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    But you still have to check state and local laws....

    But you still have to check state and local laws.
    I've read that many WalMart parking lots welcome overnight parking (like RVs).
    I know the WalMart in Sevierville (on the way to Pigeon Forge or...
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    There are churches in Alabama that are open and...

    There are churches in Alabama that are open and practicing safe distancing.

    The church I attend has services in a gymnasium with individual seats. The seats are placed in groups so that families...
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    https://www.amazon.com/Exo-Terra-Thermometer-Celsi...

    https://www.amazon.com/Exo-Terra-Thermometer-Celsius-Fahrenheit/dp/B0002604WQ/ref=mp_s_a_1_5?dchild=1&keywords=thermometer+reptile&qid=1601132420&sprefix=thermometer+rep&sr=8-5

    No "memory"... but...
  4. Agreed... From everything I've heard over the...

    Agreed...
    From everything I've heard over the years, Davenport Gap is too close to the in/out access from the interstate, but next to the Ranger station seems much safer.

    You then have to...
  5. Couldn't you pre-filter your water with something...

    Couldn't you pre-filter your water with something like a bandana?

    I was going to also suggest the MSR SwweWater SiltStopper pre-filter. It could be used inline with a Sawyer. It's a little...
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    I've loved the section from Hemphill Bald to...

    I've loved the section from Hemphill Bald to Poles Gap for this loop.
    However, the full loop is something like 12 to 13 miles and it's about a 2,000' elevation difference.

    While I don't recomend...
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    I'm not familiar with the ExPed line. But a...

    I'm not familiar with the ExPed line. But a quick look at their web site looks like their pads are either heavier or have a lower R-Value for a similar NeoAir xLite.
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    Glad you mentioned that... because when I saw...

    Glad you mentioned that... because when I saw this pop back to the top of the list (and forgot I had already responded to it) one of the first things that popped to mind at this point is the fact...
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    Campsite 41: Looks like you're planning this...

    Campsite 41:
    Looks like you're planning this clock wise.
    I'd suggest counter-clock wise. There's more elevation gain going from the trailhead to the intersection with Caldwell Fork than there is...
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    You might want to check out parts of the Blue...

    You might want to check out parts of the Blue Ridge Parkway or Skyline Drive.
    Skyline Drive is just "The Blue Ridge Parkway" in Shenandoah National Park.
    The only problem is that this isn't a "Pit...
  11. Hiking the Smokies Based on what I've seen...

    Hiking the Smokies

    Based on what I've seen today, it looks like posts about the incident have started to peter off... For the last week, everyone that seemed to have just learned about it had to...
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    Sad news, but confirms other stories I've heard....

    Sad news, but confirms other stories I've heard.

    I sort of understand the situation... They.are understaffed and GROSSLY underfunded. From a logical stand point, the problem could be solved if...
  13. Thread: Crowds

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    Because some people have a particular fondness...

    Because some people have a particular fondness for GSMNP.
    That fondness might have something to do with the fact it is a national park, it might be that they are working towards a GSMNP goal, like...
  14. Agreeing with TNHiker on this one. Fatal bear...

    Agreeing with TNHiker on this one.
    Fatal bear attacks are so rare, we can't jump to the conclusion that the bear was responsible. While random deaths of what appears to be a responsible backpacker...
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    Yeah... two things that make the Sawyer really...

    Yeah... two things that make the Sawyer really nice is that a whole replacement doesn't cost that much, and WalMart even carries them... making them very accessible.
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    Oxygen absorbers can make a difference. When...

    Oxygen absorbers can make a difference.

    When getting read for a JMT thru, I wanted to take some dried roast beef that comes in a vacuum-packed glass jar.
    Mostly for space in a bear canister, I...
  17. Thread: Crowds

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    I believe someone either said or suggested that...

    I believe someone either said or suggested that it might be crowded in October along the AT for people doing a day hike to Shuckstack Fire Tower.
    Birch Spring shelter (now campsite #113) is located...
  18. The climate average (per the GSMNP web site...

    The climate average (per the GSMNP web site) is that at lower elevations the average Hi/Lo is 73ļ/46ļ.
    "Normal" weather can easily be +/- about 10ļ to 15ļ from normal. So even without any extreme...
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    Yeah, several changes were made for Labor Day...

    Yeah, several changes were made for Labor Day weekend.
    Had a permit to stay at LeConte Shelter Saturday of Labor Day weekend. When I got the permit, only 6 spots were being issued {half capacity). ...
  20. Thread: Crowds

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    Parts of the Smokies WILL be a zoo... but that's...

    Parts of the Smokies WILL be a zoo... but that's mainly going to be the popular trails that day hikers use:
    i.g. Laurel Falls, Alum Cave, Rainbow Fall, Trillium Gap (to Grotto Falls), Charlies...
  21. Thread: Crowds

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    Typical October weather will see night time...

    Typical October weather will see night time temperatures around freezing at the upper elevations. Wait until November and you might see freezing conditions at lower elevations.

    The road to...
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    Looking at Google Earth, I think we're both...

    Looking at Google Earth, I think we're both talking about the same water source, except you are walking strait to it an running into the drainage above the trail. I'm describing the L..O..N..G.. way...
  23. Thread: Crowds

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    Most leaf peepers will be on day-hike trails or...

    Most leaf peepers will be on day-hike trails or just staying in their car.
    Along the AT, the only place I'd expect it to be crowded is New Found Gap to Charlie's Bunion
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    I would never tent under the bear cables... But...

    I would never tent under the bear cables... But I've often notices that the ground at the bear cables often looks like the best spot in the campsite to setup a tent (level with ground well beatten...
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    What time of year was this taken? What I've...

    What time of year was this taken?
    What I've observed is that many shelters have grasses growing around them. The grass dies back in the winter and the spring thru hikers are able to camp on the...
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