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    Some general comments as I have no experience...

    Some general comments as I have no experience with the HMW, but I've got a lot of experience with Verizon in Great Smoky Mountains.
    1. Data, Talk, and Text are on different frequencies, and so it's...
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    The answer is a bit more complicated than you...

    The answer is a bit more complicated than you think...
    For starters, the basic mileage is 0.8 from the shelter to Low Gap, and then 2.1 down Low Gap to a trail intersection.
    From this intersection,...
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    If water has passed thru the filter, it's no...

    If water has passed thru the filter, it's no longer "brand new".
    Keep in mind these filters work by literally having microscopic holes in tubing... holes small enough that they mechanically filter...
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    Oh... if you can get to Gatlinburg, I hear it's a...

    Oh... if you can get to Gatlinburg, I hear it's a pretty easy hitch-hike to the top of the mountain.
    While hitch-hiking in the park is legal... I'm not sure it's technically legal in Gatlinburg. ...
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    Notice Slo-go'en mentioned the use of a taxi to...

    Notice Slo-go'en mentioned the use of a taxi to get to Gatlinburg?
    Anyone providing you a shuttle inside the national park for a fee requires a permit.
    To my knowledge, the only two companies...
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    Not an AT hiker... most of my hikes are in Great...

    Not an AT hiker... most of my hikes are in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
    Never hiked any part of the CDT, but I did hike the JMT.
    So the one thing I might be able to add to this discussion...
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    The easiest rule of thumb that's pretty accurate...

    The easiest rule of thumb that's pretty accurate for beginners (so adjust as you get in better shape to your own pace) is...
    2 miles per hour and add 1 hour for every 1,000' in elevation gain.
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    The "cost" is in the time (effort, and cleanup)....

    The "cost" is in the time (effort, and cleanup).

    If you have a sealer ('Food Saver' or Impulse Sealer) you can make your own PB squeeze tubes from freezer bags.
    However, due to imperfections in...
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    The "freezer" filter BillyGr is referring to was...

    The "freezer" filter BillyGr is referring to was the original SweetWater filter. Loved mine until I started having problems when MSR took the company over, and finally switched to the much lighter...
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    IF you are going to carry bear spray, for it to...

    IF you are going to carry bear spray, for it to be effective, it's got to be in immediate reach.
    I don't have any links right now, but a few years ago I watched a You Tube video where an outdoor...
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    The biggest issue with bears is that covid has...

    The biggest issue with bears is that covid has created an influx of people in the back country and an influx of people who either don't know, understand, or just unwilling to follow back country...
  12. We never knowingly approached a bear. We were...

    We never knowingly approached a bear.
    We were walking a trail and simply paused in the general area we had seen a bear the day before.
    It was quite the coincidence that the spot we paused at...
  13. You shouldn't be approaching bears regardless of...

    You shouldn't be approaching bears regardless of type (male, mama, cubs, black, grizzly). So the phrase "less likely" shouldn't apply.

    Example of a "bear encounter" I had in GSMNP:
    Was hiking a...
  14. The issue with "mama bear" is for grizzly's, not...

    The issue with "mama bear" is for grizzly's, not black bears.
    I have yet to specifically hear about someone being attacked in GSMNP by a mama bear that was defending her cubs.
    Not saying it's never...
  15. The body was originally discovered with the bear...

    The body was originally discovered with the bear scavenging the body. Since no one witnessed the attack, the only thing we knew, until the report came out, was the bear was found scavenging the...
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    This is new this year... Back in July (i.e....

    This is new this year...
    Back in July (i.e. prior to this posting), I was talking to a local and was asking if things had changed over the years regarding the safety of leaving a car at the Maddron...
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    In this case, the location isn't random. This is...

    In this case, the location isn't random.
    This is NOT the 1st time that I've heard about issues at this exact parking lot specifically for CC thieves.
    Most trailhead in GSMNP are relatively safe...
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    Opps.... didn't finish my editing. Please ignore...

    Opps.... didn't finish my editing.
    Please ignore everything after "That's why I compared it to the 900 Miler Club... it doesn't mater how you hike the trail, it only maters that you hiked the...
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    Technically you are correct... But I still see...

    Technically you are correct...

    But I still see all that as falling into the rough collection of "support level"...
    Especially since there are multiple levels to "slack packing".
    After all, just...
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    "Avoided the full experience" - I'll agree with...

    "Avoided the full experience" - I'll agree with that
    "took short cuts" - I'll disagree with that

    The main reason I'm going to disagree is because I see a similarity to someone who "did the AT"...
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    It's basically the difference between a...

    It's basically the difference between a "supported" hike an an "unsupported" hike.
    Though you could argue that anyone who so much as does a resupply is sort of a type of support.
    So it's really...
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    Never seen it, but unless it REQUIRES you to suck...

    Never seen it, but unless it REQUIRES you to suck on it to get the water pulled thru, I would think it would work. It's what I do with Sawyer filters. If the hose is about 3' long the gravity...
  23. You will (and apparently have) confused some...

    You will (and apparently have) confused some people talking and one direction or another entering/leaving TN/NC because the trail (especially thru GSMNP) follows the TN/NC border.
    But as others have...
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    Congratulations

    Congratulations
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    Was that you I dropped off at Climgmans Dome?

    Was that you I dropped off at Climgmans Dome?
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