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    If I felt vermin-like after just 24 hours, well...

    If I felt vermin-like after just 24 hours, well heck, I'd probably just stay home and watch stock car races on TV.

    I'm used to go going long periods without a bath or a shower, it's ingrained...
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    When my own personal funk becomes troublesome and...

    When my own personal funk becomes troublesome and obvious even to me, well, then it's time for a scrub down. This might not occur until after two weeks in the woods.

    For me, it's not dirt which I...
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    Hey TNhiker---regarding Bald River---are you...

    Hey TNhiker---regarding Bald River---are you talking about camping next to North River road? There are several trails that drop off the Skyway like Long Branch and Hemlock Creek and McNabb Creek...
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    I call it Collapsed Rhodo---when you can't get...

    I call it Collapsed Rhodo---when you can't get thru a trail due to a big wad of laurel branches in your face. Here's an example of a bad patch---

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    If you have the patience and the...
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    Yes, it's more weight but when you hit something...

    Yes, it's more weight but when you hit something like this---

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    It's much easier to drop the pack (opportunity for a reststop) and clear a way instead of fighting thru with a 90 lb pack.
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    To avoid the gap teeth I keep my corona folding...

    To avoid the gap teeth I keep my corona folding saw inside a used bread bag and cinched with a rubber band---and it fits next to my Nalgene in the pack's water bottle pocket---or inside my t-shirt...
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    I like the corona cuz I can fold it up and drop...

    I like the corona cuz I can fold it up and drop it down the front of my t-shirt when I'm backpacking and pull it out when needed with the pack on.

    But really, the more important question is---what...
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    It's a 10 inch corona from Lowes $20. The Ranger...

    It's a 10 inch corona from Lowes $20. The Ranger Kids were using a large Silky but I find Silkys to be too heavy (and expensive) for my needs. Since the corona blade cannot be sharpened I usually...
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    Good to hear from you. I usually don't see a...

    Good to hear from you. I usually don't see a soul either but on one trip I did see two Soles---

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    Trail 149 has been cleared from Cold Gap to the Brush Mt trailhead/trailpost---not by me...
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    Thanks for the input---especially about the...

    Thanks for the input---especially about the snakes. Gotta love the reptiles. They put the "wild" in wilderness. I call them the Grizzlies of the Southeast---because they are one of the few things...
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    I remember once running into a recent War vet...

    I remember once running into a recent War vet backpacking with his two kids on Seven Mile Ridge between Bob Bald and the Hangover. He was packing a pistol in a chest holster and a pistol-grip 12...
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    Hopefully we'll get a little rain soon, although...

    Hopefully we'll get a little rain soon, although with no rain the Jacks is easily crossed. Where are you starting your loop? Dally Gap??
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    I know there's been a big push by the bicycle...

    I know there's been a big push by the bicycle lobby to open up wilderness areas to rolling traffic---so the concern.
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    They had alot to say about their intentions---and...

    They had alot to say about their intentions---and wanted to "map" out the NF trail and see if there were any erosion issues etc. They tabulated percent trail grade, length with the wheel, if...
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    https://photos.smugmug.com/Backpack-2019-Trips-195...

    https://photos.smugmug.com/Backpack-2019-Trips-195-/21-Days-in-a-Pit-Viper-Furnace/i-xGKL7BN/0/c5e42cc5/XL/Trip%20199%20%28319%29-XL.jpg
    The last day of my trip and the McHale pack is about 30...
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    https://photos.smugmug.com/Backpack-2019-Trips-195...

    https://photos.smugmug.com/Backpack-2019-Trips-195-/21-Days-in-a-Pit-Viper-Furnace/i-zfkvCSH/0/58c41e43/XL/Trip%20199%20%28253%29-XL.jpg
    What's the Rarest Mammal in the Southeast Wilderness???? A...
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    https://photos.smugmug.com/Backpack-2019-Trips-195...

    https://photos.smugmug.com/Backpack-2019-Trips-195-/21-Days-in-a-Pit-Viper-Furnace/i-q886D28/0/2232989c/XL/Trip%20199%20%28166%29-XL.jpg
    I cross SF Creek several times and set up camp near the Brush...
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    https://photos.smugmug.com/Backpack-2019-Trips-195...

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    On Day 6 I leave my camp and dayhike the Ranger kids down the...
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    21 Days in a Pit Viper Furnace

    I'm in vacation mode on this trip which means the goal is to camp by wilderness creeks for as long as possible and to have as many easy days of hiking as I want.

    The trip takes place in Citico...
  20. 40 years ago I started going to the woods because...

    40 years ago I started going to the woods because of my anxiety. It's a peaceful, solitary and healing place for some people---despite the rattleheads and coppermouths.

    And yes, I just got back...
  21. Pisgah yellow jackets are meaner and bigger than...

    Pisgah yellow jackets are meaner and bigger than the yellow jackets we have down here in the Citico/Slickrock and Big Frog/Cohutta and Bald River/Upper Bald wilderness. I've lost count of the times...
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    I would need 4 BearVaults if I had to package a...

    I would need 4 BearVaults if I had to package a trip's food load in them but thankfully every place I go backpacking does not require canisters.

    When my two BVs got "attacked" they were being...
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    If I had it to do over again I'd go with a Wild...

    If I had it to do over again I'd go with a Wild Ideas Bearikade and forego the BearVault experience. After you open and close the BearVault a thousand times a month you'll see why. The BV lid tends...
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    The MST is a 700+ mile trail and much of it is...

    The MST is a 700+ mile trail and much of it is road walking and/or passing thru major sprawl areas like the city of Greensboro. You're not real clear on what sections you are talking about. In the...
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    "Going out with family and friends" is the crux. ...

    "Going out with family and friends" is the crux. On the one hand such trips are short and never in the 15 to 24 day range so the pack can be lighter. OTOH if Little Mitten goes out with me I carry...
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