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  1. Thread: Best Dog Breeds

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    I have had 2 Treeing Walker Hounds that were...

    I have had 2 Treeing Walker Hounds that were great in the backcountry. With the proper training they make good companions. No off trail, no hunting etc.. They carry a pack well when properly fitted...
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    Not a good idea for a couple of reasons. 1st, you...

    Not a good idea for a couple of reasons. 1st, you need to train your dogs for hiking first, then backpacking. There are several good books on this subject. I have trained dogs all my life. AKC show...
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    If we are lucky and arrive at an empty shelter,...

    If we are lucky and arrive at an empty shelter, my wife will clean up first while I stand as a lookout for other hikers who wander in. I let my wife know in advance that other hikers are approaching...
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    I agree with the advice that Mercy gave you....

    I agree with the advice that Mercy gave you. Basically any 2 person tent or tent-tarp is fine. I have hike with my wife and 2 dogs and a 2 person tent has worked out okay. Put a bed of leaves under...
  5. The first time that I hiked the GA section we...

    The first time that I hiked the GA section we pitched a tent in a clear spot just off the trail in the Blue Ridge Swag. No problems. If you do something like this make sure you already have water...
  6. Thread: Tarps and rain

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    I gather and put leaves under my ground sheet....

    I gather and put leaves under my ground sheet. This adds a buffer from the cold ground and any water that might flow under the ground sheet.:)
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    You might check with the GSMNP backcountry office...

    You might check with the GSMNP backcountry office before you go.
    865 436-1297 or 865 436-1231. :)
  8. Thread: Frogg Toggs

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    If you buy the light weight version of Frog Toggs...

    If you buy the light weight version of Frog Toggs (Tyvek style material ) you may have problems. I have a pair of the "Elite" Frog Toggs made of 100 percent polyester, shell and the lining. No snag...
  9. Thread: Coffee Talk

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    You will find a good cup of coffee in Asheville...

    You will find a good cup of coffee in Asheville at a number of local spots. Also some great local beer can be enjoyed as well. :)
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    I am sorry that you had this happen. I...

    I am sorry that you had this happen. I understand. You don't have to put up with this. Move on if you have to get away from the dog. Spray the dog, spray the owner if they come after you. I work for...
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    ;) as a dog owner, I implore all who hike with...

    ;) as a dog owner, I implore all who hike with dogs to obey the leash laws in (or out of) parks or forest lands to use common sense and have respect for all fellow hikers on the trail. Any hiker who...
  12. Thread: Meteor shower

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    Oops ! I gotta wake up ! Thanks for the website....

    Oops ! I gotta wake up ! Thanks for the website. :)
  13. Thread: Meteor shower

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    Some info please. I assume this can be viewed...

    Some info please. I assume this can be viewed anywhere in the eastern U.S. ? :)
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    Hot Springs Parking

    The parking lot is near to the Forest Service Maintenance Shop. The trail leads from this parking lot to downtown Hot Springs. Your auto should be safe here. My wife & I maintain this section of...
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    He's a good dog

    Most dogs are good. Inform the owner of the leash law. If they don't put the dog on a leash and later you get lucky to meet a ranger along the way, let the ranger know. There are alot of responsible...
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    I guess it was your lucky week to see so many...

    I guess it was your lucky week to see so many dogs in the Smokies. I hike and backpack in GSMNP all the time, I live just 45 minutes away. The hunting dogs I saw in the backcountry a few years ago...
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    Jack is right ! No dogs allowed in the...

    Jack is right ! No dogs allowed in the backcountry of GSMNP. You said that you just came back from a 4 day hike recently. Were these dogs
    running free and what type or breed do you think ? A few...
  18. Thread: Survival Camping

    by Chip
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    Sorry for the typo. Bushwhacking would be off...

    Sorry for the typo.
    Bushwhacking would be off the trail and not on the AT.:)
  19. Thread: Survival Camping

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    FYI When hiking thru the Great Smokies you will...

    FYI
    When hiking thru the Great Smokies you will have to camp at designated shelters or campsites. Hikers who hike off any trail in the Smokies must obtain a special cross-country permit, available...
  20. Thread: Bears ?

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    The shelters in the Smokies have been renovated....

    The shelters in the Smokies have been renovated. No more fence in front of the shelters. Bear cables are now in place for use to hang food and or packs. :)
  21. Thread: Bears ?

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    You might see a bear or 2. In May of 2004 my wife...

    You might see a bear or 2. In May of 2004 my wife and I saw a small bear on the trail just north of Low Gap Shelter (GA) on our section hike. Once the bear saw us it turned & went off trail in...
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    Glad to read that you are going to try a 3 or 4...

    Glad to read that you are going to try a 3 or 4 day hike before the Smokies. You are new to hiking ?? If you want to hike the AT thru the Smokies TAKE YOUR TIME !! There are some great sites /...
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    During a section hike in GA 2000 we met up with...

    During a section hike in GA 2000 we met up with two other hikers headed north that had to put up with a hungry bear at Low Gap shelter the night before. They arrived late that night around 11 pm...
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    Cataloochee area has a few good campsites, Big...

    Cataloochee area has a few good campsites, Big Creek area and hiking from Cosby campground is great too.

    One of my favorite hikes is a loop out of Cosby. Hike up the Snake Den Ridge trail to...
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    I would keep the filter. I own a Pur Hiker...

    I would keep the filter. I own a Pur Hiker filter, never had a problem in the 12 years of use on the AT, Smokies, Pisgah NF just to name a few of the many backpacks I have done. Just change out the...
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