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    Roan Mountain Water Report

    I just finished a hike from Hughes Gap to Highway 19-E over Roan Mountain. Here is a water report of the the sources that I personally observed between September 19-21.

    Roan High Knob parking lot...
  2. I was told that the Executive Director of the ATC...

    I was told that the Executive Director of the ATC spends about 2/3 of their time rasing money. If Suzanne Dixon wasn't bringing in the money she would not last long. Makes sense to me as the first...
  3. I had an awesome stay there in 2017. I thought it...

    I had an awesome stay there in 2017. I thought it was one of the better run hostels I've seen.
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    My knowledgable source told me that the ATC has...

    My knowledgable source told me that the ATC has had 8 Presidents/CEOs in their history. Only 3 lasted more than 2 years. A huge part of the job these days is raising money. Here are two news stories...
  5. Not really. No need to go all the way to...

    Not really. No need to go all the way to Groundhog Creek shelter. There is excellent and ample camping at Painter Branch which is 2.3 miles north of Standing Bear. The campsite is not obvious from...
  6. Keep Googling. You'll get to the right answer....

    Keep Googling. You'll get to the right answer. The Penobscot Indians named it Katahdin (or a variation of it) long before they met any white man or ever heard the word "mount". Also, check out what...
  7. It's just Katahdin. It's only fitting, since...

    It's just Katahdin. It's only fitting, since Natives of Maine always referred to it as Katahdin and so does the state.
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    http://www.winterhike.com/@shelter.jpg

    http://www.winterhike.com/@shelter.jpg
  9. What is a toilet field?

    What is a toilet field?
  10. I got great service too! On the Sunday of...

    I got great service too! On the Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend.
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    Not true. The JMT crosses Highway 120 twice. ...

    Not true. The JMT crosses Highway 120 twice.

    The Overmountain shelter is indeed scenic, iconic and well loved. But I doubt there's anything historic about it. Heck, the available space isn't used...
  12. Nope. Fake news. Google: Mildren Norman Ryder...

    Nope. Fake news. Google: Mildren Norman Ryder (Peace Pilgrim)
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    Since when does there *have* to be a welcome sign...

    Since when does there *have* to be a welcome sign when entering a state? If there was such a silly requirement then there would many signs along the AT in TN/NC. For many, many miles you are going...
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    I never knew there was a debate on what the...

    I never knew there was a debate on what the four-state challenge was. It's always been to hike in four AT states within 24-hours. Going from Pen-Mar to Loudoun Heights satisfies this.
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    I suggest starting at Davidson campground. You...

    I suggest starting at Davidson campground. You have a more gradual climb at the beginning and save the best scenery for last. Then you have a nice long downhill to the Boy Scout camp.
  16. How do you get Guthooks app to track a hike? All...

    How do you get Guthooks app to track a hike? All it ever does for me is tell me where I am at the moment and the distance away various points are.
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    There is plenty of water from Hughes Gap to 19-E....

    There is plenty of water from Hughes Gap to 19-E. All of the springs are flowing. Even the upper spring at Overmountain shelter is flowing. I just returned home from that section.
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    Call Jim Simpson at (864) 431-0447. Most of the...

    Call Jim Simpson at (864) 431-0447. Most of the Foothills Trail shuttle drivers operate on a donation basis and don't have set fees. This doesn't mean you can under pay them. Pay around $1.50 per...
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    I think a 2019 KATAHDIN SUMMIT & BSP BOYCOTT is...

    I think a 2019 KATAHDIN SUMMIT & BSP BOYCOTT is an awesome idea! How do I donate to this cause?

    I'm thinking an appropriate finishing point for the boycotters is the Abol Bridge Campground Store....
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    Let it go, please!

    Let it go, please!
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    Bad advice. Don't give the bear any mechanical...

    Bad advice. Don't give the bear any mechanical advantage by wedging your bear canister between trees or rocks. You are only helping the bear if you do. As it was previously stated, bear canisters are...
  22. It didn't erode down to bedrock. It eroded down...

    It didn't erode down to bedrock. It eroded down to rocks. You can't put water bars in a severly U-shaped trail. The old trail was almost a foot under grade at places. The switchbacks are a major...
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    That's what I remember!

    That's what I remember!
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    I'm not sure what you mean by this. It was all a...

    I'm not sure what you mean by this. It was all a gentle downhill from Dick's Creek Gap to TOG hostel from what I recall. The shuttles ran ontime last summer. I give them credit for running the...
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    +1. Yes, call and ask. This was their policy as...

    +1. Yes, call and ask. This was their policy as of last summer. A shuttle from Unicoi Gap to Hiawassee is worth the price of stay. Call other shuttlers and see what they are charge for this ride.
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