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    There is water near campsite 27. Once we were...

    There is water near campsite 27. Once we were planning to stay at 26 were the water source was suspected to be minimal. So the volunteer at the backcountry office suggested that we top off at 27. ...
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    Campsite 15 is currently closed due to bear...

    Campsite 15 is currently closed due to bear activity.
  3. Thread: Newton Bald

    by rmitchell
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    Late September I went to Newton Bald from the...

    Late September I went to Newton Bald from the Thomas Divide trailhead. The spring was flowing pretty well.

    I did notice the steep muddy decent to the springs but the trees that HooKoo mentioned...
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    Update on my previous reply. On yesterday's...

    Update on my previous reply.

    On yesterday's day hike to Spence Field I had my phone in airplane mode but for some reason it reset when I tried to take a picture of the sign for the spur trail to...
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    From my experience, coverage with Verizon is not...

    From my experience, coverage with Verizon is not the same with contract plans and pre paid plans. Initially I had a pre paid plan with Verizon which worked fine in metro areas but not so good in...
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    When doing trail maintenance I wear leather boots...

    When doing trail maintenance I wear leather boots and OR two layer gaiters. Mostly to keep dirt out of my boots and to protect my shins from a ricocheting swing blade. Hiking is low tops trail shoes...
  7. Very unusual! Typically the problem is just...

    Very unusual!

    Typically the problem is just the opposite...food and equipment left behind by some not willing to pack it out.
  8. Thanks for sharing. Big South Fork is not...

    Thanks for sharing.

    Big South Fork is not somewhere that I would want to night hike. One wrong turn and you could step off a cliff!
  9. The design of the SS is really interesting. I...

    The design of the SS is really interesting. I like the concept of the offset treking poles to maximize the entry door opening. High/low vents would appear to be good for ventilation. And the...
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    +1 On what Traveler said. Several small churches...

    +1 On what Traveler said. Several small churches in East Tennessee had opened up for in person services but have since closed back down due to Covid 19 outbreaks. Many had thought that rural areas...
  11. The Hazel Creek closure brings up a question. ...

    The Hazel Creek closure brings up a question.

    I suppose Jeff had to skip Porter's Creek because of that closure as will Nancy and Chris.

    So I wonder how long Hazel Creek will remain closed?
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  12. Thread: Crowds

    by rmitchell
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    Mt. Cammerer can see a lot of day traffic on...

    Mt. Cammerer can see a lot of day traffic on weekends, especially in leaf season.
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    Horse hitching area at Tricorner4676546766...

    Horse hitching area at Tricorner4676546766
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    Congratulations!

    Congratulations!
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    At Tricorner there is a small spot just to the...

    At Tricorner there is a small spot just to the right as you approach the shelter on the spur trail. If you tent under the bear cables that is very close to the privy.

    Northbound near the...
  16. Quick action by the rangers considering the...

    Quick action by the rangers considering the remote location.

    A good reason to carry a GPS with messaging capability as there is no cell coverage in that area.

    Too soon to know details the...
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    That is relatively low elevation so the...

    That is relatively low elevation so the temperature likely will be close to the forecast for Gatlinburg with a low in upper sixties. However a possible thunderstorm could make it seem much cooler. ...
  18. Additional front county campgrounds are going to...

    Additional front county campgrounds are going to open up on September 3.
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    All of the shelters and backcountry sites in the...

    All of the shelters and backcountry sites in the park have a cable system for hanging packs and food except for Davenport Gap.

    Water is typically from a spring close to each shelter. Sometimes...
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    Shocked and saddened to hear this. RIP Rainman.

    Shocked and saddened to hear this.

    RIP Rainman.
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    Hitching from Davenport to anywhere at all in a...

    Hitching from Davenport to anywhere at all in a good year would be difficult. There just isn't much car traffic at Davenport Gap. More so at the bridge crossing at

    the river if rafting is going...
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    As several have commented elevation profile can...

    As several have commented elevation profile can be deceiving. "Micro puds" don't show on the profiles, nor does erosion, loose rocks or exposed roots.

    I was talking to a fellow hiker who had just...
  23. I'm under the impression that he's doing this all...

    I'm under the impression that he's doing this all as day hikes.

    The is a facebook post copied from an article in the Nashville Tennessean that indicates that he is working at night after he hikes....
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    Cosby Shelter is in the section that I maintain. ...

    Cosby Shelter is in the section that I maintain. It was open when I worked the section on July 16.

    I did see a handwritten note about a "pesky " bear attached to the Covid19 warnings poster...
  25. I was wondering that myself. It's kind of like...

    I was wondering that myself. It's kind of like mowing the yard. There are those spots that you have to go over again and again to get it all done.

    The postman algorithm looks useful.

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