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    Default thru the smokies in 4 days

    Is this realistic? Can it be done in 3 to 3.5? I thought I read on this site that people do it in a day but it doesnt sound realistic to do 72 miles in a day, especially if the terrain is as intense as I've heard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jpwvu View Post
    Is this realistic? Can it be done in 3 to 3.5? I thought I read on this site that people do it in a day but it doesnt sound realistic to do 72 miles in a day, especially if the terrain is as intense as I've heard.
    sure you can do it in 3 days. the northern part from newfound gap to davenport gap is a breeze. the terrain in the smokys is not "intense"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lone Wolf View Post
    sure you can do it in 3 days. the northern part from newfound gap to davenport gap is a breeze. the terrain in the smokys is not "intense"

    great! thanks LOne Wolf!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jpwvu View Post
    Is this realistic? Can it be done in 3 to 3.5?
    I depends on who you are.

    For Horton it would be 2 NERO days.
    For a thru 4-5 days is typical.
    For me (weekend warrior from flatland Illinois) it was 5.5 relatively hard days.

    It is a question that just can't be answered without knowing one's abilities.
    Fear ridges that are depicted as flat lines on a profile map.

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    We (the group I hiked with)did it in five but if I had to do it again we could do it in four without any problems.

    I would suppose that people do it in three all the time but most take four to five days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jpwvu View Post
    Is this realistic? Can it be done in 3 to 3.5? I thought I read on this site that people do it in a day but it doesnt sound realistic to do 72 miles in a day, especially if the terrain is as intense as I've heard.
    Depends on what kind of hiking shape you are in. The terrain isn't bad once you've climbed the ridgeline, so if you're already doing 20 mile days, 3.5 for the Smokies is doable.

    If, like me, you're not in Trail shape, it would likely take longer.
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    If I'm not mistaken, Squeaky did it southbound in 22 hours.

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    I managed it in 4 days of actual hiking time.
    The trail was here before we arrived, and it will still be here when we are gone...enjoy it now, and preserve it for others that come after us

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    Quote Originally Posted by jpwvu View Post
    Is this realistic? Can it be done in 3 to 3.5? I thought I read on this site that people do it in a day but it doesnt sound realistic to do 72 miles in a day, especially if the terrain is as intense as I've heard.
    What's the rush? The Smokies is one of the most beautiful parts of the trail. And for the South, nothing can touch it!

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    I did it in four, but I had a mega days.

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