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    Thanks. From what I can find online it seems...

    Thanks. From what I can find online it seems this far south the flies are no where near as big of a problem as they are further north. It doesn't seem worth changing our plans since this week fits...
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    New York and black flies?

    Looking at doing our next week long section, this time in New York and lower Connecticut. 1) Do the black flies come this far south and 2) if so when do they usually come out? We were thinking...
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    This is very accurate information. I just did...

    This is very accurate information. I just did this section last week going south. We did Grafton Notch to Full Goose and it was a loooong day. We climbed Old Speck, down to the pond, up Mahoosic...
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    So what's the latest on this problem bear? Does...

    So what's the latest on this problem bear? Does anyone know if they ever removed it? I was thinking of taking my son up there Friday night. We usually camp about .2 before the shelter on the...
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    As the above poster said you need to be on alert...

    As the above poster said you need to be on alert for closed shelter areas but I just did the Smokies 2 weeks ago and this was my schedule:

    Day 1: Fontana Dam to Mollies Ridge (11)
    Day 2: Mollies...
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    I was actually having a conversation about this...

    I was actually having a conversation about this with a buddy a few days ago. We were talking more specifically about what the forests will look like. Most of the forests are relatively young. ...
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    Hey I can definitely agree with you on the radio....

    Hey I can definitely agree with you on the radio. How they get anyone to listen is beyond me. Other than music my other favorite thing to do in the car is listen to Audible. I have really grown to...
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    No offense but you sound like a grumpy old man. ...

    No offense but you sound like a grumpy old man. If it's not for you fine but why rain on everyone else's parade? While I agree with some of what you said, i.e. the majority of the vlogs aren't the...
  9. Thread: Bears

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    Went on two trips last year, a week through...

    Went on two trips last year, a week through northern PA and through NJ and a week from Killington VT to Franconia Notch. Ironically we saw none in Jersey where the bear population is really high but...
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    My understanding was the hip belt was supposed to...

    My understanding was the hip belt was supposed to center your hip bones and be pulled snug so that the pack weight is distributed there instead of your shoulders. A properly fitted pack will be able...
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    My experience is late May would be too early. It...

    My experience is late May would be too early. It does vary somewhat from year to year but typically mid June is a good bet with the knowledge that it can be a week or two on either side of that.
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    Thanks for the suggestion for Wheezie and Duck. I...

    Thanks for the suggestion for Wheezie and Duck. I watched their first on trail video and they are so funny. Can't wait to follow along.
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    2018 Vlogs

    Anyone know of a good YouTube vlog for this year? I am currently following Amanda Bess and would definitely recommend her channel. She is hiking with another hiker who's channel is 3milehikes and...
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    Thanks I figured that might be the case. I'll...

    Thanks I figured that might be the case. I'll probably do the ranger station.
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    Davenport Gap parking

    Doing the Smokies in May and I'm wondering where to leave my car in Davenport Gap. Guthook says there's a large parking area at the Pigeon River bridge. Would it be safe there? If not where do you...
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    This is what you have to do. There is no one...

    This is what you have to do. There is no one answer. Just watch the forecast right before you go and dress accordingly. A good resource is https://www.atweather.org/
  17. Thanks for the input and yes I do plan on wearing...

    Thanks for the input and yes I do plan on wearing my thermals along with a fleece hat. Right now I'm thinking with the closed cell pad under my inflatable, the fleece blanket inside the bag along...
  18. If I'm only expecting temps to be in the low...

    If I'm only expecting temps to be in the low teens at worst, would just taking a fleece blanket to put inside my 23 degree bag work? I'm thinking use that on my legs and go to bed with my light...
  19. That brings up an interesting point, I have...

    That brings up an interesting point, I have always read to put the synthetic bag on top for a condensation barrier. Is that a major concern? It seems like putting the less lofty bag inside makes...
  20. Cold weather - Don't have the right gear

    So I am a 3 season camper 95% of the time but occasionally will venture out in the winter for a night if the weather isn't too nasty. I've got a down bag EN rated at 23 degrees and use a silk liner....
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    Here is my...

    Here is my experience...https://whiteblaze.net/forum/showthread.php/113300-White-Mountains-question?p=1998395&highlight=#post1998395

    We started in Franconia Notch so you would need to add in...
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    I see you are from PA so you know how cold it is...

    I see you are from PA so you know how cold it is around there and your tolerance to it. Going south isn't the easy answer. Due to the elevation gain in the NC, TN and southern VA sections March can...
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    So if I'm reading all this right and plan a...

    So if I'm reading all this right and plan a mid-August trip to Maine I should be free from flies and mud but could expect some rain showers? If so, I'll take it.
  24. From the NPS website: Although Clingmans Dome...

    From the NPS website: Although Clingmans Dome Observation Tower is open year-round, the road leading to it is closed from December 1 through March 31, and whenever weather conditions require.
  25. For those of you who have followed this thread...

    For those of you who have followed this thread you may be interested in keeping tabs on the Observatory website https://www.mountwashington.org/experience-the-weather/current-summit-conditions.aspx...
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