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    I hate that the two major gateways to the Smokies...

    I hate that the two major gateways to the Smokies are such abominations. I refer to them as Gatlinturd and Cheese-okee. [emoji1787]
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    Cool! Sounds like I need to make a visit to my...

    Cool! Sounds like I need to make a visit to my local asian market and try out the straight butane. :D
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    I used to save the partial fuel canisters for use...

    I used to save the partial fuel canisters for use with my small single mantle lantern - either for emergency lighting during power outages or my picnic table light when car camping. But I have been...
  4. As demonstrated by this incident in the Smokies...

    As demonstrated by this incident in the Smokies last week...
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  5. It wouldn't hurt to call the Nantahala Ranger...

    It wouldn't hurt to call the Nantahala Ranger District and let them know - 828-524-6441.
  6. Funny you should ask. It is actually one of my...

    Funny you should ask. It is actually one of my favorite backpacking stories. Some details may be omitted to protect the guilty... :)

    It was a nice and balmy day when we left Clemson, SC. ...
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    I realize that the OP has changed their plans,...

    I realize that the OP has changed their plans, but hope this will help others when planning trips. FS Road 71 to Deep Gap is a seasonally accessible road (04/01 - 12/31). Every National Forest has...
  8. Thread: Wild life !

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    I hate it, but most of my wildlife encounters are...

    I hate it, but most of my wildlife encounters are over before I can even get my camera out. One of my scariest encounters was many years ago when I was coming down the Thomas Divide trail in the...
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    I see elk pretty often along Heintooga Ridge Road...

    I see elk pretty often along Heintooga Ridge Road heading into the SE corner of the park. I have yet to see any bulls but I guess that means I just need to spend more time up there. I was hanging...
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    Yep, you have the route and picture locations...

    Yep, you have the route and picture locations correct. The pictures are from my camera as well as my buddies and there were some issues getting all the times from the different cameras in sync. ...
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    Aha! Those must have been your tracks we saw...

    Aha! Those must have been your tracks we saw around Big Fodderstack. Those were the only signs of humans that we saw on our trip. Great trip report and pictures!. We did an overnight loop from...
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    And speaking on behalf of SOTA activators...

    And speaking on behalf of SOTA activators world-wide, I thank you for your many contributions to portable ham radio! :D

    My little ol' MTR-3B on Mt Sterling in the GSMNP a couple of weeks...
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    BPAWWD Inner Net for Trailstar

    I have a Bear Paw Wilderness Designs Pyranet with Trailstar mod up for sale. I bought it several years ago but only used it for 2 or 3 nights. It is in like new condition and I hope someone here...
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    I am currently using an Elecraft KX3 for SOTA...

    I am currently using an Elecraft KX3 for SOTA (and pretty much everything else). It is a state of the art rig with many features and option. The kit is not really something you build as in breaking...
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    SOTA Summits in Georgia NOBO (Not all summits are...

    SOTA Summits in Georgia NOBO (Not all summits are directly on the trail)

    W4G/HC-005 - Springer Mountain
    W4G/NG-040 - Sassafras Mountain
    W4G/NG-041 - Gooch Mountain
    W4G/NG-022 - Black Mountain...
  16. Sounds like a good idea, come on over to SOTA...

    Sounds like a good idea, come on over to SOTA discussion thread.

    BTW, Pete and I were heading to Mt. Rogers for a SOTA activation. I will wait until he recovers and is ready to try it again.
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    Summits on the Air (Ham Radio)

    Here you go Kevin! I will start with a little basic info. . .


    Summits on the Air (SOTA) is an awards program for amateur radio operators, encouraging portable operation from qualifying summits....
  18. I totally agree that an amazing sequence of...

    I totally agree that an amazing sequence of events led to the successful rescue. The situation could have been much worse if we had not stopped at the shelter that day. We are usually flying solo...
  19. Yep, I now have one of those keychain pill...

    Yep, I now have one of those keychain pill containers so an aspirin will never be far away. In the woods or anywhere else!

    I broke my FT-817 out of retirement for this trip, because I wanted to...
  20. Rescue from Thomas Knob Shelter - Sept. 7, 2013

    On Saturday, I was hiking with my friend and fellow ham radio guy, Pete, en route to Mt. Rogers. We had been planning this for months and we were both very excited about the trip. One of our...
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