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    Update:Family members say 38-year-old Iraqi War...

    Update:Family members say 38-year-old Iraqi War veteran Eric Pry has been found safe and sound in Virginia after going missing last month.

    No further details given.

    But good to hear.
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    Thanks for sharing. Good to know.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Good to know.
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    Due to personal reasons I had not been able to...

    Due to personal reasons I had not been able to visit the section that I maintain for several months. I was curious about trail conditions so that I might have a better idea about what tools to carry...
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    Copperheads are very well camouflaged. I've heard...

    Copperheads are very well camouflaged. I've heard them moving through dry leaves but had too look very hard to even see the snake.

    Another good reason not to wear ear buds while hiking.
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    Leaves of three, let it be. Trillium also has...

    Leaves of three, let it be.

    Trillium also has three leaves but they are usually much broader and not so glossy. Jack-in-the pulpit is another wildflower that looks very similar to poison ivy.
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    Here is video.https://youtu.be/Nmgw_pY5hGg I...

    Here is video.https://youtu.be/Nmgw_pY5hGg

    I only pitched rocks in his direction because he was moving toward me. Normally I wouldn't have done that but a thunderstorm was brewing and I wanted to...
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    The ridge runners just finished their hitches....

    The ridge runners just finished their hitches. Reports from 5/30/2019 had Spence Field flowing at 1.5 liters per minute and Campsite 113 (Birch Springs) at 2 liters per minute. Other springs are...
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    He didn't see me as a threat. After I passed...

    He didn't see me as a threat.

    After I passed by he turned and looked back then we both went on our business.
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    They Don't Always Rattle

    Tuesday I was on a day hike in GSMNP, doing a loop up Lead Cove, to Bote Mountain and back out via Finley Cane trails. I encountered this guy on Bote Mountain.

    He was going in the direction...
  10. So where are you spending the night?

    So where are you spending the night?
  11. Interesting timing. As I was finishing up...

    Interesting timing. As I was finishing up brushing my section (Low Gap to Cosby Knob) on Saturday I talked to a local hiker who had just summited Guyot.

    He did it as a day hike going up Snake Den...
  12. I like this loop, but prefer to do it in the...

    I like this loop, but prefer to do it in the other direction.

    Park at Baxter Creek trailhead then short road walk to Chestnut Branch. Somewhat more gradual climb to ridge line.
  13. I signed up this morning. It is free this year....

    I signed up this morning. It is free this year.

    Last year I had to miss it due to my wife's illness but I am looking forward to this year's event.
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    The park service has limited resources. I really...

    The park service has limited resources. I really doubt that a vehicle would get towed unless it is blocking access or blocking in another car.

    From the standpoint of the rangers it makes it...
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    I have left a vehicle at Clingman's parking area...

    I have left a vehicle at Clingman's parking area for over a week with no issues.

    Just be sure to register it with the park service so that they don't start a missing person report.

    Also, be...
  16. Thread: Lighten up

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    Try to keep happy thoughts. No need to hike...

    Try to keep happy thoughts.

    No need to hike with heavy heart.

    Keep it light.
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    Is the much of a northbound bubble following the...

    Is the much of a northbound bubble following the festival?

    I'm seriously thinking about a lash in 2020.
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    Well, Chet Atkins did call his guitar a "yakety...

    Well, Chet Atkins did call his guitar a "yakety axe".
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    I would lock the car doors. Some of the bears...

    I would lock the car doors. Some of the bears have learned how to open car doors.

    Seriously . There have been videos on local news of bears inside of cars in the Gatlinburg area. Construction...
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    Remember the mice live there You are just...

    Remember the mice live there

    You are just visiting.
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    Exactly. Or pick up Benton MacKaye (Lakeshore...

    Exactly. Or pick up Benton MacKaye (Lakeshore Trail) at Fontana and connect to Noland Creek , Pole Road, and Newton Bald. At Smokemont then hitch to Cherokee and resupply. Then continue across...
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    I wonder if the ATC might ever consider the...

    I wonder if the ATC might ever consider the Benton MacKaye Trail as blue blaze alternate through GSMNP?

    Only one shelter on that route and one wouldn't necessarily have to use it.
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    Actually if you are hiking north out of Fontana...

    Actually if you are hiking north out of Fontana you are in North Carolina until the ridgeline at Shuckstack. Then the trail literally strattles the TN/NC line for the most part through the park.
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    Sittinguy If you are doing sections I...

    Sittinguy

    If you are doing sections I recommend AWOL's guide or an app that shows elevation profiles. Mileage also can be deceiving in GSMP doe to the climbs and descents.
    Also take into account...
  25. Actually that was my point. Maybe I was being too...

    Actually that was my point. Maybe I was being too subtle.

    If it was routine rescue then there is no news.

    Had it led to a fatality, then there's a news story. Especially in light of autopsy...
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