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    I live in Georgia and Woody Gap on the AT was...

    I live in Georgia and Woody Gap on the AT was more crowded then I have ever seen last weekend. But if you walk a mile away from parking, the crowds thin to near nothing.

    As a poster mentioned...
  2. Thread: GSMNP Hike

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    The one positive to the coronavirus outbreak, not...

    The one positive to the coronavirus outbreak, not having to actually sleep in GSMNP shelters. I wonder if that will be permanent? I sure hope so. I could never imagine sleeping in a shelter with a...
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    Cheese factory is a 1 mile hike from Indian Grave...

    Cheese factory is a 1 mile hike from Indian Grave gap so it would be a haul to bring in a cooler. It is a pretty large area so you could find a peaceful place even if it was crowded. I don't think...
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    Be warned, these t-shirt sizes are way off. I...

    Be warned, these t-shirt sizes are way off. I wear a large and I could barely get this shirt on and off. Not happy.
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    The Smokies are up and running. I was there last...

    The Smokies are up and running. I was there last weekend and heading there again this weekend. The park service is also waiving the $4 per night reservation fee for the park.

    I parked at Deep...
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    Just bought a t-shirt. Thanks for the post.

    Just bought a t-shirt. Thanks for the post.
  7. Going to the Smokies this weekend. The...

    Going to the Smokies this weekend. The backcountry permit system is up and running this morning.
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    No matter what authorities may be to safe guard,...

    No matter what authorities may be to safe guard, you can't fix stupid. This idiot caused two deaths.
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    Poison ivy is one of the reasons I take a sponge...

    Poison ivy is one of the reasons I take a sponge with me in the summer and wipe down head to toe twice at day's end.

    I can't remember the last time I got poison ivy and I spend pretty much every...
  10. Thread: Camp Shoes

    by cneill13
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    +1 on the RedHead water shoes. I carry them on...

    +1 on the RedHead water shoes. I carry them on every trip. Your feet are completely covered so no popping your toes on rocks like with flip-flops. They work very well for water crossings.

    They...
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    Have you ever thought about NOT hiking in boots? ...

    Have you ever thought about NOT hiking in boots? I forever hear stories about people complaining of blisters with boots. What do you think is going to happen when you put a soft foot in a hard...
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    +1 on the Reflectix. I would also look at what...

    +1 on the Reflectix. I would also look at what you are wearing to sleep. When I started out, I would wear several layers of clothes to bed yet I would still be cold. Once I started shedding...
  13. Thread: Stinkeist?

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    Whenever I go on a hiking trip, I take a small...

    Whenever I go on a hiking trip, I take a small sponge and a gallon plastic ziplock. After I finish my camp chores in the evening, I fill the bag, strip down and take a sponge bath from head to toe,...
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    I take a smoothie straw (larger than regular...

    I take a smoothie straw (larger than regular straw) and cut it into three equal pieces. I then take my wife's makeup pads which are round, flat cotton pads and rub both sides in petroleum jelly. I...
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    Hard Ranger? It does sound like the title of a...

    Hard Ranger? It does sound like the title of a really back porn flick.
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    That is good to know about the shelter water...

    That is good to know about the shelter water source as I have been there several times when it has barely been running.

    The recent rains are finally paying off. I think we went almost 3 months in...
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    Those are great ideas. I have been dehydrating...

    Those are great ideas. I have been dehydrating homemade hummus. Cilantro, jalapeno, lime is my favorite. I also smoke the garbanzo beans on my grill before making the hummus. It adds an...
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    NOC takes advantage of their location to "stick...

    NOC takes advantage of their location to "stick it" to customers any way they can. I avoid it at all costs because it certainly will cost you.

    I made reservations with NOC for a white water raft...
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    I am more worried about yellow jackets then...

    I am more worried about yellow jackets then snakes when I am searching for firewood back in the bush of the N. Georgia mountains.

    I sat on three yellow jackets in my Helinox chair last April when...
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    I am going to rethink my hike and go clockwise as...

    I am going to rethink my hike and go clockwise as you suggested.

    I will check out the secret campsite. I always like finding something new like that.

    Thanks for taking the time to post this...
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    Please expound. Inquiring minds would love to...

    Please expound. Inquiring minds would love to know.
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    I carried a pistol the first time I went hiking...

    I carried a pistol the first time I went hiking on the AT. What a waste of 2 pounds, never again.

    Whenever I see someone with a gun I ask them, "What are you so afraid of?"
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    I am starting out of Dally and hiking the loop...

    I am starting out of Dally and hiking the loop counterclockwise. I read that Penitentiary Trail going clockwise is a beast. I am a little worried about the river crossings only because I heard...
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    Excellent and entertaining trip report as always....

    Excellent and entertaining trip report as always.

    You have inspired me to start hiking in that area. I am heading out on the Jack's River Loop this weekend. It will be the first time I have...
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    I was in the GSMNP during Memorial Day weekend...

    I was in the GSMNP during Memorial Day weekend when the southeast was in a record hot heat wave. The temperature when I left Atlanta was 93. When I got to Bryson City, it was 85. But when I got...
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