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  1. Using a footprint under a tent impedes water...

    Using a footprint under a tent impedes water drainage under the tent floor into the ground---because the foot print is sandwiching water between the tent floor and the ground cloth---i.e. puddles on...
  2. Another negatory of Big Agnes tents---they use...

    Another negatory of Big Agnes tents---they use flame retardant chemicals in their tent fabrics. Mt Hardwear does not.
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    This is what I'm talkin' about. How long will...

    This is what I'm talkin' about. How long will the trip be? Sounds like maybe a 6 or 7 day trek? I've done the same thing many times but would stretch it out to 21+ days---cuz I did low mile days...
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    The reason I post on Whiteblaze is because it's a...

    The reason I post on Whiteblaze is because it's a Backpacking forum first and foremost and an AT forum secondarily---and it deals with the Southeast mountains. Point me to an equally robust...
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    Last night I slept on a Thermarest in the...

    Last night I slept on a Thermarest in the backyard and this morning I loaded up my vintage 1980 North Face pack and hiked around the neighborhood. Gotta keep up my chops between trips.

    Here's the...
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    In the Southeast where I backpack public lands...

    In the Southeast where I backpack public lands are prolific but sadly surrounded by development and sprawl---ever encroaching sprawl. And overhead jet traffic noise is terrible no matter if you're...
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    I forgot to include Steve McCullough's pic here...

    I forgot to include Steve McCullough's pic here in my trip report---
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  8. Thread: GSMNP Hike

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    Exactly my sentiments. Never stayed in a shelter...

    Exactly my sentiments. Never stayed in a shelter and never will.



    I just got back from a 15 day backpacking trip and saw no crowds---in fact I didn't see a single backpacker or dayhiker the...
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    Thanks for the input. Now I'm gearing up for...

    Thanks for the input. Now I'm gearing up for something in June---pit viper season.
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    The negative perceptions of aging happen most...

    The negative perceptions of aging happen most especially for me when I'm NOT backpacking. I.E. couch potato-itis.
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    https://photos.smugmug.com/Backpack-2020-Trips-202...

    https://photos.smugmug.com/Backpack-2020-Trips-202-/15-Day-Quest-for-Murr-Creek/i-57RCQMX/0/0b6edb57/XL/Trip%20204%20%28240%29-XL.jpg
    State Line Ridge returns me on the BMT to Six Mile Gap and I...
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    https://photos.smugmug.com/Backpack-2020-Trips-202...

    https://photos.smugmug.com/Backpack-2020-Trips-202-/15-Day-Quest-for-Murr-Creek/i-dMJJbhm/0/10172912/XL/Trip%20204%20%28109%29-XL.jpg
    I enter the back trail of Bald River wilderness on Trail 88 and...
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    15 Day Quest for Murr Creek

    Okay boys and girls---I just got back from a 15 day backpacking trip into the Bald River backcountry which is located in the mountains of Tennessee.

    Here are the main trails hiked---
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    It sounds like you may of come down near Indian...

    It sounds like you may of come down near Indian Branch Creek on the North Fork---which often has a homemade log footbridge and ample flat spots (and trash) on a hill above the creek. Way below the...
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    Yes, Trail 149 is bad between Brush Mt jct and...

    Yes, Trail 149 is bad between Brush Mt jct and North Fork Creek on the Citico side. Here's a pic of a part of 149---

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    Otherwise the Citico trails are in pretty good shape---even the...
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    You have two decent options---the Cohutta option...

    You have two decent options---the Cohutta option and the Bald River/Citico/Slickrock option.

    Cohutta---you could start near Watson Gap and use the BMT to head north and take Cohutta side trails...
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    I just got back from a 15 day trip on the thing.

    I just got back from a 15 day trip on the thing.
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    This subject has been exhaustively hashed out...

    This subject has been exhaustively hashed out before---

    https://whiteblaze.net/forum/showthread.php/128243-Filtering-water-is-medically-unnecessary-Slate-Magazine-Article
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    I've had a pony tail and long hair for 95% of my...

    I've had a pony tail and long hair for 95% of my backpacking career and yes it's nice to have clean hair on the trail---any trail.

    The best solution is to go underwater in a creek and wash and...
  20. When you leave Partnership heading south on the...

    When you leave Partnership heading south on the AT in about 6-7 miles you pass over this spring water source---

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    And right past this source is this campsite next to a cattle fence---
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    Beware genuine cork handles!! They will...

    Beware genuine cork handles!! They will disintegrate after a couple years of hard use and are impossible to replace (the cork that is)---Here is my last BD hiking pole---and the upper sheen is some...
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    Their so-called Black Label designation---Kerlon...

    Their so-called Black Label designation---Kerlon 1800 fly with urethane floor etc. And for ULers their Akto comes to mind or better yet their Enan at 2 lbs 10 ozs with 18.3 sq ft of room---same as...
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    Did you see any bicyclists on the Georgia...

    Did you see any bicyclists on the Georgia section? You don't mention it.

    I found this Pinhoti campsite right below Buddy Cove Gap close to FS road ?something or other. 62?? I got swarmed by...
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    I would be most concerned with floor Denier---and...

    I would be most concerned with floor Denier---and it's not listed on your links. My tents all have 100D floors---beefy and long lasting. Fly deniers are 40D---and floor hydrostatic head is...
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    In the old days I used to backpack with a B-flat...

    In the old days I used to backpack with a B-flat clarinet so I could make money playing street music off the trail. Then I retired from the clarinet world and went to soprano recorder.

    To kill...
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