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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...
  2. 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....
  3. 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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    Thanks guys!! I love WB!!!

    Thanks guys!! I love WB!!!
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    Great info guys...thanks. Will you be there...

    Great info guys...thanks.

    Will you be there the 17th or 24th ?
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    Got the last 2 permits for #38. Would that...

    Got the last 2 permits for #38. Would that include at the tower or is it a separate site?
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    Which camp site would you recommend?

    Which camp site would you recommend?
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    Need suggestion on GSMNP hike

    I'm coming off of a groin injury and want to do a one night trip around 16 miles (8 each day) to give my groin a good test.

    Coming out of Asheville, so the east side works best. Love waterfalls! ...
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    Which section did you hike last year? From I-40...

    Which section did you hike last year? From I-40 (Davenport Gap) NOBO all the way to Hampton,TN is a very beautiful section. It's about 187 miles with lots of places to start/stop and shuttles.
  10. Lot of bear problems last year but haven't heard...

    Lot of bear problems last year but haven't heard anything this year. There's an abundance of bears in the area. I would recommend bear spray.....9 oz of insurance is not that much for your son to...
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    As the OP, please feel free to close this thread....

    As the OP, please feel free to close this thread. I simply wanted to know if there is a route that can taken and I have my answer thanks to madgoat and rmitchell.
  12. Considering this is your first taste of the AT, a...

    Considering this is your first taste of the AT, a very nice but challenging route would be SOBO from Massie - 1st night on White Top - 2nd night @ either Lost Mtn or Saunders depending on how you...
  13. That is a good option. If the Mrs is...

    That is a good option. If the Mrs is dropping/picking up, you could also start at the Junction Creek Trail Head. From there, bypass Lost Mountain shelter and head on up towards White Top. Lots of...
  14. First...that is about 42 miles with a LOT of...

    First...that is about 42 miles with a LOT of climbing out of Damascus up to the Mt Rogers area.

    If you can turn it into a 3 night - 4 day trip, there is a real nice camping spot on White Top...
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    @madgoat....THANK YOU!! That is exactly what I...

    @madgoat....THANK YOU!! That is exactly what I needed. I now see that I asked my initial questions completely wrong. I never intended/suggested that I am willing to violate the rules. Only looking...
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    I grew up in Waynesville and have hiked the...

    I grew up in Waynesville and have hiked the entire stretch in segments multiple times. But that was 50 years ago, so doing the Park is something that I would like to do again. I would never break...
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    This would be my preferred tactic. I have no...

    This would be my preferred tactic. I have no desire to have special privileges or skirt the rules. If anyone has done the alternate route, I would love to see the exact route!! Thanks
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    GSMNP avoiding shelters?

    I've done all of the NC & TN portion of the trail except for the park. I have hip issues that makes sleeping on the ground impossible. The pain is unbearable even with a good pad. I thought my...
  19. I live in the area. Only backpacked it once but...

    I live in the area. Only backpacked it once but have run various sections of your route multiple times. It is not a heavily traveled section primarily because it is rather bland compared to...
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    The victim should get an award!! I will be the...

    The victim should get an award!! I will be the first to contribute to his defense fund if needed.
  21. Large stream at the start, good water at shelter...

    Large stream at the start, good water at shelter and large stream when you approach Hwy 16. It has been extremely wet in this area. You should have no problems.

    ETA: You will be hiking along...
  22. Lots of bears in that area, especially around the...

    Lots of bears in that area, especially around the horse camps on VA603 which is next to the parking lot where you will start. They seem to have lost all fear of humans. Carry bear spray.
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    Where is the "like" button when I need it?

    Where is the "like" button when I need it?
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    You omitted the worst event of all: having to...

    You omitted the worst event of all: having to sleep in a full shelter with nasty, smelly, snoring men with gas and small bladders.
  25. Grew up in the area at only 3000' elevation. My...

    Grew up in the area at only 3000' elevation. My sisters b-day is April 7th. It was a family understanding that we would have snow within 1 week of her b-day. Happened almost every year. Have seen...
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