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    For me, hiking in 2021 will look much the same as...

    For me, hiking in 2021 will look much the same as 2020. Hiking and backpacking trails close enough I can reach in a dayís drive, only stopping for gas or drive-through food. Not staying in hostels. ...
  2. Thread: Crowds

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    Didn't even see a ranger the whole trip. One...

    Didn't even see a ranger the whole trip. One night had a family of 7 or 8 (5 or 6 kids aged roughly 6 - 13) come rolling into an already-full shelter close to dark. Funny enough, the shelter I...
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    Thanks for sharing, looking forward to the...

    Thanks for sharing, looking forward to the others. Curious as to how you've already got it planned in 11 trips? Just weekends?
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    Sticky: Thanks for sharing. Bit further than some other...

    Thanks for sharing. Bit further than some other trails/areas on my to-do list already but definitely one to keep in mind for the future.
  5. Thread: Crowds

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    To follow up, I ended up going last week. Hereís...

    To follow up, I ended up going last week. Hereís a breakdown of where I was and the crowds:
    (Tuesday) Fontana Hilton to Spence Field: saw 40+ people (and 4 horses) on trail. Shelter slightly area...
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    I used AAA Hiker Service this past weekend to go...

    I used AAA Hiker Service this past weekend to go from Standing Bear to Fontana and would recommend. Try [email protected] Once I initially got in touch they were responsive and flexible.
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    Right on. Awesome trip. What’s your go-to...

    Right on. Awesome trip. What’s your go-to map/book for planning trips in the Snowbirds area?
  8. Thread: Crowds

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    Because Iíve got a long-term goal of sectioning...

    Because Iíve got a long-term goal of sectioning the AT and this is the next section for me to knock out. I will end up hiking a bit north of the park on this trip as well, probably to Hot Springs....
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    I thought at times the Smokies became a bit of a...

    I thought at times the Smokies became a bit of a zoo during leaf season, just trying to avoid that. Don’t mind seeing some people of course but I’m not out there for a social experience. But what I’m...
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    Thanks for the info, I had you two in mind when I...

    Thanks for the info, I had you two in mind when I made this post lol.

    Iíd likely start my hike on a Tuesday and be through the Smokies prior to the weekend so I reckon that will help mitigate the...
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    Crowds

    Looking at a section hike starting at Fontana and heading nobo on the AT before the end of the year. Hoping someone familiar with the Smokies can enlighten me when the ďleaf seasonĒ is with crowds so...
  12. I was taught and have always walked the opposite...

    I was taught and have always walked the opposite direction of vehicle traffic for many reasons including
    1. I can see vehicles coming and
    2. The drivers actually see your face and are therefore...
  13. Cave Spring Set to Become First Official GA Pinhoti Trail Town

    Quoted directly from a report at this weekís Cave Spring city council meeting:
    ďCommunication is on-going with the Pinhoti Trail Board concerning Cave Spring designation as Georgia's First Pinhoti...
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    EDIT: Never mind

    EDIT: Never mind
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    Glad you responded! That is a badass...

    Glad you responded! That is a badass accomplishment, record or not, congratulations.

    I immediately had a few questions..How did you get to the NC border given that itís a bit from a road coming...
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    I’ve done the Pinhoti and a bit over half of the...

    I’ve done the Pinhoti and a bit over half of the BMT (none of the smokies) and the biggest factor I can think of in terms of impact on mileage is the sheer number of blowdowns on the BMT compared to...
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    In the thralls of a southeastern US summer, I lay...

    In the thralls of a southeastern US summer, I lay on top of my quilt and use my liner as a blanket. Generally find that pretty comfortable even when the lows are in the mid 70s. I tend to go to bed...
  18. Thread: Pack at night?

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    Usually lay it in the vestibule pretty much right...

    Usually lay it in the vestibule pretty much right next to my head.
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    Surprised how one-sided the responses have been....

    Surprised how one-sided the responses have been. I keep mine outside the tent, shake them out in the morning. Never found anything.
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    Keep in mind I was only on it for a stretch of...

    Keep in mind I was only on it for a stretch of 3.6 miles, but the trail was in pretty good shape and easy to follow. I saw a couple tents up with people presumably out on day hikes and around 12-15...
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    Gonna respond to an old thread since I actually...

    Gonna respond to an old thread since I actually hiked the Sugar Cove Trail today, but didnít really think it warranted a new post since this one already has all of the forumís information on this...
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    Congrats on finishing the Benton Mackaye! I have...

    Congrats on finishing the Benton Mackaye! I have about 130 miles of the northern half left myself.

    That does suck that there’s nothing noting it as the northern terminus, maybe reach out to the...
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    I’m familiar with your trips, I very much look...

    I’m familiar with your trips, I very much look forward to your new reports. You may have even inspired this trip to some extent.

    I’m not putting a time frame on it, my ride can be flexible on my...
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    It wonít be all of the trails, but Iím nailing...

    It wonít be all of the trails, but Iím nailing down my route right now for a ~60 mile expedition in the Cohutta/Big Frog wilderness using 20+ trail changes later on this month. Canít freakiní wait.
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    Went out to FDR SP again on Saturday, hiked a...

    Went out to FDR SP again on Saturday, hiked a couple loops for a total of about 12 miles..Beautiful day, a little more crowded than 2 weeks ago but not bad. Couple more trips and I’ll have hiked all...
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