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    Sure wish I could make it, but I will be out...

    Sure wish I could make it, but I will be out hammocking on my own this weekend. I have been tagged to do a hammock presentation next year at a scouting event. Sure would be good to get some ideas. ...
  2. I love my trekking poles, and I use them very...

    I love my trekking poles, and I use them very effectively. In fact, I really feel they saved me on my downhills this trip.

    Here is a picture of the whole gang at Spence Field Shelter, all of us...
  3. Thanks everyone. I knew this was a common...

    Thanks everyone. I knew this was a common occurance, but never having experienced it for myself, I had no frame of reference. Yeah, I know I am getting old, but I am one of those who will go down...
  4. Knee discomfort following rugged section

    I just finished a 60 mile section from Clingman's Dome south to NOC. In the past, I have never had a problem with any knee pain/discomfort with downhill sections. However about halfway through this...
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    Actually, there is one. Campsite #113 at Birch...

    Actually, there is one. Campsite #113 at Birch Spring Gap. It is north of Shuckstack and south of Millie's Ridge. There are 7 designated and prepared camping "pads." Half the camp is on each side...
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    Campsite at Cody Gap NC and H2O

    I was looking at one of the guides, which identified Cody Gap as having a campsite, with water 0.2 miles west. Here is a topo map of Cody Gap. Looks like a fairly flat area just south of the gap, but...
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    That is the same page I referenced in my post as...

    That is the same page I referenced in my post as well. If you look on that page and follow the link entitled "Backcountry Rules and Regulations" it clearly states in item 3 that use of reserved sites...
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    You must call the park in advance and make...

    You must call the park in advance and make reservations. Then when you arrive, you can fill out the backcountry permit. If you are coming through Gatlinburg, the Sugerlands Vistor Center is the...
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    I understand. Thanks for the info. We are off...

    I understand. Thanks for the info. We are off tomorrow. If I end up heading down there, I will report when I return.
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    Is that spring the source for Anthony creek? ...

    Is that spring the source for Anthony creek?

    And when was that the hogs had gotten into the pipe? Not sure I would be happy about a site with hogs rooting around too much....
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    Yea, I read that on the NPS site. We are...

    Yea, I read that on the NPS site. We are scheduled to stay at Spence Field early next week. so that is concerning to us.

    I am an analytical guy. That information went onto the website on Wednesday...
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    Sorry to hear about your friends. These...

    Sorry to hear about your friends. These accidents are more common than one may think, but the statistics are telling. Seatbelts make a difference. Hope they both recover.
  13. I will be through there with friends, but we are...

    I will be through there with friends, but we are leaving earlier in the week and continuing down to Nantahala by the weekend.

    I just saw that Spence Field is dry. If you have any information on...
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    GSMNP dry conditions

    I just noticed that Spence Field is being reported as dry. I will be up there next week, any suggestions on other nearby sources?
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    I have asked the Fontana question lately, but we...

    I have asked the Fontana question lately, but we changed our plans. Regardless, all the advice was to park at the Fontana Dam Visitor Center (upper parking lot). As the Dam is a security risk, it...
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    Not the lightest ones out there, but for mosquito...

    Not the lightest ones out there, but for mosquito hammocks, my money would be on a Grand Trunk Skeeter Beeter (my go-to hammock for a year and a half and very comfortable) or for a but more money,...
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    Thanks for the site, my friend. I have pinned it...

    Thanks for the site, my friend. I have pinned it to my favorites.

    Pardon my skepticism, but I am not yet convinced the attached weather forecast is accurate. I clicked on link, followed by Silers...
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    Next week's GSMNP weather on the AT

    We're in the final push for our AT section, and are trying to figure out the weather forecasts. Nearest I can find are Gatlinburg, Bryson City and Cheoah Ranger Station (Robbinsville), with the...
  19. Now you're talking. 23 lbs is a big improvement....

    Now you're talking. 23 lbs is a big improvement. Keep us posted on your progress....
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    My son and I both own ULAs. Mine was custom, and...

    My son and I both own ULAs. Mine was custom, and after I discussed the order with the owner (Chris), the man was going to sew the pack called me personally before he got started to confirm my custom...
  21. In my earliest days of hammocking, before I had a...

    In my earliest days of hammocking, before I had a "proper" underquilt, I once used a space blanket as one cog in a makeshift insulation system. I put a folded army style wool blanket inside the...
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    My winter hammock is a Warbonnet Traveler which I...

    My winter hammock is a Warbonnet Traveler which I couple with a Hammock Gear 4-Season cuben tarp (with doors). Weights are 15.7 and 10.0 oz (including suspension). That is well under 2 lbs. Add to...
  23. My son used this exact pad on a 12-day trek in...

    My son used this exact pad on a 12-day trek in New Mexico this past summer. We talked about it at lenght last night and he very much likes it. They are not cheap, but they are light and 2.5" when...
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    Glad I was able to share the knowledge and that...

    Glad I was able to share the knowledge and that someone was able to take something good from it.
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    Thanks for that. Never having actually eaten...

    Thanks for that. Never having actually eaten quinoa that is good to know. I was intending to add it to other meals. I know it is loaded with protein, but is it also a good supply of starch?

    May...
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