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  1. Your bag will be fine. Sleep in a good base...

    Your bag will be fine. Sleep in a good base layer, I like the Under Armor Cold Gear. Wear socks to bed and stuff your jacket in the bottom to take up the extra volume. Use a quality pad and all...
  2. I spent $300.00 on a Gregory Pack several years...

    I spent $300.00 on a Gregory Pack several years ago. Best money I ever spent. I get out about 15 times a year with at least one week long trip in there. I had a pack previously that was $100.00...
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    Love the Under Armour cold gear. Have used them...

    Love the Under Armour cold gear. Have used them for about 5 years. Best base layer I ever owned.
  4. Thread: Chunk Hiking

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    Sounds like a good plan. Beware of the weather...

    Sounds like a good plan. Beware of the weather in the Smokys. The AT through Great Smoky Mountain National Park has the longest stretch over 5000ft of the entire trail. Late march and early April...
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    When I was a scout leader we took a group of 14...

    When I was a scout leader we took a group of 14 to hike for a week every year in the smokies. The way we did it was we picked loop hikes that had the milage we wanted and even included some miles on...
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    I feel your pain. Although I am not as tall as...

    I feel your pain. Although I am not as tall as you I was also an OL in college (30 years ago). I am still 6'3 and weigh 320. My son also played in college and he still weighs 275. We found that...
  7. I feel your pain. As a scout leader for 16 years...

    I feel your pain. As a scout leader for 16 years I had the pleasure to plan many a trip for large groups like yours. My suggestion is to take RED_DOG's option 2 but break the group up into two...
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    Amazing how much of that mountain that nature has...

    Amazing how much of that mountain that nature has recaptured in 80 years.
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    Based on your prior experience being the...

    Based on your prior experience being the uwharries I would take the Smokies trip. Park at the Big Creek Ranger Station and have a shuttle take you to Newfound gap then hike north. You can stay the...
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    Bryson City Eats and Drinks

    Looking for some reccomendations on a cool place to eat and have few beers in Bryson City.
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    Standing indian/Deep Gap to NOC is a nice stroll.

    Standing indian/Deep Gap to NOC is a nice stroll.
  12. Thread: 2-Day Hike

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    I second the grassy branch route. Sweat heifer...

    I second the grassy branch route. Sweat heifer is hard on the knees.
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    Make sure you have the Nat Geo Pisgah Ranger...

    Make sure you have the Nat Geo Pisgah Ranger District or the US Forest Service Shining Rock and Middle Prong Wilderness Map and a compass and you will be fine. Lots of great trails and scenery...
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    Congrats on your anniversary. I just celebrated...

    Congrats on your anniversary. I just celebrated one year since my aortic valve replacement that I had done the day after my 49th birthday. My was due to a birth defect that resulted in the failure...
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    Sounds like a great trip. The first day hiking...

    Sounds like a great trip. The first day hiking up to Mt Sterling from Big Creek trailhead will get your attention. If I remember correctly it is about 4500ft gain in about 6 miles. Once you summit...
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    The trail between #71 and #70 is an old railroad...

    The trail between #71 and #70 is an old railroad grade. Very wide and almost flat about a 20 minute walk if you stop and enjoy the stream along the way. Well worth the little extra effort to have a...
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    On option #1 day 1 do the extra 1.2 miles up to...

    On option #1 day 1 do the extra 1.2 miles up to site # 70 and then back track on day to the Springhouse Branch. Site 71 is a huge horse site with a chimney and is usaully full of horses and what...
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    I second the SNP suggestion. Maybe Damascus...

    I second the SNP suggestion. Maybe Damascus north through Mt Rogers to Pearisburg. The Smokies and the Nantahalas will be overrun with thrus.
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    Hey 10K, That video looks just like the day...

    Hey 10K,

    That video looks just like the day you dropped my buddies and I off there last november to start hiking south. Good thing the trees provided some shelter from the wind till we got to...
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    Shuttle needed from Dick's Creek Gap

    I need a shuttle for 6 or 7 guys from Dicks Creek Gap to Deep Gap NC for Thursday november 15th. Any help would be appriciated.

    Thanks
  21. Thread: GSMNP thru

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    The climb from Davenport gap to Tricorner Knob is...

    The climb from Davenport gap to Tricorner Knob is a long one.
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    I have left cars at both Carvers and Beauty Spot...

    I have left cars at both Carvers and Beauty Spot on several occasions with no problems at all.
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    Erwin to Carvers gap is a great hike. Do it...

    Erwin to Carvers gap is a great hike. Do it southbound starting at Carvers though. Less tough climbs this way and easy to stage your camping spots.
    Option one.
    Park one car in Erwin at Uncle...
  24. Thread: REI Warranty

    by chelko
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    I like many of you have spent thousands at REI...

    I like many of you have spent thousands at REI over the years not only outfitting myself but my wife and 3 kids. My wife had a Mmarmot Precip Rain Jacket that started to de-laminate at the back of...
  25. Thread: Roan Mt. advice

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    Park at the hostel just down the road from the...

    Park at the hostel just down the road from the 19E crossing it is safer. I think the hostel is either Kincora or Mt. Harbor not sure. Get a shuttle to Carvers Gap and hike northbound from there. ...
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