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  1. Wow, 20 years! Congrats WB!

    Wow, 20 years! Congrats WB!
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    So many lessons we learn only after suffering...

    So many lessons we learn only after suffering from our mistakes! Why can't we learn from one another's mistakes? Seems like we always have to repeat them ourselves before we believe.
    Glad you...
  3. Good to know. Thank you!

    Good to know. Thank you!
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    We finished the trail over ten years, mostly in...

    We finished the trail over ten years, mostly in short sections. 2-4 day weekends in the South, 7-12 day trips to the North. Around 220 miles per year. If you're already 66, I'd suggest doing more...
  5. Thread: Seasons?

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    We have an upcoming hike in the Linville Gorge...

    We have an upcoming hike in the Linville Gorge (NC). Reports say that a bridge is washed away, and you have to be prepared to wade or even SWIM across. If I'm going to swim, I'll take late summer....
  6. It's been a while, and I've forgotten a lot. So...

    It's been a while, and I've forgotten a lot. So forgive me if I've got my locations wrong.

    If my memory is accurate, the campsite referred to in this thread is near a rail line. We used it. ...
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    Sorry to see you letting go of your dream...

    Sorry to see you letting go of your dream Teacher. It's weird how the AT can find a place in your heart and soul, but it does! Even if you aren't able to backpack as you intended, I hope you are...
  8. We used AWOL 2010-2020. I also liked the ability...

    We used AWOL 2010-2020. I also liked the ability to write on the paper. I photocopied the pages for whatever section we were doing, and marked it up to show intended mileage, camping, and other...
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    If my husband didn't already have two jackets...

    If my husband didn't already have two jackets very similar to this, I'd take you up on it.
    Looks like good quality.
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    We did a little loop spring of 2021 that included...

    We did a little loop spring of 2021 that included those fords on Noland Creek Trail. If I recall correctly, it was early May and unseasonably cold, quite brisk actually, with sleet/snow flurries...
  11. Congratulations to Kristian Morgan! What a...

    Congratulations to Kristian Morgan! What a spectacular finish!
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    We did that piece SOBO in order to have more...

    We did that piece SOBO in order to have more certainty about the short range weather forecast. No regrets. I wouldn't want to be up on Katahdin in a storm.
  13. Let's say Kristian fails to beat Sabbe's record,...

    Let's say Kristian fails to beat Sabbe's record, coming in late by a few hours or even a couple days. He would not earn a FKT and wouldn't appear on whoever's list of record holders.

    But he...
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    :welcome Lurkers are good. Maybe you'll run...

    :welcome
    Lurkers are good.

    Maybe you'll run into Randy Ratliff. He posts frequently on the Hiking the Smokies Facebook page. His trips invariably involve snakes, usually several of them. ...
  15. 2. What do you do when fording rivers? Change...

    2. What do you do when fording rivers? Change into different shoes to keep your trail runners and socks dry? That’s what I did in 2002, and it was always a big hassle, but I didn’t have to do it...
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    This makes me sad. We stayed at Rattle River...

    This makes me sad. We stayed at Rattle River several nights in 2020 while we filled in missing pieces in that area. It was a welcoming well-run hostel.
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    Seatbelt is right. But go to Mt Cammerer,...

    Seatbelt is right. But go to Mt Cammerer, whether you "have time" or not. Just go! It's only .6 off the AT, and not a climb.
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    If that one photo is representative, it'll be...

    If that one photo is representative, it'll be gorgeous!
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    People do it. I don't know if there's any rule...

    People do it. I don't know if there's any rule against it. Another possibility is to chat with folks at NFG and ask for a ride. That's not hitching. Be aware that parking at Clingman's Dome can...
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    We finally visited Bald River Falls several weeks...

    We finally visited Bald River Falls several weeks ago and walked the trail for a little bit (just a dayhike). Was nice to reminisce for a moment while reading your report.
    The day we visited the...
  21. That's a priceless image, perry!

    That's a priceless image, perry!
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    I remember reading that story online a while...

    I remember reading that story online a while back. Pretty intense!
  23. We hiked through there late Oct - early Nov 2020...

    We hiked through there late Oct - early Nov 2020 on our AT Finale. Intent was to camp out on one of the balds and enjoy the night sky.

    Reality was heavy fog, strong wind, cold temperatures. We...
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    No idea what creature made the sound you...

    No idea what creature made the sound you describe. Just wanted to make the point that we often limit the vocalizations of a particular species to just the most common or primary sounds associated...
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    Simplest thing is to park at Mtn Harbour, and...

    Simplest thing is to park at Mtn Harbour, and have them take you to Roan Mountain (it can be hard to find parking at Roan Mtn anyway) or wherever you want to start.
    Give them a call at 423-772-9494...
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