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    Hey Tipi ,you did post a report, must of have...

    Hey Tipi ,you did post a report, must of have missed it. It was great to reunite for two trips (well two for me anyway). I meant to tell you that on the Friday that you came out of the forest I ran...
  2. Topo Athletic - toe box not as wide as advertised

    I just received a pair of the Terra Adventure 2 trail shoe and I'm very surprised at the fit. All the advertising focus on the roomy toe box seems to be untrue. These don't seem any different than...
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    Illabelle, well IMO a folder, bow saw, or...

    Illabelle, well IMO a folder, bow saw, or chainsaw should be carried just for Big Fat road but I would say clippers will be fine for the route you've planned.

    Oh and apologies to Bamadog for...
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    Tipi, I did a surprisingly good off-trail route...

    Tipi, I did a surprisingly good off-trail route Sunday from the spring on Pine Mtn down to the North Fork. Only a bit of bushwhacking and one cascade too dangerous to traverse (had to find a way...
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    Well so the BMT is in good shape everywhere I've...

    Well so the BMT is in good shape everywhere I've seen lately with only a few exceptions: the section from the Unicoi overlook on the Skyway both towards Mud Gap and Beech Gap are bad, and you...
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    Hey illabelle, I was also parked just past Beech...

    Hey illabelle, I was also parked just past Beech Gap last weekend at the overlook parking lot. Sorry I missed you guys. I started Friday evening and did an odd route that only had me on the BMT from...
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    I parked at Beech Gap two weekends ago; there are...

    I parked at Beech Gap two weekends ago; there are signs announcing Skyway closure starting from the turn off of 68 at the Hardees all the way up to Beech Gap. Four mile ridge is a good place to stay...
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    no just the same info that has been on the...

    no just the same info that has been on the website for days:

    Park Extends Closure to Support Regional COVID-19 Prevention EffortsGreat Smoky Mountains National Park officials announced that all...
  9. True enough that some of those wind-swept ridges...

    True enough that some of those wind-swept ridges are tough to tent on when the weather is bad. I'm a local and long time Smokies hiker; I'm really over the shelters and would love to see them go...
  10. Yeah I was thinking about that. It works...

    Yeah I was thinking about that. It works perfectly well. Not all of the exiting shelter spots would be conducive to a tent pad campus, but 113 was constructed after all. I would absolutely be...
  11. Amen, tear 'em down and build tent pad campuses....

    Amen, tear 'em down and build tent pad campuses. It's time for this to change.
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    IMO , hikers are nearly always wise to avoid the...

    IMO , hikers are nearly always wise to avoid the shelters when possible. Last December I contracted noro-virus during a week long section. I didn't sleep in the shelters, but used the benches and...
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    Wow , looking back that Big Frog trip was 2015....

    Wow , looking back that Big Frog trip was 2015. Time is flying by. That was my second watermelon carry and just to crack you up:
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    Another terrible wind storm was in that gap (I...

    Another terrible wind storm was in that gap (I forget the name..probably deep, or cold, or low, or beech) in the Big Frog when I was testing that Hille tarp:
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    Yes I still remember that night (hard to believe...

    Yes I still remember that night (hard to believe it was 2012!!); it is in my all-time top 5 worst wind moments. I remember packing up all that I could in case that tent shredded, and during the worst...
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    Great Report Walter! So now if my memory is...

    Great Report Walter! So now if my memory is correct, is this not the second Hilleberg tent Hoppin John has lost to high winds on the Bob? Note to self: never setup near Hoppin John in any camp.
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    Yeah me too, if going soon watch out for ice....

    Yeah me too, if going soon watch out for ice. This is a good section to use traction devices if below freezing.
  18. Last spring I searched for the shelter shown near...

    Last spring I searched for the shelter shown near the intersection of Jenkins and the AT on an old USGS Quad overlay I downloaded on my In Reach. I bushwhacked down from the Jenkins ridge trail after...
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    I second AAA Hiker Service but must disclose that...

    I second AAA Hiker Service but must disclose that the owner is a friend.
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    Eric, What size do you need? I have some Lone...

    Eric, What size do you need? I have some Lone Peak 4.0 in size 9.5 with about the same miles on them but in that model I need size 9. Want to trade? Or do you need smaller?
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    Yeah man, Enloe camp is beautiful but kind of...

    Yeah man, Enloe camp is beautiful but kind of grosses me out. I mean, you have to really put some effort in to finding a good place to dig a cathole and I worry that many don't do the work.
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    Hi Bianchi, Regarding water, all of the...

    Hi Bianchi,

    Regarding water, all of the mentioned campsites are near creeks (#17 is beside the very large Abrams creek though I usually get my water from a spring just north of the campsite on the...
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    I have no evidence to base this on but...

    I have no evidence to base this on but "political" sounds right to me. Scott Mountain trail skirts right by several residences. Other trails do too (thinking of Round Top and Cataloochee Divide), but...
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    HooKoo, I've learned that Scott Mountain trail...

    HooKoo,

    I've learned that Scott Mountain trail has some big blow-downs and all appear to have been cleared with small blades and are completely passable. There are parts that have closed in with...
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    lol, now I have to caution you on mentioning that...

    lol, now I have to caution you on mentioning that you carry oxy tabs in your kit. don't let that slip while in TN. :0
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