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  1. This sounds like a variation of the Smokies...

    This sounds like a variation of the Smokies Challenge Adventure Run (S. C. A. R.).

    And at least one person has reported completing a 'double SCAR' (Fontana - Davenport - Fontana).
  2. That fits with my experience. Flying insects...

    That fits with my experience. Flying insects generally don't live in windy areas with little stagnant water, and the lower air density at elevation factors in as well.
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    There were three hikers (two male, one female) in...

    There were three hikers (two male, one female) in the interview video.

    The hiker couple who were chased but not attacked were not in the interview video.

    At least one report (maybe Washington...
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    It will depend on where you are camped. If there...

    It will depend on where you are camped. If there are food storage facilities (metal, bearproof vaults), store your food in them.

    Some campsites will have a cable system installed to hang your...
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    Post edited.

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  6. It's a totally different burner design, and...

    It's a totally different burner design, and resembles the Soto Windmaster.
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    A moose on the AT? I've seen Rocky many times, no...

    A moose on the AT? I've seen Rocky many times, no Bullwinkle.

    If photography is your motivation to hike, take it. I carried a Nikon FM on my first Grand Canyon rim to rim, and my D300 (and a...
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    0% attrition rate is easy to disprove - there...

    0% attrition rate is easy to disprove - there have already been a few dropouts reported in 2019.


    What is the actual attrition rate? Anecdotally (observations by Georgia AT Club volunteers,...
  9. It doesn't answer your specific question, but...

    It doesn't answer your specific question, but they did publish a blog post in December about their experiences with cuben / Dyneema products.
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    There is a narrow ledge table and bench built...

    There is a narrow ledge table and bench built into the support for the new roofline applied to most of the shelters, and some of them also have a ledge under a side eave.

    Mollies Ridge has...
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    It depends on how quickly you want to get going....

    It depends on how quickly you want to get going. Even if the lot is full, if you wait a bit, something will open up. There's always someone there just to use the restroom, or drop someone off, or...
  12. It was, but the other entrances to the Park at...

    It was, but the other entrances to the Park at Cataloochee were open.




    Having looked at the Park map again, my memory of which parts of the Turnpike were inside Park boundaries vs. outside...
  13. NC 284 (Cataloochee Turnpike) winter status

    We made a trip to Cataloochee between Christmas and the New Year, planning to hike the Little Cataloochee trail. When we got to the junction between Cataloochee Turnpike and Cataloochee Creek road,...
  14. Thread: First Aid

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    Ours is a few bandages, a single larger bandage,...

    Ours is a few bandages, a single larger bandage, ibuprofen and antihistamine. My wife likes to have liquid skin for her heels, and a tube of antibiotic ointment. We also carry an elastic bandage that...
  15. Have you considered hiking out to a shelter and...

    Have you considered hiking out to a shelter and having lunch? Double Springs Gap shelter is about 2 1/2 miles from Clingmans one way, Icewater Springs is about 2 from Newfound Gap. It's not a loop,...
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    Now that's a compliment I wasn't expecting -...

    Now that's a compliment I wasn't expecting - thanks ;)




    I haven't used this tent, and don't know the details of how your tent sagged, but would guess that most of the benefit of adding shock...
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    44537 One method is to cut a 4 to 6 inch...

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    One method is to cut a 4 to 6 inch length of shock cord and knot each end. Tie clove hitches in the guy line with an appropriate amount of slack (based on how much your shock cord stretches)...
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    It's very unlikely they'd be helpful in Georgia...

    It's very unlikely they'd be helpful in Georgia by late March.

    It's not unusual to encounter ice at higher elevations in the Smokies well into April. Watch the weather - if there has been recent...
  19. Thread: Gear theft

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    Tell that to this bear...

    Tell that to this bear ;)
  20. The last time I drove in there (about two years...

    The last time I drove in there (about two years ago), the road between Nimblewill and Winding Stair Gap was in much rougher shape than FS 42 from the west. It may be a few more miles total miles, but...
  21. It looks like you did a good job of getting the...

    It looks like you did a good job of getting the floor taut, and you get points for staking out the ends for ventilation. I think where you can improve is to evenly tension the rainfly properly at the...
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    That's true for untreated down, but many down...

    That's true for untreated down, but many down bags and jackets sold today are filled with down treated with a hydrophobic coating, so it can continue to insulate if wet.

    Your $30 jacket probably...
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    https://wherearethehikers.com/heatmap/ If your...

    https://wherearethehikers.com/heatmap/

    If your goal is to avoid overcrowded shelters, the second half of May (after Trail Days and before summer vacations) might be a good window. Avoid the middle...
  24. We camped on Black Balsam a few months ago, and...

    We camped on Black Balsam a few months ago, and found a lot of conflicting and out of date information on the bear canister requirement. This seems to be the most current information:





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    I hike for the views, so for me a good month on...

    I hike for the views, so for me a good month on the AT would be to start at the Nantahala Outdoor Center (MP 137) and hike the balds along the NC/TN border and the Smokies. 12-14 miles per day for a...
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