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    Yeah man, Enloe camp is beautiful but kind of...

    Yeah man, Enloe camp is beautiful but kind of grosses me out. I mean, you have to really put some effort in to finding a good place to dig a cathole and I worry that many don't do the work.
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    Hi Bianchi, Regarding water, all of the...

    Hi Bianchi,

    Regarding water, all of the mentioned campsites are near creeks (#17 is beside the very large Abrams creek though I usually get my water from a spring just north of the campsite on the...
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    I have no evidence to base this on but...

    I have no evidence to base this on but "political" sounds right to me. Scott Mountain trail skirts right by several residences. Other trails do too (thinking of Round Top and Cataloochee Divide), but...
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    HooKoo, I've learned that Scott Mountain trail...

    HooKoo,

    I've learned that Scott Mountain trail has some big blow-downs and all appear to have been cleared with small blades and are completely passable. There are parts that have closed in with...
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    lol, now I have to caution you on mentioning that...

    lol, now I have to caution you on mentioning that you carry oxy tabs in your kit. don't let that slip while in TN. :0
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    hmm, well, hiking off-tail isn't illegal so I'm...

    hmm, well, hiking off-tail isn't illegal so I'm not sure how that applies to old trails. Pinnacle creek has no closed signs but both ends used to have a wooden sign reading"un-maintained trail"; as...
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    Whoops, yeah you are right, I wasn't looking at...

    Whoops, yeah you are right, I wasn't looking at the map when I posted that. Pinnacle is way too far down to be a viable bail-out. And yes that old bridge support is the spot.

    TNHiker,

    There is...
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    Well there is one bailout but it does requires...

    Well there is one bailout but it does requires another crossing: you can follow the old un-maintained Pinnacle Creek trail about 4 miles or so to Pickens Gap on the Jenkins Ridge Trail. It's really...
  9. Thread: FYI, Fire Ban

    by PatmanTN
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    I'm a Smokies local and addiction to campfires is...

    I'm a Smokies local and addiction to campfires is no joke around here. During that 2016 ban I saw numerous folks ignoring the ban and making huge fires. Admittedly, the last one I saw was before the...
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    great report Tipi, sorry to have missed you so...

    great report Tipi, sorry to have missed you so far this summer,

    I was last in that area weekend of August 16th. It was hot as hell in the day, overgrown, and devoid of people (which was nice). I...
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    I would say Hazel Creek isn’t that bad. Sounds...

    I would say Hazel Creek isn’t that bad. Sounds like you’re fine with the cold weather fords and your primary concern is losing the trail; as mentioned, the lower section of Hazel is a wide gravel...
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    Wow that's genuinely surprising HooKoo, given how...

    Wow that's genuinely surprising HooKoo, given how much you're in the park, I see bear prints all the time. Like hundreds of times. I just saw one large enough to make me wince weekend before last...
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    I've never seen a mountain lion but I have seen a...

    I've never seen a mountain lion but I have seen a bobcat. 4-2-2011 9:30 AM EST at junction of Balsam Mountain and Sterling ridge (picture is time stamped lol), Could not get camera out fast enough to...
  14. Heck yeah, add-in quantum mechanics and you can...

    Heck yeah, add-in quantum mechanics and you can choose A, B, or A+B, it's just too much. and if that darn Higgs field hadn't frozen we wouldn't even be here. I wonder if a Higgs particle is...
  15. The sunsets are quite nice though: ...

    The sunsets are quite nice though:

    https://photos.smugmug.com/2017/June-2-4-GSMNP-East-loop/i-WbDSxPL/0/038b8be5/L/DSCN1854-L.jpg
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  16. Sure enough, the strong smell of urine all around...

    Sure enough, the strong smell of urine all around the Cammerrer tower is an indicator of how often folks camp in the tower. I don't get the allure personally. It's a nice view but from that vantage...
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    FWIW, there are also property management groups...

    FWIW, there are also property management groups that will handle as much of the rental process as you are willing to pay them to. I have a co-worker that used such a company and I think he said the...
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    I know I'm an outlier on this but think it's...

    I know I'm an outlier on this but think it's worth mentioning that you can still get a fair amount of bag nights while working full time in the right situation. I work full time but average about...
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    I completely agree Durwood. I try to avoid...

    I completely agree Durwood. I try to avoid touching public surfaces in general and especially when hiking a super-highway trail like the AT. Some years ago I contracted what was later diagnosed as...
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    Great seeing you Tipi, and great report! So, our...

    Great seeing you Tipi, and great report! So, our friend Dan and I had a good conversation as he shuttled me back to Bald River. He had mentioned that he was a backpacker and so friendly to our sort....
  21. Thread: Cabin Fever

    by PatmanTN
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    I've found the best remedy for Cabin Fever is to...

    I've found the best remedy for Cabin Fever is to go backpacking. :)

    This view is from the AT on January 5th:...
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    You are not crazy at all for hiking to the Bunion...

    You are not crazy at all for hiking to the Bunion in February. Traction devices are a must if it's freezing; lots of ice on that walk. But loving Pigeon Forge, well, consider mental evaluations for...
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    Quick, did you finish at the Boy Scout camp? If...

    Quick, did you finish at the Boy Scout camp? If so, I'm curious if you were able to follow all those switchbacks down the mountain. I'm guessing they were hard to see...
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    I did an overnight in the GSMNP last weekend...

    I did an overnight in the GSMNP last weekend Saturday to Sunday. Went up the Sugarland Mountain trail from Fighting Creek Gap to MT Collins Shelter and during the evening the snow drifted up...
  25. Wow I wish there were more details. He was...

    Wow I wish there were more details. He was spending $10,000 a year on what kind of food exactly? Dog food?
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