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    Sleeping at elevation a night or two, before...

    Sleeping at elevation a night or two, before hiking, is definitely good.
  2. Middle Prong Wilderness. South Fork Mills River...

    Middle Prong Wilderness.
    South Fork Mills River / Bradley Creek.
    These are 5 hours or so from Raleigh. An hour closer would be Linville Gorge, where you can easily get lost; and it will soon be...
  3. Amazing documentation, sir! You are tougher than...

    Amazing documentation, sir! You are tougher than most.
    I have a daughter living in UmeŚ; they do stuff like this, even hauling a wood burning stove for their tent. Climbing rock and ice, too. No...
  4. Cool. Let me know if you need a shuttle.

    Cool. Let me know if you need a shuttle.
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    Ursus versus anything seems like a good topic of...

    Ursus versus anything seems like a good topic of conversation.
  6. Hey, that's a great trail report. I haven't done...

    Hey, that's a great trail report. I haven't done trail maintenance there for a few years, but I'm always interested in the conditions. Any large down trees that would require a large saw?
    The bridge...
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    Good thing she's not "on the streets".

    Good thing she's not "on the streets".
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    $75 is very cheap. It's 60+ miles and 1.5 to 2...

    $75 is very cheap. It's 60+ miles and 1.5 to 2 hours one way. Driver has to do twice that.
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    I shuttle to Hot Springs, Max Patch, Davenport...

    I shuttle to Hot Springs, Max Patch, Davenport Gap, Newfound Gap. PM if you need a ride. Pizza is another $5
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    Do you have a ride lined up?

    Do you have a ride lined up?
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    Going up from the Shining Creek trailhead, you...

    Going up from the Shining Creek trailhead, you may go up the steep and dry and brambly Old Butt Trail, or stick to the Shining Creek Trail, which may have some downfalls to get past. They both lead...
  12. Does "section" mean you are only interested in...

    Does "section" mean you are only interested in the AT? If not, there are beaucoup options on the NC side: MST, Art Loeb, Linville Gorge, and many more.
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    I've seen dozens of hunting hounds in Middle...

    I've seen dozens of hunting hounds in Middle Prong and Shining Rock wilderness areas, along with zero hunters. The humans stay by their trucks, and if their dogs are seen to be approaching a road,...
  14. Leaving your truck at Standing Bear, they might...

    Leaving your truck at Standing Bear, they might give you a ride to where you're going, and you could hike back there.
    If you don't have a return ride, I'm pretty close to Davenport, Max Patch, or...
  15. yes I can do this if you're still looking....

    yes I can do this if you're still looking. Tomorrow/Sat. I'll be maintaining the AT over Max Patch
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    Ride your bike up hills as fast as you can...

    Ride your bike up hills as fast as you can sustainably. You should be tuckered out at the top. Next time go faster.
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    Out in the Weminuche of CO with 5 kids, rain...

    Out in the Weminuche of CO with 5 kids, rain every day, nothing to sit on but wet rock, wet log, or wet ground ... I did this. Shortened the sleeping pads of the 3 smallest kids, by 6".
    They...
  18. https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/gwj/alerts-notices

    https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/gwj/alerts-notices
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    You can gain some quick acclimatization just by...

    You can gain some quick acclimatization just by sleeping at high elevation.
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    I pay my car .50 per mile and myself $16 an hour,...

    I pay my car .50 per mile and myself $16 an hour, and it comes to about $180 to do this 205 mile (and 4.8 hours) trip.
    That's to pick up at Davenport and drop at Fontana, for one rider.
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    stop the dancing banana?

    please, or eliminate it
  22. dancing banana is so annoying

    dancing banana is so annoying
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    Here's the cmc hike map with annotations...

    Here's the cmc hike map with annotations
    https://www.carolinamtnclub.org/_maps/files/maps/0370_map.pdf?CFID=10319173&CFTOKEN=20692579
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    If you are going the full length of the South...

    If you are going the full length of the South Mills River trail, there are perhaps 10 river crossings without bridges. 3 bridges are within a couple miles of Turkey Pen parking area....
  25. I can do those shuttles, but it would cost around...

    I can do those shuttles, but it would cost around $400
    165 for the first one and 240 for the 2nd.
    I'm 45 minutes west of Asheville, so not exactly a direct shot.
    Send an IM if interested.
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