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    Met Rain Man last year while BPing in the GSMNP. ...

    Met Rain Man last year while BPing in the GSMNP. Great guy! Condolences to his family.
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    Thanks for the great suggestions! We are leaning...

    Thanks for the great suggestions! We are leaning towards the Linville Gorge or Wilson Creek areas because that is about the same distance drive for both of us.
  3. What is your favorite section on the Mtn2Sea so...

    What is your favorite section on the Mtn2Sea so far? Looking for a 2 night trip. Thanks
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    Suggestions for 2 nights in NC or TN

    Looking for non-AT suggestions for me and daughter. She lives in Asheville and I live near Elk Garden VA, so anything in between or near either location. We loved our final trip last year, past...
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    Met a guy on the AT with one of these packs...

    Met a guy on the AT with one of these packs because he had a pacemaker. No idea how well it works but he said he had no problems.

    https://www.aarnpacks.com/#!naturally-balanced/cjg9
  6. Thread: Trail Alert

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    From 3 days ago. Colin Zen Gooder The police...

    From 3 days ago.
    Colin Zen Gooder The police are handling the financial crime but Iím just helping to locate and report them so the USFS law officers can question or detain them regarding the...
  7. Thread: Trail Alert

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    Trail Alert

    Please remove if this has already been discussed

    TRAIL ALERT. Two males were reported by Gooder Grove Hostel in Franklin NC as having attacked, beat, and robbed a female hiker of money and gear...
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    THIS ^^^ No attempt to close the parking lot...

    THIS ^^^

    No attempt to close the parking lot nor the trail head. Also, the road to the top of White Top, where you can pickup the AT, is not closed.
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    Not certain about Fox Creek but the parking lot...

    Not certain about Fox Creek but the parking lot at Elk Garden was packed last weekend. Don't think I have ever seen that many cars....parking lot full and 20+ cars parked along the side of the road....
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    Definitely June, not August, as others have...

    Definitely June, not August, as others have suggested!! You did not mention how many days you have for your hike or what kind of hiking condition you are in. As Slo-go'en suggested, NC is either...
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    Saw Damascus Brewery in Abingdon. Not sure if...

    Saw Damascus Brewery in Abingdon. Not sure if they are affiliated.
    https://damascusinn.com/damascus-brewery/
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    Missing Thru-Hiker

    This man is missing. Began thru-hike on Friday.

    https://www.facebook.com/dawsoncountyes/photos/a.641360705922944/2885736818151977/?type=3&theater
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    You didn't mention what type of work that you...

    You didn't mention what type of work that you do....that might be helpful.

    Many excellent suggestions from others. I suggest that you get a second job or work a lot of overtime at your current...
  14. Both the Appalachian Regional Commission and...

    Both the Appalachian Regional Commission and Tobacco Regional Revitalization Commission are tax payer funded. The center will not draw in enough new tax dollars to even cover the ongoing operating...
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    I live 7 miles fro the entrance to Grayson...

    I live 7 miles fro the entrance to Grayson Highland and 6 from Elk Garden. I have had 2 encounters with MLs while trail running. One started to attack my dog but saw me when it was within 3' of my...
  16. Sorry, I should have been more specific. I was...

    Sorry, I should have been more specific. I was using the term Mace to cover all Pepper Spray....Kleenex = kleenex. My point is that bear spray is far less powerful than most of the spray sold for...
  17. "it's pretty much worthless" incorrect:...

    "it's pretty much worthless" incorrect: https://www.ammoland.com/2018/02/defense-against-bears-with-pistols-97-success-rate-37-incidents-by-caliber/#axzz5y0ItOjaW

    "The advantages of bear spray...
  18. Mace is stronger than bear spray and that is what...

    Mace is stronger than bear spray and that is what I carry. I get being humane, I've been a vegetarian for 40+ yrs for that reason. But when it comes to my life or the efficacy of using mace on a...
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    I have the 12' straps. Normally, the 5' ones...

    I have the 12' straps. Normally, the 5' ones would be fine but there have been times when I used 8'-10'.
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    see above...

    see above...
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    WTB: Dutchware Chameleon & Tarp

    Daughter used my Chameleon w/bugnet & Warbonnet Superfly tarp. She is now looking for the same or something very similar. Will also need an under quilt.
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    Nashville Hiking Meetup - Fun Group

    Daughter and I had the good fortune of camping at a site where we were next to 11 members of the Nashville Hiking Meetup. What a fun group. They invited us to join them around their fire where we...
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    Looking at the elevation gains/losses from Big...

    Looking at the elevation gains/losses from Big Creek to Mt Sterling. Steep down hills hurt me more than up. How feasible would it be to take Baxter Creek Trail up and Shallow Fork / Big Creek Trail...
  24. http://appalachiantrail.org/home/explore-the-trail...

    http://appalachiantrail.org/home/explore-the-trail/multi-day-hiking/permits-and-regulations

    Shelter Policy: Great Smoky Mountains National Park regulations require that you stay in a shelter....
  25. If you have 10 days do the GSMNP. Only issue is...

    If you have 10 days do the GSMNP. Only issue is that you have to stay in shelters and obtain permits. Or start at I-40 (Standing Bear) and head north. All the way to Hampton is a beautiful section...
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