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  1. Hey Herby, I would advise against leaving your...

    Hey Herby, I would advise against leaving your trip dates on a public forum when naming the location where your unattended car will be. But maybe I'm too paranoid.
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    Thanks for letting us know Ewker. Rain Man will...

    Thanks for letting us know Ewker. Rain Man will be missed. He was not afraid to be his own person and had the courage of his convictions; I always admired that about him.
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    yeah man, let's do it! I think you have copper...

    yeah man, let's do it! I think you have copper mine to show me too right? :)
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    OK just got it straight, my wife's great, great...

    OK just got it straight, my wife's great, great grandfather was Fonzie Hall, brother of Crate Hall who built the cabin.
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    Ya Cable Branch, my mother-in-law grew up there...

    Ya Cable Branch, my mother-in-law grew up there (her maiden name is Hall /related to the Hall family whose name is associated with the cabin at end of Bone Valley) . Her family was one that had to...
  6. Yeah I was thinking of efficiency as least...

    Yeah I was thinking of efficiency as least repeated mileage. The postman algorithm is fascinating, thanks for sharing those links Matthew. I've done IT work for distribution companies for many years...
  7. How do they determine the most efficient route? I...

    How do they determine the most efficient route? I thought I saw that a University of Tennessee grad student had written a piece of code to calculate that but can't find the reference now. When I...
  8. I know this was posted in an AT general forum and...

    I know this was posted in an AT general forum and so that could imply a strict context to the question. However, I think it's more about terrain than miles. Many expedition guides seem to subscribe...
  9. Great report! Wow, the brothers Gonzan and Bryan...

    Great report! Wow, the brothers Gonzan and Bryan Delay, very cool!
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    Dan, I'll offer this as more content for your...

    Dan,

    I'll offer this as more content for your "pros" column on the Garmin device (assuming the quality is the the same since Garmin purchased Delorme): I've owned a Delorme In Reach SE for...
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    Hey Tipi ,you did post a report, must of have...

    Hey Tipi ,you did post a report, must of have missed it. It was great to reunite for two trips (well two for me anyway). I meant to tell you that on the Friday that you came out of the forest I ran...
  12. Topo Athletic - toe box not as wide as advertised

    I just received a pair of the Terra Adventure 2 trail shoe and I'm very surprised at the fit. All the advertising focus on the roomy toe box seems to be untrue. These don't seem any different than...
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    Illabelle, well IMO a folder, bow saw, or...

    Illabelle, well IMO a folder, bow saw, or chainsaw should be carried just for Big Fat road but I would say clippers will be fine for the route you've planned.

    Oh and apologies to Bamadog for...
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    Tipi, I did a surprisingly good off-trail route...

    Tipi, I did a surprisingly good off-trail route Sunday from the spring on Pine Mtn down to the North Fork. Only a bit of bushwhacking and one cascade too dangerous to traverse (had to find a way...
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    Well so the BMT is in good shape everywhere I've...

    Well so the BMT is in good shape everywhere I've seen lately with only a few exceptions: the section from the Unicoi overlook on the Skyway both towards Mud Gap and Beech Gap are bad, and you...
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    Hey illabelle, I was also parked just past Beech...

    Hey illabelle, I was also parked just past Beech Gap last weekend at the overlook parking lot. Sorry I missed you guys. I started Friday evening and did an odd route that only had me on the BMT from...
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    I parked at Beech Gap two weekends ago; there are...

    I parked at Beech Gap two weekends ago; there are signs announcing Skyway closure starting from the turn off of 68 at the Hardees all the way up to Beech Gap. Four mile ridge is a good place to stay...
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    no just the same info that has been on the...

    no just the same info that has been on the website for days:

    Park Extends Closure to Support Regional COVID-19 Prevention EffortsGreat Smoky Mountains National Park officials announced that all...
  19. True enough that some of those wind-swept ridges...

    True enough that some of those wind-swept ridges are tough to tent on when the weather is bad. I'm a local and long time Smokies hiker; I'm really over the shelters and would love to see them go...
  20. Yeah I was thinking about that. It works...

    Yeah I was thinking about that. It works perfectly well. Not all of the exiting shelter spots would be conducive to a tent pad campus, but 113 was constructed after all. I would absolutely be...
  21. Amen, tear 'em down and build tent pad campuses....

    Amen, tear 'em down and build tent pad campuses. It's time for this to change.
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    IMO , hikers are nearly always wise to avoid the...

    IMO , hikers are nearly always wise to avoid the shelters when possible. Last December I contracted noro-virus during a week long section. I didn't sleep in the shelters, but used the benches and...
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    Wow , looking back that Big Frog trip was 2015....

    Wow , looking back that Big Frog trip was 2015. Time is flying by. That was my second watermelon carry and just to crack you up:
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    Another terrible wind storm was in that gap (I...

    Another terrible wind storm was in that gap (I forget the name..probably deep, or cold, or low, or beech) in the Big Frog when I was testing that Hille tarp:
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    Yes I still remember that night (hard to believe...

    Yes I still remember that night (hard to believe it was 2012!!); it is in my all-time top 5 worst wind moments. I remember packing up all that I could in case that tent shredded, and during the worst...
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