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    The only way I've gotten to Max Patch is on the...

    The only way I've gotten to Max Patch is on the road from Exit 7 off of I-40. I imagine that the other ways of getting there will be similar with respect to road conditions.

    What you might not...
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    1. Finished our section hike seven months ago. ...

    1. Finished our section hike seven months ago. Having now "graduated" I feel less in need of a regular intake of WB. I am grateful for the many posters who shared information that helped us with...
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    I ain't skeered o' the dark, just the noises out...

    I ain't skeered o' the dark, just the noises out there!

    I haven't done any solo camping. As a woman who's a bit old fashioned and beginning to reach the senior years, I sorta feel entitled to...
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    Mountain Harbour will also shuttle you, and if...

    Mountain Harbour will also shuttle you, and if you need it, they'll feed you and rent you a bunk for the night.
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    Love this idea! We have 12 acres, about 2/3...

    Love this idea!

    We have 12 acres, about 2/3 wooded. I have made trails all over the place. Used to be a loop about a mile long, but I've added side loops and spur trails so I don't know what the...
  6. We've visited BSF many times, but usually no more...

    We've visited BSF many times, but usually no more than a dayhike or one-nighter. Your multi-day route looks like fun.

    One caution: Unlike the Smokies, as stated above, this area is an eroded...
  7. I don't know that these fit all your criteria,...

    I don't know that these fit all your criteria, but they're worth a look:
    Grandfather Mountain (hike in from the Profile Trail or from the east - I forget the name of that trail), and especially camp...
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    About a year ago I climbed up on a large tree...

    About a year ago I climbed up on a large tree that had fallen across the trail, and hopped off the other side. I should have eased myself off the tree, but I thought I was young and spry. Anyhow I...
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    When our daughter got married 2-and-a-half years...

    When our daughter got married 2-and-a-half years ago, I bought an entire bolt of soft ivory tulle. Had lots left over, so I made head nets for me and my husband. I suppose we looked a bit odd in...
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    Glad you had fun! This is a great time to be...

    Glad you had fun! This is a great time to be out, lots and lots of wildflowers.
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    Agree with FlyPaper. The hike up from Davenport...

    Agree with FlyPaper. The hike up from Davenport Gap isn't easy, plus you need to factor in the time it takes to get to the trailhead. Unless you're in a big hurry, slow down a bit and ENJOY the...
  12. Excellent book (also available in audio form) on...

    Excellent book (also available in audio form) on this subject. Nearly all disease-related deaths in America are largely due to poor diet. The author, a physician, watched as his grandmother at age...
  13. The more I think about it, I like the idea of the...

    The more I think about it, I like the idea of the taller apron paired with a cape. All the heat generated around the torso can escape without exposing it to rain, or soaking you in sweat.
    :-?
  14. Most women's skirts have a back vent/slit if the...

    Most women's skirts have a back vent/slit if the skirt is narrow. Impossible to climb stairs in a narrow skirt without the vent. Stepping over logs, and climbing up boulder fields would require a...
  15. Don't forget about a rain skirt as a possible...

    Don't forget about a rain skirt as a possible addition to your list of options.
    Rain skirt + umbrella might be a good combo.
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    Forgot to mention, there's an old engine in the...

    Forgot to mention, there's an old engine in the creek a little east of CS 32. Greenbriar Road is closed for repairs. Assuming it's open by then, you would walk right past it. If you came from the...
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    Here's a link to get your backcountry permits...

    Here's a link to get your backcountry permits, which can only be obtained during the 30-day window before use. You are only allowed to camp at shelters and official campsites. Currently CS 9 and 10...
  18. Enjoyed reading through your post! We did a few...

    Enjoyed reading through your post! We did a few miles last May in the Slickrock area. It was good to hear the names of those trails again. :)
    Congratulations on your finish. Finishing gives such...
  19. I typically carry a small frying pan, which I use...

    I typically carry a small frying pan, which I use for frying and "baking," which is just pancake-style cooking. I've used cornbread mix and muffin mix. I bring some stick margarine, and a small...
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    We plann to visit RRG later in the year. I'm...

    We plann to visit RRG later in the year. I'm dealing with last minute changes. If I had more time to plan, I'd have considered doing it this weekend. I've heard it's gorgeous!
    But our Cumberland...
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    True, that flooding is in Tennessee, but having...

    True, that flooding is in Tennessee, but having seen that area in its normal state, those pictures are concerning!

    I called Cumberland Falls SP to get some firsthand information. One of their...
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    We intended to hike Siestita's suggested route...

    We intended to hike Siestita's suggested route beginning tomorrow. But, after viewing these pictures from elsewhere in the region, I think maybe we'll save this excursion for a safer time!
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    Thank you to Bumpy and TnViking (and others) for...

    Thank you to Bumpy and TnViking (and others) for your comments.

    I finally found a good paper map of the area - yes, it was my AT map, yes, I've had it all this time. But I just didn't realize...
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    Helpful info, dmax. Thank you!

    Helpful info, dmax.
    Thank you!
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    TNhiker and JNI64, I'm leaning pretty strongly...

    TNhiker and JNI64, I'm leaning pretty strongly towards NOT crossing the bridge, especially if it's tie-to-tie with open air between! Actually if that's the case, it's a most definite no-no-no-never!...
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