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    Here is a link to a USGS site that gives water...

    Here is a link to a USGS site that gives water temps for Oconoluftee River. Since that is downstream, I imagine Bradley Fork is somewhat cooler.
    https://waterdata.usgs.gov/usa/nwis/uv?03512000
  2. You will love Cataloochee and October is the best...

    You will love Cataloochee and October is the best time to be there. The elk will be in rut and they will be bugling all over those fields! Enjoy!
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    Everyone keeps talking about dry spells. We are...

    Everyone keeps talking about dry spells. We are having a pretty wet summer in this corner of the Smokies (I can see Rich Mountain from our house). You should be perfectly fine, but the suggestion...
  4. Almost all of the frontcountry campgrounds in the...

    Almost all of the frontcountry campgrounds in the Smokies (elkmont, Smokemont, Big Creek, Deep Creek, Cataloochee, Abrams Creek) are along or near a river or large stream. Late September and early...
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    The AT runs 72.371 miles in the Great Smoky...

    The AT runs 72.371 miles in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. The cumulative climb from Fontana to Davenport Gap is about 20,000 feet (about 278 feet per mile)
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    Agree that it is a safe place to park. TVA has...

    Agree that it is a safe place to park. TVA has announced that the Fontana Visitor Center will not open as scheduled this year due to COVID-19, so a phone call to the center would most likely not be...
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    We have bought from both Lands End and...

    We have bought from both Lands End and Wintersilks. I definitely prefer the Lands End silk long underwear. It seems more durable and higher quality than the ones we got from Wintersilks.
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    I had some minor issues when I first switched to...

    I had some minor issues when I first switched to zero drop Altras from the Keens I wore for years. I have tight muscles and tendons. I experienced pain in my Achilles’ tendon when I first began...
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    This is what I use both with my daypack and my...

    This is what I use both with my daypack and my overnight pack. It has two compartments, the larger one holds small things I need to access during the day and the other holds my phone. Easy access. ...
  10. [QUOTE=TNhiker;2225564]that's not correct...

    [QUOTE=TNhiker;2225564]that's not correct though...
    and how do we not know the paint in the signs is not reflective?

    The only signs in the Smokies that have paint are those trailhead signs that...
  11. Thread: Winter boots

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    I have a pair of those. Waterproof is not how I...

    I have a pair of those. Waterproof is not how I would describe them. I walked through a two inch deep stream the first time I wore them and had wet feet immediately. They are super comfortable,...
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    I put on the new ones and go just like I did on...

    I put on the new ones and go just like I did on the old ones, no break in needed.
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    The water source at Pecks is down a very steep...

    The water source at Pecks is down a very steep trail that can be really slick after a rain. There is a great water source at the old False Gap Shelter. It is a nice piped spring.43558
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    The shelter is 0.3 miles or so down Hughes Ridge...

    The shelter is 0.3 miles or so down Hughes Ridge Trail.
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    Not crazy steep, but there is a 300 foot...

    Not crazy steep, but there is a 300 foot elevation drop down to the shelter from the AT. Yes, it is rocky. Water source is always good there. We have had a lot of rain this summer.
  16. Thread: Bear Closures

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    They keep cameras at the closed sites and check...

    They keep cameras at the closed sites and check them periodically. If the bear shows up on camera (generally aimed at the bear cables or a decoy tent), they will not open the site. They generally...
  17. Thread: Fanny pack

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    I use this with both my daypack and when I...

    I use this with both my daypack and when I backpack and I love it. It hooks onto the pack straps and has a separate strap that makes it into a standalone fannypack for use while in camp. ...
  18. Thread: non-stink bra

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    I second the recommendation for Icebreaker. I...

    I second the recommendation for Icebreaker. I have bought several different styles and have been very pleased. Something is usually on sale, but they are even worth the full price if you have to go...
  19. Thread: Smokys by car

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    Most of the good roads are closed for the season,...

    Most of the good roads are closed for the season, so I am going to recommend that you drive through Cades Cove. This time of year it is nice, very little tourist traffic and the odds of getting...
  20. And, on overnight trips, all the small smellables...

    And, on overnight trips, all the small smellables go into a ziplock in my hip belt. That bag definitely goes inside the bear bag which goes into my pack when I hang it on the bear cable at night.
  21. If your chapstick is not flavored, then you are...

    If your chapstick is not flavored, then you are probably ok. Last year, my peppermint chapstick fell out of my pack on a day hike in the Smokies. I was on the same trail two weeks later and stopped...
  22. The blue ones that stay lit continuously are...

    The blue ones that stay lit continuously are called ghost fireflies. I saw them for the first time last year along the Little River Trail a week or so after the synchronous fireflies finished for...
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    We always hang our packs from the bear cables. ...

    We always hang our packs from the bear cables. Mice can still get into them, but I would say that your chances are less than if you hang it inside the shelter.
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    I wear either Icebreaker leggings or fleece lined...

    I wear either Icebreaker leggings or fleece lined leggings. All depends on the temperatures! When it is really windy, my Frogg Toggs go on to block the wind.
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    Those are called frost flowers. They form on the...

    Those are called frost flowers. They form on the stems of a wildflower called Crownsbeard when the water in the stem freezes and is extruded through splits in the stems. Crownsbeard is commonly...
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