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    Look at specs for the various down bags you're...

    Look at specs for the various down bags you're considering. Over the years, I've seen down bag that were as "bad" as synthetic bags in terms of stuff size, and vis-versa.
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    If you're an REI member, it's time for their...

    If you're an REI member, it's time for their Labor Day sale where you can get 20% off a single full price item
  3. I loved using a bearikade on my JMT thru hike. ...

    I loved using a bearikade on my JMT thru hike. Yes, one was required for that trail, but I had a system down... the canister fit in the top of my pack such that I could get lunch out without...
  4. I've heard of others "just sleeping with their...

    I've heard of others "just sleeping with their food"... and in some places, that can work. In other places, it's a disaster waiting to happen.
    My take based on discussions about this over the...
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    I seem to recall hearing my nephew did a thru...

    I seem to recall hearing my nephew did a thru with a bivy. It was a light weight alternative to a tent back before things like tarp-tent became a thing.
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    By mid September, the closure of Cosby Knob might...

    By mid September, the closure of Cosby Knob might be lifted.
    While actual bear behavior determines when a closed campsite is reopened, the typical period for a campsite closure is about a month....
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    No, that's 150 yards down Russell Field Trail. ...

    No, that's 150 yards down Russell Field Trail. Your sketch has it labelled correctly.

    Eagle Creek Trail is the trail you take to get to Spence Field shelter. Where Russel Field is right on...
  8. The rule of thumb I've read for years is that you...

    The rule of thumb I've read for years is that you can expect kids to be able tp hike their age in miles per day, and from a personal experience, I find kids often handle hills better than adults....
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    The ones in GSMNP will vary... I know I've rock...

    The ones in GSMNP will vary... I know I've rock hopped all the ford's on Noland before, but I believe that was at low water. Every other time, at least one has required a ford. I've seen where...
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    In addition to the ford along enole creek, there...

    In addition to the ford along enole creek, there are a few fords along the upper sections of Noland Creek trail.
    There might be a ford along the short section of Deep Creek trail (don't recall if...
  11. Reminds me of the PBS Nature documentary where...

    Reminds me of the PBS Nature documentary where eagles learned to pickup turtles and fly above a set of rocks and drop them on the rocks to break open there shell
  12. At the moment, there is no "approved" and "not...

    At the moment, there is no "approved" and "not approved" by the ATC.
    The statement simply says they are promoting the use of IGBC approved canisters.

    As pointed out by others, things like the...
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    I prefer to hike in contacts as sweat fall on and...

    I prefer to hike in contacts as sweat fall on and smears up my glasses. I've done as much as a JMT thru hike with contacts.
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    I simply buy the large cans of drink mix and make...

    I simply buy the large cans of drink mix and make my own "single use" drink mix packets using snack bags and an impulse sealer. Allows me to make the size I want with little wasted space. You have...
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    Dinner: Minute Rice and chicken.

    Dinner: Minute Rice and chicken.
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    Keep in mind that federal regulations inside a...

    Keep in mind that federal regulations inside a national park can override state laws that might allow hitch hiking. From what I recall reading in the past, the "general" rules/laws that apply to all...
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    The Compendium of Rules and Regulations for Great...

    The Compendium of Rules and Regulations for Great Smoky Mountains National Park specifically allows hitch hiking to get to trailheads so long as it is done safely.
    What I don't know is if the city...
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    Let's try again...

    Let's try again
    https//www.amazon.com/Picture-Hangers-Hardware-Sawtooth-Mounting/dp/
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    Here is an example of a picture hanging kit that...

    Here is an example of a picture hanging kit that includes a tiny level like the one I found in a smaller kit.
    //https://www.amazon.com/Picture-Hangers-Hardware-Sawtooth-Mounting/dp/B07MSKMDN2
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    I actually found a tiny little level that comes...

    I actually found a tiny little level that comes in a frame hanging kit. I don't physically attach it to my hiking pole, but find that the combination of the hiking pole handles and baskets are close...
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    Yeah, the "per usual" is that you can "tent" near...

    Yeah, the "per usual" is that you can "tent" near shelters, NOT just anywhere you can hang a hammock.
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    Yeah, the "per usual" is that you can "tent" near...

    Yeah, the "per usual" is that you can "tent" near shelters, NOT just anywhere you can hang a hammock.
  23. Based on my social media experience, I would say...

    Based on my social media experience, I would say that it seems like sleeping with your food is OK if you are in an area where the bears have not become conditioned to humans and still have a greater...
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    Wrong Given that the OP is specifically talking...

    Wrong
    Given that the OP is specifically talking about tenting in GSMNP, park regulations allows camping ONLY at designated campsites, and rules that apply to tents apply to hammocks as well.
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    Based on my experience in GSMNP... Fall is a...

    Based on my experience in GSMNP...
    Fall is a dryer season. At the highest elevations, it can easily get down to around freezing.
    The national park website indicates the climate average hi/lo at...
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