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    If your main goal is to hike a section of the AT,...

    If your main goal is to hike a section of the AT, then from New Found Gap, follow the AT north bound to the popular view at Charlie's Bunion (4 miles one way). If 8 miles is a bit much, then instead...
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    And make sure you love them... Hiking can sort...

    And make sure you love them...
    Hiking can sort of change your taste buds.
    I started my hike eating a Nature Valley nut bar and Nature Valley "Biscuits" for breakfast. While the nut bars were ok at...
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    I totally disagree... You can discuss the...

    I totally disagree...

    You can discuss the merits of parking at Clingman's Dome v. Newfound Gap.
    You can say "Clingman's Dome is crowded and it would be NICE if you can park someplace less crowded...
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    ^^THIS!!! The only long distance hike I've...

    ^^THIS!!!

    The only long distance hike I've done was the 200+ miles of the JMT... and this is one way I made sure my feet were going to be upto the task.
    {I've seen too many videos of people not...
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    If you are arriving before 10:00am, you shouldn't...

    If you are arriving before 10:00am, you shouldn't have a problem finding a parking spot.

    By contrast, I've been leaving Clingmans Dome after lunch on a Columbus Day weekend in October and traffic...
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    You list your license plate number when you get...

    You list your license plate number when you get your permit. The only reason to contact the back country office is if you plan to have your car parked in the national park for longer than your...
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    Clingmans Dome parking is often used for trips in...

    Clingmans Dome parking is often used for trips in the back country. So long as you have your hiking permit, it won't be an issue parking there.

    As already meantioned, the road between New Found...
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    Given that the operator has to drive a total of...

    Given that the operator has to drive a total of 200 miles round trip, $100 (for a single lone hiker) sounds like a price almost too good to be true. After all, the driver is only getting 50 per...
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    Based on directions from Google Maps: For a...

    Based on directions from Google Maps:
    For a shuttle service, round trip from home to pickup to dropoff to home is about 210 miles. An since most of the trip is NOT over divided highways or...
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    In addition to A Walk In The Woods, I also...

    In addition to A Walk In The Woods, I also recommend AAA Hiker Service.
    He tends to be a little cheaper than AWITW, but that's because it's just him and his Subaru compared to AWITW's being a much...
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    That's the sort of thing I was thinking. For...

    That's the sort of thing I was thinking.

    For my JMT thru hike, I applied sunscreen on my arms and legs twice a day. I didn't want the oils to get into my tent and sleeping bag, so every night, I...
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    Have you actually spent any time in our national...

    Have you actually spent any time in our national parks?
    Sure, a few extremely popular spots are protected. But that's the exception, not the rule.
    While our national parks have laws to protect...
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    It's a National Geographic documentary... so...

    It's a National Geographic documentary... so yeah, you're going to get some preservationists propaganda. But the only subject matters I recall them spending any time on were:
    1. The proposed Tram...
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    They also don't do it as a thru-hike. They do it...

    They also don't do it as a thru-hike. They do it as a section hike.

    It seems like they start their story with an attempt to thru-hike it that quickly fails.

    For their 2nd attempt, they...
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    Into the Grand Canyon

    Found this documentary on Disney+ this weekend... not really a true "trail", but the documentary covers two guys trying to hike the length of Grand Canyon National Park. From the looks of things,...
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    Yeah, I learned about the one at #5 getting torn...

    Yeah, I learned about the one at #5 getting torn down "the hard way".

    The 2nd time I ever camped in GSMNP was at #5. While planning for the trip, my back country trail map showed a shelter at the...
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    What was the reason for the removal of that...

    What was the reason for the removal of that shelter?
    Seems like I might have heard long ago, but if so, I don't remember.
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    "ALL" the reasons aren't important. But what...

    "ALL" the reasons aren't important.

    But what is really interesting is that I've been visiting the park for over 20 years, I'm a member of the 900 Miler Club, and I'm only just learning that GSMNP...
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    Shelter closures due to bear activity happen...

    Shelter closures due to bear activity happen suddenly and often without warning. So if you're on a multi-day hike, it can easily happen.
    However, the bigger point to make is that since you don't...
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    Not a shelter, but I saw a similar setup in the...

    Not a shelter, but I saw a similar setup in the Deep Creek area last year where they had taken over an entire campsite for tail maintenance. It was funny seeing weed-whackers hanging from the bear...
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    I knew the park occasionally did controlled...

    I knew the park occasionally did controlled burns... and now that you mention it, I recall a few news stories over the years about some relatively small fires. But didn't realize they occurred with...
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    While not impossible, it's extremely unlikely for...

    While not impossible, it's extremely unlikely for a GSMNP shelter to burn down. The walls are stone and the roof is tin. Only the sleeping platforms, rafters and cooking/eating area tables are...
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    Your question seems to suggest that you're only...

    Your question seems to suggest that you're only hiking the AT thru GSMNP and only plan to stay at shelters.
    I'm going to jump on the band-wagon of those suggesting you also carry some sort of...
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    I'm afraid the rules are pretty simple... The...

    I'm afraid the rules are pretty simple... The official policy is that you can only camp at designated sites and you can only camp with a reservation. If a site on your itinerary becomes closed, the...
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    Perhaps a better multi-use item that could...

    Perhaps a better multi-use item that could function like this bivy might for you inside a tent would be the Space Blanket. You can drape it over you like another blanket with the reflective layer...
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