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    Very interesting, I stayed at the Mt. Laconte shelter Monday night. I was called by a ranger today (8/28) and asked several questions about the missing hiker who was supposed to stay at the same shelter with me on Monday. Unfortunately I didn't see him. I ended up spending the night by myself (if you don't count the bear that wondered around the shelter for THREE hours!) I certainly hope Mr. Briggs is ok.
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    Agreed. . . best thoughts out to Mr. Briggs. . . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tripod View Post
    Very interesting, I stayed at the Mt. Laconte shelter Monday night. I was called by a ranger today (8/28) and asked several questions about the missing hiker who was supposed to stay at the same shelter with me on Monday. Unfortunately I didn't see him. I ended up spending the night by myself (if you don't count the bear that wondered around the shelter for THREE hours!) I certainly hope Mr. Briggs is ok.
    that should narrow the search area for them

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    Missing Pigeon Forge hiker found 'alive and well'

    http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2009/au...n-forge-hiker/

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    Quote Originally Posted by modiyooch View Post
    Missing Pigeon Forge hiker found 'alive and well'

    http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2009/au...n-forge-hiker/

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    This is great news . I suppose we will hear more details on why he was over due .
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    Good news.







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    Default Outstanding! Great News!

    Never met Mr. Briggs but would like to.
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    Great,glad he's ok..

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    I know Morgan. Met him at Icewater a couple weeks ago. We were planning a trip over to Kephart Shelter next week to look at a bridge crossing that was starting to wash out. Im sure he is doing ok. Probably just got turned around a bit while bush whacking up to the ridgeline. Im sure he will have some good stories to tell when I see him.

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    I am grateful that he was found, apparently safe and sound. Looking forward to more details tomorrow.
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    Maybe he just changed his mind with respect to where he wanted to hike. The permit system there is stupid. Backpacking is not about a strict schedule of where you are going to sleep every night.

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    Quote Originally Posted by High Altitude View Post
    Maybe he just changed his mind with respect to where he wanted to hike. The permit system there is stupid. Backpacking is not about a strict schedule of where you are going to sleep every night.
    I rather doubt that. He would know his family would start a search for him when he didn't return on schedule. I doubt he would do something like that on a whim.
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    Quote Originally Posted by High Altitude View Post
    Maybe he just changed his mind with respect to where he wanted to hike. The permit system there is stupid. Backpacking is not about a strict schedule of where you are going to sleep every night.
    no, but at this point it led to an earlier discovery. Although, I tend to backpack alone; it's not the best scenario from a safety viewpoint. I'm only speculating, but it sounds like he did run into some kind of trouble early into his hike and has just hunkered down until he was found.

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    from a winston salem article:

    Briggs was stuck on a ridge line in rugged terrain at about 5,100 feet and can't go up or down. He has set up camp, including a yellow tent.
    The helicopter dropped him food and water and a portable radio.
    Miller said that rescuers were running out of daylight yesterday and would try to reach him today.

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    More info in my local paper this morning:

    http://www2.journalnow.com/content/2...ld-backpacker/
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    actually, there is a reporter/hiker, Christopher Hibbard, that has hiked to a vantage point overlooking Porter Mt and is twittering the rescue operations.

    he had a very informative article last night. article and blogspot can be found here

    http://yoursmokies.blogspot.com/2009...ntains_29.html

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    in another jurisdiction he probably would be considered negligent and presented with a large bill for his rescue.

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