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    "I did have to stow my hiking poles as it was too...

    "I did have to stow my hiking poles as it was too steep for there use and I had to use my hands to help brace myself. I may have had to use my hands to help pull/push myself up in a couple places. It...
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    It's steep - up if northbound, down if south. I...

    It's steep - up if northbound, down if south. I guess it's considered one of the steepest sections of the trail, but it's not long, about 1/3 of a mile. A couple hand over hand spots, as I recall,...
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    In summer 2021 we planned to do Watauga Lake to...

    In summer 2021 we planned to do Watauga Lake to Damascus, but the Double Springs Shelter-Backbone Rock Trail junction closure forced us to change our plans. We did Low Gap to the lake in one hike,...
  4. Thread: Station at 19-E

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    Station at 19-E

    Not sure why, but it's up for auction
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    Standing Indian Campground, you can camp there...

    Standing Indian Campground, you can camp there and there are various blue blazes to the AT from the campground, or you can get right on the AT at Rock Gap, just up the road from the campground.
  6. Thread: from atlanta

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    To clarify: for AFSP, the Marta option is the end...

    To clarify: for AFSP, the Marta option is the end of the red line (North Springs), and then shuttle or lyft/uber to AFSP
  7. Thread: from atlanta

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    "Easiest" is to rent a car and drive. ...

    "Easiest" is to rent a car and drive. Alternative is to find shuttle driver who picks up at airport and shuttle to AFSP (there are a few on the shuttle driver list for Ga.). Another alternative is...
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    I am in the process of making plans for Clingmans...

    I am in the process of making plans for Clingmans Dome-Fontana hike and spoke to someone about paid parking and shuttle instead of parking at the VC, and was told that TVA has installed cameras and...
  9. We did Wilbur Dam Road to Damascus in two section...

    We did Wilbur Dam Road to Damascus in two section hikes last summer, our plans to do it in 3 days were disrupted by camping closures between Double Spring and Backbone Rock last year, not sure if...
  10. A small point, or maybe more of a question: the...

    A small point, or maybe more of a question: the Legends Tracking thing that is linked to this post has total mileage at approx. 2125. 2022 WB mileage is 2194, or approx. 70 miles more than shown on...
  11. Thread: School Group Trip

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    Standing Indian Loop. Start at Standing Indian...

    Standing Indian Loop. Start at Standing Indian Campground, hike Kimsey Creek trail to meet the AT at Deep Gap, then hike AT northbound to Long Branch Trail or Rock Gap, either one gets you back to...
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    Seatbelt, curious on your take that NFG-Fontana...

    Seatbelt, curious on your take that NFG-Fontana is harder than NFG-Davenport. More miles? Or something more than that? Thanks
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    We did that section a couple of weeks ago. With...

    We did that section a couple of weeks ago. With Cosby Knob closed, it makes for two pretty long days of hiking (NFG-Tricorner, Tricorner-I-40). If you end at Davenport Gap, that saves you a couple...
  14. Pine Grove Furnace in 20 days, 8 hours

    Pine Grove Furnace in 20 days, 8 hours
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    Two Injured by Bear in GSMNP

    Elkmont Campground, not on the AT

    https://www.nps.gov/grsm/learn/news/park-responds-to-bear-incident-in-elkmont-campground.htm
  16. Thread: Hitching in GSMNP?

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    Hitching in GSMNP?

    Any prohibition on hitching in GSMNP? Thinking about trying thumb a ride from Newfound Gap to Clingman's Dome.
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    And now Cosby Knob closed due to bears. Got a...

    And now Cosby Knob closed due to bears. Got a text this morning from NPS and confirmed with call, reservation at Cosby Knob cancelled.
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    Tenting at Smokies Shelters

    Tenting still permitted at shelters in Smokies, due to COVID. Next question is, are there decent tent sites? Heard from another hiker that the areas around the shelters are not good for tenting -...
  19. My wife and I are planning to go the opposite...

    My wife and I are planning to go the opposite direction that week, maybe we can coordinate. I will PM you.
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    Any issues (CC theft or otherwise) parking at...

    Any issues (CC theft or otherwise) parking at Newfound Gap? Perhaps the threat of federal crime is a deterrent?
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    To clarify: as of April 8, 2022, the bridge is...

    To clarify: as of April 8, 2022, the bridge is NOT repaired, it is still out and signs for the high water bypass are posted.
  22. Thread: Bubble

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    Google AT Thru Hiker Map or AT Thru Hiker Bubble,...

    Google AT Thru Hiker Map or AT Thru Hiker Bubble, you'll get results

    Here's one link: https://www.wherearethehikers.com/heatmap/
  23. Thread: 321 to Damascus

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    There was a camping ban in place through part of...

    There was a camping ban in place through part of that section last year, between Double Spring Gap and Backbone Rock Trail. Camping ban was lifted in January. We rearranged our section from Wilbur...
  24. Thread: 25% Marker?

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    Turns out it's made of sticks, not rocks: ...

    Turns out it's made of sticks, not rocks:

    https://www.trailjournals.com/images/photos/journals/21330/tj21330_052417_140752_1108823.jpg
  25. Thread: 25% Marker?

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    Sorry, bad syntax. "Rocks" meaning trail marker...

    Sorry, bad syntax. "Rocks" meaning trail marker formed by rocks. Rocks formed into "500" to designate 500 mile point. Rocks formed into "25%" to designate 25% point. Leaving aside that the trail...
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