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    You are correct -- I was wrong.

    You correctly point out the ambiguity, and the map you post does clearly show a stream. My Nat Geo map also shows a creek at campsite #27.
    For these reasons, I have corrected my posting.
    When I'm...
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    Water at Site 27

    According to
    https://thedyrt.com/camping/tennessee/27-lower-jakes-gap
    There is ambiguity about the presence of water.

    Topo maps show a creek nearby.
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    Changed (likely) only for this year

    It's a response to the Covid-19 pandemic, trying to prevent people from bunching together in an area that's nearly closed up. Hammocking is permitted. This change in policy will almost certainly end...
  4. As TN Viking noted

    https://standingbearfarmhostel.com/
    https://whiteblaze.net/forum/showthread.php/94770-Standing-Bear-Farm?p=2251339&highlight=#post2251339
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    First idea can be done

    Your first choice looks very do-able. I've gone down the Snake Den Ridge Trail from the A.T., and it's steeper than I'd prefer, but you're certainly not overdoing it on any of the three days.
    Just...
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    Anyone identify with these comics?

    https://www.comicskingdom.com/trending/blog/2020/11/17/tuesdays-top-ten-comics-on-hiking
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    The purpose of these postings

    Most of them are.
    If you get some degree of covering between a fire and a downpour -- a bush, a large trash bag, an emergency blanket,...
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    Know the rules

    First thing to know:
    https://www.nps.gov/shen/planyourvisit/backcountry-regulations.htm
    "Campsites must be at least ... 100 yards away from a hut, cabin, or day-use shelter"
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    More specifically

    As DeadEye noted. a few cotton balls rubbed in petroleum jelly, then stored in a small plastic bag -- all things you can buy at a dollar store -- will burn hot for a few minutes even in the wettest...
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    Don't repeat my mistake

    After years of referring to my Hiker Mini Filter as a 'Katahdin' brand, someone pointed out that the company name is Katadyn -- with the last syllable rhyming with 'line.'...
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    Here's your answer

    When I say Stephen Herrero has written the book on bear attacks, I mean that LITERALLY
    https://www.amazon.com/Bear-Attacks-Causes-Avoidance-revised/dp/158574557X

    Here's his opinion on bear spray...
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    The answer is simple

    Somebody who's been struggling with mental health issues for years prior to the hike.
    https://www.sltrib.com/news/2020/10/22/woman-speaks-out-physical/

    Some rather important people in history...
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    One more truthful observation

    https://www.weather.gov/safety/lightning-odds
    27 is not 100 times greater than 30.
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    Getting more information

    Spend a few more seconds doing research, and you'll find this article:
    https://www.foxnews.com/us/zion-hiker-holly-courtier-sister-discrepancies-rescue
    which states, "Courtierís family then took...
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    What to do

    Neither am I, and I had no trouble getting in to read it. Heck, I even have Ad-Blocker, that forces me to permit ads on a specific story. I'm not sure why you were unable to get in.

    However, if...
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    You are correct -- I was wrong.

    Which is why I'll change the wording.
    When I recognize I've made a mis-statement, I correct it ASAP.

    Just like someone saying that Ms Courtier went twelve days without water.
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    Suggestion

    Why not read the news article, and then reach a far better conclusion? If nothing else, you'll read that Ms Courtier did drink water while out there, and your statement about her surviving without...
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    Here's a news article

    More specific information:
    https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-10-24/holly-courtier-zion-missing-hiker
    The article clearly states: "Some family members said she drank the river water,...
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    Be bear aware, everywhere

    Bears might appear on (pretty much) any mile of the AT, and there's no way to know ahead of time whether or not they will be a problem. 500 people might hike a section and not even see a bear, but...
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    An advantage of hiking to VT Highway 9

    If you hike to Vermont Highway 9, you can actually ride a bus from the AT Parking Lot into Bennington,
    https://www.greenmtncn.org/emerald-line.html
    and from there to several other places,...
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    Here's a start

    When I did an internet search for
    great smokies camp site #49
    I found a site
    https://hikinginthesmokies.wordpress.com/tag/campsite-49/
    with this photo of the camping area:...
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    Yikes!

    Here's a 1994 book mentioning this:
    https://tinyurl.com/NelanShelter

    And this discussion in 2004, from the Whiteblaze archives:
    https://www.whiteblaze.net/forum/archive/index.php/t-3550.html
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    The place to start

    https://www.nps.gov/seki/planyourvisit/backpacking.htm

    Check this URL, and try to match your hiking ability with the difficulty of a trail.
    https://www.nps.gov/seki/planyourvisit/traildesc.htm
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    Here's the horse's mouth

    This link should help:
    https://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/highpoint.html#app
    "Overnight parking is located at the Appalachian Trail Parking Lot on Route 23 just South of the Park...
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    My post from three years ago

    https://whiteblaze.net/forum/showthread.php/28677-Mountain-Harbour-Bed-and-Breakfast-near-19E?p=2165103&highlight=#post2165103
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