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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...
  2. 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...
  3. "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...
  4. 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...
  10. 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....
  11. 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.
  18. 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.
  20. 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...
  21. 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...
  22. 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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