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    Thumbs up 2014 hiker sightings

    Believe it or not there were actually some hikers that started in Jan and have survived. It took them about a month to get to NE TN. Considering the weather they have done pretty well.

    Last Thu during trail work near Watauga Lake Shelter:

    Samwise . . . was the first hiker to try our rock steps over the stream . . . . and didn't even get wet . . .

    Later that same day at Kincora and after an 'exciting' trip to Laurel Fork Falls:

    Banana Jones


    They encountered alot of snow over the Roans but have had nice weather since then. Nothing like post-holing . . . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by mountain squid View Post
    Believe it or not there were actually some hikers that started in Jan and have survived. It took them about a month to get to NE TN. Considering the weather they have done pretty well.

    Last Thu during trail work near Watauga Lake Shelter:

    Samwise . . . was the first hiker to try our rock steps over the stream . . . . and didn't even get wet . . .

    Later that same day at Kincora and after an 'exciting' trip to Laurel Fork Falls:

    Banana Jones


    They encountered alot of snow over the Roans but have had nice weather since then. Nothing like post-holing . . . .

    See you on the trail,
    mt squid

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    they are both in Damascus right now

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lone Wolf View Post
    they are both in Damascus right now
    and they are the first 2 thru-hikers

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    Whew! Damascus in February . . . impressive! Fete them for a while Lone Wolf! They deserve it and could probably use a vacation! They could get up to the White Mtns before the snow melts.
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    wow takes a special type of cat to get to damascus so early . they gonna be in the whites before Memorial Day. truly impressive . so much suffering.


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    On Tue, after some trail work S of Indian Grave Gap, went to Kincora and was surprised to see the following hikers:

    Crush
    Bear Bait
    Gecko

    Not too surprised though . . . . Feb starters should be getting to NE TN anytime now . . . .

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    Took a hike out to Moreland Gap Shelter yesterday. Saw the following hiker:

    Chainsaw

    We could've used a chainsaw to get through some blowdowns . . . . how ironic . . .

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    Hudson and Dakota Joe are close to Partnership shelter this weekend.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff View Post
    Hudson and Dakota Joe are close to Partnership shelter this weekend.
    They are in Marion, Va and are fortunate to be in dry beds. Forecast or today is rain and ice

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    If any of them post a trail journal that would be some great reading and very educational.

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    Default dakota joe in Marion

    yes, i just saw a thru hiker! Wait, that was me in the mirror. Im in Marion, Va right now. I keep searching for more negative comments about me cause Hudson and I laughed at all the old ones and they got stale. Trucked through some bad winter weather to get this far and not stopping! i hear there is a guy named sparks in the area too! Woot! Woot! I love this trail!
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    my blog is at www.facebook.com/theadventuresofdakotajoe and has thousands of pics of the trail this year
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dakota Joe View Post
    my blog is at www.facebook.com/theadventuresofdakotajoe and has thousands of pics of the trail this year
    Good luck, Joe. maybe I will see you when you get up in my area.

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    Spent the night with Dakota Joe at the Chestnut Knob Shelter on 3/19. Last I heard, he was dreaming about someone stealing his donuts...

    Hey Joe, my buddy Smoking Sox and I pulled off the 22 miles to Route 52 that night and slept in the Big Walker Motel. Sounds like you were only a few miles back. Drop a note when you hit Boiling Springs and I'll buy you a beer or two at the Doyle.
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    Out for a dayhike on Sat from Iron Mountain Gap to Cherry Gap Shelter in TN. Saw the following hikers:

    Wall-E
    Pillow
    Milk Monster
    Craig
    Iron Man

    It was windy but not too cold . . . . good hike. Next couple of nights are gonna be cold and probably snowy tomorrow . . . .

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    Stayed at Woods Hole this past weekend and saw, Hudson, Matt, German Phil and Sunny. They headed out of Pearisburg Sunday Morning.
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    I was at Mountain Crossings on Friday 3/21. The register for thru-hikers (attempting anyway) was up to number 334.

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    Gave Napoleon and Key Lime a ride to the other side of Gatlinburg yesterday.


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    The good german and sunny are in the house! Heading back out tomorrow!

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