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  1. The Sierra Nevada Mountains (and other places...

    The Sierra Nevada Mountains (and other places where bear canisters are required) are not littered with missing canisters.

    They are a tested and proven technology. Are they perfect? No. But I...
  2. Yeah, I left out the "YMMV" disclaimer before...

    Yeah, I left out the "YMMV" disclaimer before hitting the post button.
  3. Technically correct. But I don't think a...

    Technically correct.

    But I don't think a GSMNP ranger is going to issue you a citation if your food storage method can immediately make them think "that food is protected"...
    ...which is what I...
  4. Given that that information is coming from the...

    Given that that information is coming from the manufacturer... you need to take it with a grain of salt. Because I have no doubt that GSMNP does indeed allow Ursack... so long as it's hanging from...
  5. Curious about your source indicating kevlar bear...

    Curious about your source indicating kevlar bear sacks are approved for use in GSMNP?

    The GSMNP Compendium of Rules and regulations only lists the cable system as an allowed food storage method in...
  6. I would agree... bear canisters seem to be...

    I would agree... bear canisters seem to be working well in places like Yosemite National Park that now requires them...
    Buy contrast, even though EVERY campsite in Great Smokey Mountains National...
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    When I did the JMT, I had to plan for 10 days of...

    When I did the JMT, I had to plan for 10 days of food in a bear canister (MTR to Whitney). I budgeted for 3,000 calories per day, so it takes some effort to get 30,000 calories of food into a bear...
  8. If the 'powers that be' were willing, I looks...

    If the 'powers that be' were willing, I looks like it would be possible to setup a system that would allow the use of the undamaged section of the bridge.

    Looking at the bridge in Google Earth,...
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    It's that time of year when everyone is trying to...

    It's that time of year when everyone is trying to clear out the 2019 model inventory.
    Full retail for the pair WAS $470.
    But I can easily find the set for $350 (+tax).

    I wonder if the specs...
  10. REI's International Shipping Blurb:...

    REI's International Shipping Blurb: https://help.rei.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/27...

    As best as I can tell, looks like you're good to go with ordering an REI tent, and given the tent's price,...
  11. Cheap, Light, Good Quality: Pick Two

    Cheap, Light, Good Quality: Pick Two
  12. So I tried to look for spec's for the NatureHike...

    So I tried to look for spec's for the NatureHike Star River 2 at https://www.naturehike.com/star-river-2-series-ultralight-two-men-tent/. Was rather disappointed that no dimensions are given, just...
  13. You can still reach Clingman's Dome, but with the...

    You can still reach Clingman's Dome, but with the road closed, it's a 7 mile hike (one way) from New Found Gap either hiking the road (I've even heard of people skiing the road) or the AT.
    You'll...
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    Similar to Ramen noodles, you could try Somen...

    Similar to Ramen noodles, you could try Somen noodles. You can find them at your local Asian Market or on Amazon. Basically think thin Ramen noodles shaped like spaghetti. Cooks just as fast as...
  15. Why the MSR XGK rather than consider the MSR...

    Why the MSR XGK rather than consider the MSR Whisperlite International?

    Based on the specifications, the only benefit I see is that it can burn diesel (and perhaps more).
    Otherwise it weights...
  16. Haven't looked at the latest offering for the...

    Haven't looked at the latest offering for the Wisperlite International, but when I purchased mine, it came with only two orifices. One was marked 'K' for kerosene, and the other was for everything...
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    I've been backpacking in GSMNP with my kids since...

    I've been backpacking in GSMNP with my kids since they were 6yo. The only time I've ever been nervous with them was several years ago along a 100 yard section of the trail between Abrams Falls and...
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    There's not going to be a single number answer. ...

    There's not going to be a single number answer. It will greatly depend upon a combination of temperatures, loads (think wind load or snow accumulation), and pole thickness. After all, a pole at 32...
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    So long at the 11yo has a sense of "self...

    So long at the 11yo has a sense of "self preservation", it's not that easy to fall either.

    In other words, Charlie's Bunion isn't any more dangerous than any other part of GSMNP with an exposed...
  20. Thread: Tent size

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    I don't think so (realize I say this based on my...

    I don't think so (realize I say this based on my camping experience in GSMNP and a thru hike of the JMT, never hiked the AT other than thru GSMNP).

    When you include staking out the vestibules of...
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    Here you go, if you want a solar panel that MIGHT...

    Here you go, if you want a solar panel that MIGHT work for you along the AT try this one:
    https://www.amazon.com/Anker-Charger-PowerPort-iPhone-Galaxy/dp/B012YUJJM8

    (Anker use to have a smaller...
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    When I hiked the JMT, a Solar Charger worked...

    When I hiked the JMT, a Solar Charger worked well. But that was because you often spend time above tree line, and even when you're not above tree line, the forest is MUCH thinner than what you get...
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    When I hiked on July 2016, there were either...

    When I hiked on July 2016, there were either mosquitos or biting flies or both the while length of the trail. As long as I kept moving, they generally were not an issue. I carried big cloths and...
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    If your main goal is to hike a section of the AT,...

    If your main goal is to hike a section of the AT, then from New Found Gap, follow the AT north bound to the popular view at Charlie's Bunion (4 miles one way). If 8 miles is a bit much, then instead...
  25. Thread: Lunches

    by HooKooDooKu
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    And make sure you love them... Hiking can sort...

    And make sure you love them...
    Hiking can sort of change your taste buds.
    I started my hike eating a Nature Valley nut bar and Nature Valley "Biscuits" for breakfast. While the nut bars were ok at...
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