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    Low Gap is the only place in nearly 600 miles...

    Low Gap is the only place in nearly 600 miles that I've had mice in my pack. There must be super-mice at that location.
  2. Man, Tipi, you did cover alot of territory! ...

    Man, Tipi, you did cover alot of territory!

    Thanks for the tip on HIckory Ridge Trail. That one was in my immediate-future plans, and hiking upridge to boot. I'll re-think that.

    I was...
  3. Extensive Damage at Jacks River Falls, Cohutta Wilderness Area

    Yesterday (7/7/19) I made my first visit to Jacks River Falls since the immense rain and straight-line wind storm in July 2018. I had heard there was damage but that it was sporadic (here and there)...
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    Cornell University has a complete set of bird...

    Cornell University has a complete set of bird songs online and searchable. See: https://www.birds.cornell.edu/home/

    Click the link, enter (for example), "red-eyed vireo" and then click the...
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    At 5:30 in the morning in the open and close by,...

    At 5:30 in the morning in the open and close by, many spring songbirds will sound loud. The early hour makes me wonder: American robin?

    Was the song unusual in any way? Whistle? Warble?...
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    I wrote this a few months ago, following a...

    I wrote this a few months ago, following a ridgetop hike on the one clear day amidst a long rainy spell:

    In February

    I walked a line in the sky,
    straight as a vapor trail.
    No matter that it...
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    I first posted a poem I wrote over the past week,...

    I first posted a poem I wrote over the past week, following a memorable hike in the Cohutta Wilderness Area.

    Then I thought, "You can't follow Robert Frost." So I omitted mine. :)

    "The Road...
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    Hot Springs to Erwin is great fun. I enjoyed the...

    Hot Springs to Erwin is great fun. I enjoyed the climb from HS to the top of Rich Mountain (the fire tower) around 2014, but we met a retired law enforcement officer was a bit freaked out. It was...
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    P.S. If the idea of a southern "canyon" is a...

    P.S. If the idea of a southern "canyon" is a draw, you might consider Cloudland Canyon State Park in Georgia's northwest corner, or Tallulah Gorge in the northeast corner. Both of them are lovely...
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    Providence Canyon is a lovely park in an...

    Providence Canyon is a lovely park in an out-of-they way place. The climbs are short - elevation change is only about 200 feet between "canyon" floor and the rim. But it's hard to get perspective...
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    In 1986, me and two friends canoed 125 miles of...

    In 1986, me and two friends canoed 125 miles of the Ogeechee River in southeast Georgia over five nights and six days. I think the only town we went into was Millen, hitchhiking to a Dairy Queen. ...
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    As Far as the Eye Can See was recently reprinted...

    As Far as the Eye Can See was recently reprinted by the University of Tennessee Press (around 2013 or thereabouts). That was its seventh printing. You should be able to find the book on Amazon or...
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    This passage from David Brill's As Far As the Eye...

    This passage from David Brill's As Far As the Eye Can See (about his 1979 thru hike) caught my eye:

    "If there was any sense of isolation from being on the trail for months at a time, it was...
  14. Thread: Georgia

    by Dan Roper
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    I've lived in northwest Georgia since 1979. I've...

    I've lived in northwest Georgia since 1979. I've back section hiking the AT since the '90s. I've never encountered a mosquito on the Georgia AT (nor, for that matter, in North Carolina, Tennessee...
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    With some nice accommodations and hot tubs, Hot...

    With some nice accommodations and hot tubs, Hot Springs would be a candidate.

    Alas, when my two sons, a family friend and I arrived finished a section hike there five years ago, I had to catch a...
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    I'm reading a National Geographic book published...

    I'm reading a National Geographic book published in the early 1970s about wilderness. The opening essay, about the Quetico Boundary Waters area, is written by a man who opens by saying he started...
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    Cool photos. Thanks for sharing. I love the...

    Cool photos. Thanks for sharing.

    I love the orange packs and the clothes. Now, if you just have a photo of an aluminum canoe and a Vega or AMC, we can recreate an era.

    Funny how the '70s now...
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    Here's a little video I posted on YouTube - a...

    Here's a little video I posted on YouTube - a chronicle of the trips from 2007 to 2017. It's fun to see how my boys, who look awfully young, grew into strong young men. It shows some of the amazing...
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    As I noted above, I undertook the same thing in...

    As I noted above, I undertook the same thing in 2007. Me and 12-year-old son were to walk the Georgia section. I had a little experience but really was a novice. It was August, very hot, and very...
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    Gambit is right about pack weight - when my boys...

    Gambit is right about pack weight - when my boys were younger teens, I kept weight around 23 pounds (they could've done more, but I think that was a good idea).

    As for mileage, if they're lean,...
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    I faced the same dilemma in 2007. My oldest son...

    I faced the same dilemma in 2007. My oldest son was 12, my youngest 10. It was to be my first long backpacking trip, so I decided to take only the 12-year-old as a test. We did Approach Trial to...
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    Congratulations on retiring. We of the Peanut...

    Congratulations on retiring. We of the Peanut Gallery hope to read of your many hiking adventures in months and years to come!
  23. Thread: Cabin Fever

    by Dan Roper
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    I don't have television, so most of my down time...

    I don't have television, so most of my down time is spent reading or writing.
    In Georgia, winter is usually the best time of the year for hiking. But this winter has been gnarly, with alot of...
  24. Interesting question, Gambit. I don't know the...

    Interesting question, Gambit. I don't know the answer but I suspect the completion rate might drop slightly as participation increases. Our population is getting heavier rather than lighter, and...
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    This would be a question of trademark...

    This would be a question of trademark infringement, assuming the Appalachian Trail Conservancy registered the trademark (I'm sure it did). In that case, American Tactical would be in violation of...
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