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  1. The design of the SS is really interesting. I...

    The design of the SS is really interesting. I like the concept of the offset treking poles to maximize the entry door opening. High/low vents would appear to be good for ventilation. And the...
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    +1 On what Traveler said. Several small churches...

    +1 On what Traveler said. Several small churches in East Tennessee had opened up for in person services but have since closed back down due to Covid 19 outbreaks. Many had thought that rural areas...
  3. The Hazel Creek closure brings up a question. ...

    The Hazel Creek closure brings up a question.

    I suppose Jeff had to skip Porter's Creek because of that closure as will Nancy and Chris.

    So I wonder how long Hazel Creek will remain closed?
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    Mt. Cammerer can see a lot of day traffic on...

    Mt. Cammerer can see a lot of day traffic on weekends, especially in leaf season.
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    Horse hitching area at Tricorner4676546766...

    Horse hitching area at Tricorner4676546766
    September 2019
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    Congratulations!

    Congratulations!
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    At Tricorner there is a small spot just to the...

    At Tricorner there is a small spot just to the right as you approach the shelter on the spur trail. If you tent under the bear cables that is very close to the privy.

    Northbound near the...
  8. Quick action by the rangers considering the...

    Quick action by the rangers considering the remote location.

    A good reason to carry a GPS with messaging capability as there is no cell coverage in that area.

    Too soon to know details the...
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    That is relatively low elevation so the...

    That is relatively low elevation so the temperature likely will be close to the forecast for Gatlinburg with a low in upper sixties. However a possible thunderstorm could make it seem much cooler. ...
  10. Additional front county campgrounds are going to...

    Additional front county campgrounds are going to open up on September 3.
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    All of the shelters and backcountry sites in the...

    All of the shelters and backcountry sites in the park have a cable system for hanging packs and food except for Davenport Gap.

    Water is typically from a spring close to each shelter. Sometimes...
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    Shocked and saddened to hear this. RIP Rainman.

    Shocked and saddened to hear this.

    RIP Rainman.
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    Hitching from Davenport to anywhere at all in a...

    Hitching from Davenport to anywhere at all in a good year would be difficult. There just isn't much car traffic at Davenport Gap. More so at the bridge crossing at

    the river if rafting is going...
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    As several have commented elevation profile can...

    As several have commented elevation profile can be deceiving. "Micro puds" don't show on the profiles, nor does erosion, loose rocks or exposed roots.

    I was talking to a fellow hiker who had just...
  15. I'm under the impression that he's doing this all...

    I'm under the impression that he's doing this all as day hikes.

    The is a facebook post copied from an article in the Nashville Tennessean that indicates that he is working at night after he hikes....
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    Cosby Shelter is in the section that I maintain. ...

    Cosby Shelter is in the section that I maintain. It was open when I worked the section on July 16.

    I did see a handwritten note about a "pesky " bear attached to the Covid19 warnings poster...
  17. I was wondering that myself. It's kind of like...

    I was wondering that myself. It's kind of like mowing the yard. There are those spots that you have to go over again and again to get it all done.

    The postman algorithm looks useful.

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  18. Looks as if the original post was 1 year ago. ...

    Looks as if the original post was 1 year ago. Might be interesting to find out what happened but that appears to be his/her only post.
  19. What sections do you still have to complete?

    What sections do you still have to complete?
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    This is why I cancelled my planned LASH from...

    This is why I cancelled my planned LASH from Harper's Ferry to Pawling in May. For now I am only doing solo day hikes and carry an inReach.

    May be 2021 or May be 2022. Oh well, there are still...
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    Another possibility is that she did what I did...

    Another possibility is that she did what I did once and took the right turn onto the Sweat Heifer Trail. My hiking partner was standing in front of the sigh and asked which way and I said go right...
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    Over the length of the AT through the park there...

    Over the length of the AT through the park there is a variety of trail conditions. Some portions will be relatively smooth and cushy underfoot but some will be rocky and uneven. Northbound from...
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    Slo-go'en most of the time I agree with you but...

    Slo-go'en most of the time I agree with you but not knowing anything about the OP's experience or fitness it might be prudent to at least begin the attempted thru hike with a buddy or buddies.

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    I have parked at Fontana on several occasions and...

    I have parked at Fontana on several occasions and never had an issue. Last time the circle at the visitor center was full of Crysler Crossfires, so I parked in the lot across the retaining wall...
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    Another consideration is that the window for...

    Another consideration is that the window for reserving a spot has been reduced to two weeks.
    Also the maximum capacity of the shelter sites has been reduced to 8 persons. So they will book up...
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