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    Campsite 41: Looks like you're planning this...

    Campsite 41:
    Looks like you're planning this clock wise.
    I'd suggest counter-clock wise. There's more elevation gain going from the trailhead to the intersection with Caldwell Fork than there is...
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    You might want to check out parts of the Blue...

    You might want to check out parts of the Blue Ridge Parkway or Skyline Drive.
    Skyline Drive is just "The Blue Ridge Parkway" in Shenandoah National Park.
    The only problem is that this isn't a "Pit...
  3. Hiking the Smokies Based on what I've seen...

    Hiking the Smokies

    Based on what I've seen today, it looks like posts about the incident have started to peter off... For the last week, everyone that seemed to have just learned about it had to...
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    Sad news, but confirms other stories I've heard....

    Sad news, but confirms other stories I've heard.

    I sort of understand the situation... They.are understaffed and GROSSLY underfunded. From a logical stand point, the problem could be solved if...
  5. Thread: Crowds

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    Because some people have a particular fondness...

    Because some people have a particular fondness for GSMNP.
    That fondness might have something to do with the fact it is a national park, it might be that they are working towards a GSMNP goal, like...
  6. Agreeing with TNHiker on this one. Fatal bear...

    Agreeing with TNHiker on this one.
    Fatal bear attacks are so rare, we can't jump to the conclusion that the bear was responsible. While random deaths of what appears to be a responsible backpacker...
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    Yeah... two things that make the Sawyer really...

    Yeah... two things that make the Sawyer really nice is that a whole replacement doesn't cost that much, and WalMart even carries them... making them very accessible.
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    Oxygen absorbers can make a difference. When...

    Oxygen absorbers can make a difference.

    When getting read for a JMT thru, I wanted to take some dried roast beef that comes in a vacuum-packed glass jar.
    Mostly for space in a bear canister, I...
  9. Thread: Crowds

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    I believe someone either said or suggested that...

    I believe someone either said or suggested that it might be crowded in October along the AT for people doing a day hike to Shuckstack Fire Tower.
    Birch Spring shelter (now campsite #113) is located...
  10. The climate average (per the GSMNP web site...

    The climate average (per the GSMNP web site) is that at lower elevations the average Hi/Lo is 73ļ/46ļ.
    "Normal" weather can easily be +/- about 10ļ to 15ļ from normal. So even without any extreme...
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    Yeah, several changes were made for Labor Day...

    Yeah, several changes were made for Labor Day weekend.
    Had a permit to stay at LeConte Shelter Saturday of Labor Day weekend. When I got the permit, only 6 spots were being issued {half capacity). ...
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    Parts of the Smokies WILL be a zoo... but that's...

    Parts of the Smokies WILL be a zoo... but that's mainly going to be the popular trails that day hikers use:
    i.g. Laurel Falls, Alum Cave, Rainbow Fall, Trillium Gap (to Grotto Falls), Charlies...
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    Typical October weather will see night time...

    Typical October weather will see night time temperatures around freezing at the upper elevations. Wait until November and you might see freezing conditions at lower elevations.

    The road to...
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    Looking at Google Earth, I think we're both...

    Looking at Google Earth, I think we're both talking about the same water source, except you are walking strait to it an running into the drainage above the trail. I'm describing the L..O..N..G.. way...
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    Most leaf peepers will be on day-hike trails or...

    Most leaf peepers will be on day-hike trails or just staying in their car.
    Along the AT, the only place I'd expect it to be crowded is New Found Gap to Charlie's Bunion
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    I would never tent under the bear cables... But...

    I would never tent under the bear cables... But I've often notices that the ground at the bear cables often looks like the best spot in the campsite to setup a tent (level with ground well beatten...
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    What time of year was this taken? What I've...

    What time of year was this taken?
    What I've observed is that many shelters have grasses growing around them. The grass dies back in the winter and the spring thru hikers are able to camp on the...
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    I don't see why not... lots of every green trees...

    I don't see why not... lots of every green trees at both campsites.
    I would think you would just have to make sure your straps are long enough in case you can't easily find a pair of trees...
  19. Yeah, two stories, but the have some...

    Yeah, two stories, but the have some similarities...

    Both men were found early September (09/09/2018, and 09/11/2020).
    Both bodies had been scavenged by bears.
    Both men were relatively young...
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    As you approach the campsite, the trail stays on...

    As you approach the campsite, the trail stays on the hillside, passes the campsite, and then drops to creek level and makes a U-Turn.

    Cabin Flats is a horse camp, but the horse stalls are located...
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    The mountains in the Deep Creek area seem to just...

    The mountains in the Deep Creek area seem to just be pointed towards Bryson City and it's cell towers.There have been many areas and campsites in that section of the mountains that I've been able to...
  22. Given that bear cables are provided at every back...

    Given that bear cables are provided at every back country campsite, it's rather pathetic when it comes to some of the behavior I've seen.

    Sunday a week ago, I arrived at the LeConte back country...
  23. Didn't realize that got rid of that many per year.

    Didn't realize that got rid of that many per year.
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    I too have been very happy with my NeoAir xLite....

    I too have been very happy with my NeoAir xLite.
    I agree the self inflating pads have a different feel, but the lighter weight and ease of pack-ability is SOOOOOO worth the difference.
    I've liked...
  25. The GSMNP Facebook group was/is going crazy over...

    The GSMNP Facebook group was/is going crazy over this story. Seems no one can bring it up without the discussion taking a turn for the worst and the tread getting deleted.
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