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    It will be hot and dry. Get up before dawn and...

    It will be hot and dry. Get up before dawn and walk. A lot. When you find a good stream about 1PM take an extra long break. Start walking again at about 4 and walk till near dark.
  2. I've used front entry and side entry over the...

    I've used front entry and side entry over the years. Side entry has a small weight penalty but has so many more advantages over front in terms of space and ease of entry, and also if you have to get...
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    That whole section from HS to Damascus is great....

    That whole section from HS to Damascus is great. But the Va Highlands which is just past Damascus is an area that should not be missed. Include them if you have the time. If you don't have the time,...
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    A few years back I was given an LL Bean Stowaway...

    A few years back I was given an LL Bean Stowaway which is what I think of as traditional old-school gore-tex jacket with a mesh liner . It was something that I would not have purchased on my own -...
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    Interested. Check your private messages. GR

    Interested. Check your private messages.
    GR
  6. Thread: Cold camp !

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    Favorite cold camping activity: I get enjoyment...

    Favorite cold camping activity: I get enjoyment from letting a water bottle get supercooled, then knocking and watching it crystalize from the inside.
  7. Thread: Congaree NP

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    I echo Morgan. About 15 years ago I kayak camped...

    I echo Morgan. About 15 years ago I kayak camped for two nights through it and tried to hike a little. It was spring and wet. It was too cool to swim, couldn't light a fire, and was pretty swampy....
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    Near Charlotte is the Kings Mt. State...

    Near Charlotte is the Kings Mt. State Park/National Park perimeter trail combined with the Crowder's Mt. trail is a great lollipop hike mid-30's mileage. It is always a little warmer there than in...
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    A few years ago I remember someone was promoting...

    A few years ago I remember someone was promoting the idea of a large Western NC loop that would use the Foothills Trail, Bartram, BMK/AT, Mountains to Sea, and then somehow - mostly road walking -...
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    Trail head is Turkey Pen. I guess you mean to...

    Trail head is Turkey Pen. I guess you mean to finish Art Loeb at Davidson River Campground and meander over to the Turkey Pen Trail head using any of a few of the Pink Beds area trails? That is a...
  11. I'm not sure of the statutes, and the ethics are...

    I'm not sure of the statutes, and the ethics are sticky, but hunting dogs are legally not strays and if you engage them there can be legal ramifications. The law is on the dog owner's side.
    One of...
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    I just surfed over the the parent organization's...

    I just surfed over the the parent organization's web page and if I have it correct 3MUSA charges $250 per person for these outings. Holy ****. If true, isn't that a violation of something? Groups...
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    Bear boxes, too many times, means "trash can" for...

    Bear boxes, too many times, means "trash can" for those too lazy to pack trash, broken stuff, wet clothes, etc., etc. I'm not maintaining a section of trail now, but ask those who do.
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    I hike that section or parts thereof about once a...

    I hike that section or parts thereof about once a year. That is an ambitious schedule, I think because there are so many ups and downs. Your second day is particularly demanding, and even at peak...
  15. If you pay to enter and park over by the...

    If you pay to enter and park over by the beach/picnic area side there is a bath house with showers to use. I often finish hikes here and go for a swim and shower before hitting the road.
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    Kings Mt. State/National Park loop as a winter or...

    Kings Mt. State/National Park loop as a winter or shoulder season hike. Longer variation of the same is to make a lollipop hike starting at Crowders Mt. State Park
  17. A 4eyedbuzzard went looking for a tasty treat,...

    A 4eyedbuzzard went looking
    for a tasty treat, something for cooking.
    His bag came up short, he said with a snort,
    To Damascus! See you. I'm bookin'
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    Hey there. 3 days is fast time for this time of...

    Hey there. 3 days is fast time for this time of year, and I think it is fast time for any time of year. I like to do it as a five night trip with short hiking days on the first and last days.

    I'm...
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    Depends what your base weight is, I suppose. If...

    Depends what your base weight is, I suppose. If you spent 100 to get a 35 lb rig down to 34, I'd think that is too much. But supposing your base is 20 lbs, then that would be a different question in...
  20. Fantastic hike for you, Wuff.

    Fantastic hike for you, Wuff.
  21. Have you considered something a little different...

    Have you considered something a little different such as parking at Beartree Campground and starting your hike from 603 horse camp? That would let you get more of a highlands experience. You don't...
  22. This was just discussed here: ...

    This was just discussed here:

    130863-Trail-access-options-near-Little-Laurel-Shelter-TN
  23. Thread: Selling Out

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    ...Take the pink blaze hallway to the honeymoon...

    ...Take the pink blaze hallway to the honeymoon suite...
  24. "a world-record Appalachian Trail hiker" ugh

    "a world-record Appalachian Trail hiker" ugh
  25. That ridgeline in Madison County, actually the...

    That ridgeline in Madison County, actually the whole section between Allen Gap and Sams Gap doesn't get as much attention because access is a little bit tighter than places such as Max Patch, Beauty...
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