies you need to get and pay for reservations at specific campsites. Therefore you need to plan exactly when you'll be at a specific...
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    The camp stores should have canisters. But if...

    The camp stores should have canisters. But if your just hiking the park, it's unlikely you will need to replace the one you bring, even if it's the small one. But I suppose that depends on how much...
  10. There would be a lot of down hill going from...

    There would be a lot of down hill going from Clingmans to Fontana, which can be hard on the knees, especially if your running. Good way to get shin splints. Consider going the other way so your...
  11. Just going to the supermarket presents you with...

    Just going to the supermarket presents you with too many choices.

    But I'm not sure that's a bad thing. Having too many choices is a bit better then having no choice.

    When presented with a lot...
  12. What I do is stop at the Davenport shelter for...

    What I do is stop at the Davenport shelter for the night, then in the morning go to Standing Bear for resupply and bake a frozen pizza for lunch, then head up the trail to Groundhog creek.

    To the...
  13. If your only going out for a few days and you...

    If your only going out for a few days and you have body fat to spare then sure, you don't have to eat much. Short term endurance such as an Ironman race is different then the long term endurance a...
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    Until the first killing frost in the fall....

    Until the first killing frost in the fall. Basically, they are around all summer, but they're at their peak this time of year. The exact timing depends on the weather. They spawn once the...
  15. Yea, that is a tough hike for someone out of...

    Yea, that is a tough hike for someone out of shape. The climb out of NOC is a big one, and is often commented on - and not in a good way.

    Instead consider hiking from Franklin, NC to the NOC....
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    The official no camping zone starts at Newport Rd...

    The official no camping zone starts at Newport Rd and extends north to Lamberts meadow just before Daleville. Basically McAfee Knob and Tinker Cliffs.

    Camping at Dragon tooth might be technically...
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    Seems to be a lot of that going around recently.

    Seems to be a lot of that going around recently.
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    Summer has finally arrived...

    ... in the Whites.

    As usual, it went from too darn cold to too darn hot, too darn fast.

    And with the warm temps, the Black Flies are now becoming a major annoyance. With all the trail head...
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    You really want to end up at Pickle Branch, then...

    You really want to end up at Pickle Branch, then go over Dragon tooth to Catawba. There won't be any water between Pickle Branch and Catawba, so that's a consideration. Lost Spectacles Gap is on a...
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    It doesn't hurt to use a bag liner and it can...

    It doesn't hurt to use a bag liner and it can certainly help. I don't much use a pack cover anymore, lost too many of them. The pack liner is the next best thing. Critical items always go into dry...
  21. I'm glad I hiked PA before crazy season started....

    I'm glad I hiked PA before crazy season started. This incident ended okay, but it does shows how when people start carrying weapons on the trail, a simple missunderstanding or preceived threat could...
  22. I would say that's fair. It takes a whole lot of...

    I would say that's fair. It takes a whole lot of front end work to produce a guide like this and to keep it up to date. Once you buy it, you get up dates forever. The app store and Paypal take a cut...
  23. It would be nice if more summer like weather were...

    It would be nice if more summer like weather were to get here, but I'm not going to hold my breath waiting for it :)
  24. If your getting up at 4:30 at a hostel, be sure...

    If your getting up at 4:30 at a hostel, be sure to have everything ready the night before so you don't make too much noise. Go outside to pack up. Otherwise there will be a lot of other hikers...
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    I figure he'd want to go to the first shelter in...

    I figure he'd want to go to the first shelter in on day 0, the day he arrives from where ever, which would be in the afternoon.

    I'm guessing he wants to fit this into a week. 2 days of travel and...
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