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  1. Take something. I just did the Fontana to I40...

    Take something. I just did the Fontana to I40 section and took a one person tent. Did I use it? No. However, it was worth the weight. You just don't know what you will encounter in a hike through the...
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    Thanks

    Perfect. Thanks. I was looking for an area by the river but couldn't tell from the satellite maps if there is parking around the Pigeon River area.
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    North exit area of GSMNP

    I'm hiking the GSMNP next week and my wife will pick me up in the Davenport exit area. It looks like there's not much there for a rendezvous point, other than telling her to take exit 451 on I40. ...
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    Awesome pics.
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    Thanks. I understand. Show up early and get a...

    Thanks. I understand. Show up early and get a spot.
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    Yes, section hiking. I've gradually worked my way...

    Yes, section hiking. I've gradually worked my way up from Springer. I assume if you arrive to a full shelter, you politely ask for your reserved space or pitch a tent.
  7. It wasn't bad last year and I assume it's about...

    It wasn't bad last year and I assume it's about the same now. Drive slow and enjoy the ride. Plenty of parking.
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    GSMNP permits

    I'm headed up in a few weeks to section hike the Smokies from Fontana to Davenport. I have my permit with "reservations" at designated shelters along the trail. This will be my first experience with...
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    Verizon service at Fontana?

    How is Verizon cell service at Fontana Dam? I'm slack packing the Stecoah to Fontana Dam stretch on Saturday. Just wondering if I'll be able to call or text from the dam area.
  10. January day hike - Tellico Gap to Nantahala Outdoor Center

    What would be expectations for temp along that stretch this weekend? I'm guessing 30 or so leaving Tellico. Anyone have any experience on that 8-mile stretch during the winter?
  11. Poll: Four weeks, and it's way too long.

    Four weeks, and it's way too long.
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    Good water

    I hiked from Deep Gap to Bly and back last month and the water was plentiful. Also hiked from Deep Gap to Winding Stair Gap a week and a half ago and again, the water was flowing well. On both...
  13. Anyone camped at Wine Spring Rd area in NC?

    Planning another section hike (Winding Stair Gap to Nantahala Outdoor Center) and thinking about camping at the Wine Spring Road area the first night. What is it like there? Good campsites? Water?
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    I have custom orthotics but use Spenco insoles in...

    I have custom orthotics but use Spenco insoles in my Merrells for hiking. The orthotics are great for daily wear but I need a little cushion for hiking. For me, the Spenco greens provide the right...
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    Never used the Katadyn but the Sawyer Mini worked...

    Never used the Katadyn but the Sawyer Mini worked great during my recent 9-day hike. I did backwash the first day and once more during the trip to keep the flow constant from the filter.
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    I put it on the scale at Neels Gap and it was 44...

    I put it on the scale at Neels Gap and it was 44 lbs without water and after depleting food from the pack for 3 days. First mistake was starting with a bearvault instead of hanging food. Rookie...
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    I didn't have any trouble with bugs but I did...

    I didn't have any trouble with bugs but I did spray my arms and legs with Deet everyday. Water was flowing in most of the listed resources. I was a little slow and it took me nine days, one day...
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    Competed first section hike last week

    I've been lurking on this forum for a while and appreciate the wealth of knowledge and tips for newbies. I completed my first section hike, Springer to Bly Gap (NC), last weekend. It turned out...
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    Poll: Two big boys near Tray Mountain Shelter in late...

    Two big boys near Tray Mountain Shelter in late May 2015.
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