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    Try to camp near Blood Mountain. The sunrise...

    Try to camp near Blood Mountain. The sunrise there is one of the best in Georgia. If you donít want to camp on top, then camp at Slaughter Creek on the south side, get up early and hike to the top...
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    Not sure if I replied yet, but we did same...

    Not sure if I replied yet, but we did same section in July. I hate shelters but like the company and it was great staying around but not in them. We had no problem hanging our hammocks at either...
  3. Wow. Overlooked the year of that post....

    Wow. Overlooked the year of that post. Interested to hear what went down.

    BTW, our shuttle from Standing Bear to Newfound was $160, shared with another hiker shuttling to Clingmans.


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  4. Consider your physical condition. GSMNP will...

    Consider your physical condition. GSMNP will afford more vistas but is more physically demanding. The AT is 99% long green tunnel, with 1% distant vistas. The walk from Davenport to Hotsprings...
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    Water situation Lake watauga to Damascus

    Just finished section from Roan Mtn/91E to Damascus. Water was readily available from 91E to Watauga. But Watauga to Damascus was virtually dry. Even Vandeventer Shelter stream was almost dry. Had to...
  6. Can anyone comment on water situation in this...

    Can anyone comment on water situation in this stretch? We will be going NOBO week of sept 16


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  7. Many thanks. Iím doing that section in September....

    Many thanks. Iím doing that section in September. Actually doin 19E to Damascus. Curious about water


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  8. I should have elaborated on my statement about...

    I should have elaborated on my statement about not challenging a bear and I do so with an example. Several years ago I was hiking alone on the AT near Chattahoochee Gap in Georgia. I came to the top...
  9. Good article, looking at what the studies really...

    Good article, looking at what the studies really show and what they do not show. So often, we rely on simplistic conclusions and forget common sense. The last paragraph of the article is so...
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    Stayed at Greasy Creek on my section hike last...

    Stayed at Greasy Creek on my section hike last October (2018). It was a lifesaver. Walked in there SOBO, having left Round Bald that morning. I was exhausted after a rough night at Round Bald. The...
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    Agree with all above. P Canyon is not real deep...

    Agree with all above. P Canyon is not real deep because it is only about 150 years old. Still, very pretty. I would not consider it strenuous. We took my son and daughter there for a day hike when...
  12. I live about 60 miles NE of Tallahassee and have...

    I live about 60 miles NE of Tallahassee and have been watching huge long leaf pines bending in 40 mph gusts all afternoon. I had planned to leave this morning to drive to Erwin to hike nobo to 19E....
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    Water flow near Roan Mountain area

    Any recent info is appreciated regarding streams and springs between Erwin and 19E, especially around Roan Mountain


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    I camped there hiking AT between Hightower Gap...

    I camped there hiking AT between Hightower Gap and Neel's Gap. It is on the south side of Blood Mountain on the AT. The next morning I summited Blood Mountain in less than an hour. Water was close...
  15. Many thanks. From what everyone is saying, sounds...

    Many thanks. From what everyone is saying, sounds like the most reliable sources are around the shelters and those aren't flowing generously


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  16. Many thanks. This is a huge help. Sent from...

    Many thanks. This is a huge help.


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  17. Water situation between Hot Springs and Erwin

    Can someone give me a water report in the above section. I've heard many small streams and springs. Can you tell me which spots are the most reliable water sources. Many thanks.


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  18. I like your idea about starting at Springer. If...

    I like your idea about starting at Springer. If you have that much time you could make it to Fontana Dam. The walk across the Nantahalas, from Winding Stair Gap to Fontana is beautiful, and you have...
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    Dude, incredible feet but don't hurt yourself. I...

    Dude, incredible feet but don't hurt yourself. I did same stretch in
    3 1/2 days in the rain last October and it took 3 weeks for my feet to heal. I understand undertaking the challenge. It's why...
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    Good two day hike is Winding Stair Gap to NOC....

    Good two day hike is Winding Stair Gap to NOC. Add another day and go to Fontana Dam. Or, do half the Smokies, beginning at Newfound Gap and going either direction. Either way is doable in two days,...
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    Franklin NC. 10 miles east of Winding Stair Gap....

    Franklin NC. 10 miles east of Winding Stair Gap. Great town for hikers. But Winding stair is only two days before NOC and you probably will not do a zero day that close to finish.


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    Agree with most of above. There are more spots to...

    Agree with most of above. There are more spots to hang. Hanging is more comfortable. Don't hang without an under quilt unless you can rely on nighttime temps in upper 60s. Coldest night I ever spent...
  23. Bought my Jansport D-3 used in 1977. Last summer...

    Bought my Jansport D-3 used in 1977. Last summer I drew several comments from hikers younger than the pack. Every year I worry that a strap will break in the middle of a hike, so I bought a new pack...
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    Traveler, well said! Sent from my iPad using...

    Traveler, well said!


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    Poll: In October, Spent 5 days and nights in the rain...

    In October, Spent 5 days and nights in the rain from Fontana dam to Davenport, soaking wet. Can't wait to get back for a 3 day hike to Hotsprings this winter or spring.


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