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    Default Winding Stair Gap to NOC

    Not sure if this is the place to post but am planning a three day from Winding Stair Gap to the NOC in a couple of weeks. Any advice or observations about that section?

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    Have fun. Good section.

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    Before fires it was one of the best. Not sure since.
    I took several AT virgins on it . Balds, lookout towers, the jump, end at restaurant, what more could you want in section?

    Plan to end at NOC in morning, and eat breakfast and drink coffee by river is quite nice on cool morning. Last shelter is .9 mile before it, 20 min stroll. . Bacon....mmm.
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    Nice views from Siler Bald (0.5 mile side trail), and the fire towers at Wayah and Wesser Balds. The roof got burned off the Wayah Bald tower although I understand from talking to a ranger a month ago that it is going to be replaced. The Wesser Bald fire tower has amazing views in all directions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChuckP View Post
    Nice views from Siler Bald (0.5 mile side trail), and the fire towers at Wayah and Wesser Balds. The roof got burned off the Wayah Bald tower although I understand from talking to a ranger a month ago that it is going to be replaced. The Wesser Bald fire tower has amazing views in all directions.
    I watched the sun rise from that tower; concur.
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    Just did that section last weekend. Don't worry about the burn. The undergrowth is in full-on restoration mode. Maybe I'll have my video of that section edited before you go. I found it tough. I probably wasn't in my best pack-shape. It's been a wet Summer down here and I haven't hiked quite as much. Lots of climbs but as others noted some outstanding views. Hit me up if you want details while they're fresh on my mind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uncle Joe View Post
    Just did that section last weekend. Don't worry about the burn. The undergrowth is in full-on restoration mode. Maybe I'll have my video of that section edited before you go. I found it tough. I probably wasn't in my best pack-shape. It's been a wet Summer down here and I haven't hiked quite as much. Lots of climbs but as others noted some outstanding views. Hit me up if you want details while they're fresh on my mind.
    For me, the downhill was worse. Lots of long fairly steep slopes down. I remember my toes jamming in my shoes a lot.

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