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  1. Thanks

    Thanks for the update.
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    Yes, Standing Indian Mountain is in the Southern...

    Yes, Standing Indian Mountain is in the Southern Nantahala Wilderness Area. Group size is limited to 10. Sad that some groups are clueless or just completely disregard any rules.
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    +1. Sunrise from the first bald would be a great...

    +1. Sunrise from the first bald would be a great start. Don't forget a flashlight.
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    [QUOTE=Furlough;2254124]I think maybe this is an...

    [QUOTE=Furlough;2254124]I think maybe this is an Ohio Buckeye Tree or a Horse Chestnut Tree. The compound leaf structure is more like an Ohio Buckeye Tree/Horse Chestnut. Osage Orange is a single...
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    Liked their beer.

    The Wesser Evil Porter is great. Can't wait to get back to the So. Appalachians for hiking and to try a few more brews. For research purposes.
    ...
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    Down pants

    I just got my down pants from Goosefeet. They weight 6.1 oz. The fit is perfect from the measurements given. They have a drawstring waist.
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    I still plan to go. With your other backpacking...

    I still plan to go. With your other backpacking trips you have planned for the summer, I'm sure you will leave me in the dust.
    Dan
  8. Anyone mention arch supporting insoles? Sometimes...

    Anyone mention arch supporting insoles? Sometimes they are helpful with knee pain.
    I have found balancing exercises also helps, like walking across a small diameter log.
    Dan
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    I am interested. My last trip to the Wind River...

    I am interested. My last trip to the Wind River Range was an out and back to Titcomb Basin. Nice area and worth a repeat.

    Dan
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    For lows from about 25 to zero degrees and inside...

    For lows from about 25 to zero degrees and inside a three season tent, I use a Kelty 15 degree down bag with a Neoair Xtherm pad. I sleep in mid- or silk-weight long underwear. At zero I use a...
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    +1 on the WM Summerlite. Although for your...

    +1 on the WM Summerlite. Although for your temperature range, 50-70, I would be sleeping with a t-shirt and only part way in the bag.
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    Wear light colored, long pants treated with...

    Wear light colored, long pants treated with permethrin. You can buy pre-treated clothing, like bugsaway or you can treat you own. There is also a vendor you can send your favorite garment for...
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    I use a 20 ounce Gatorade bottle for a shaker...

    I use a 20 ounce Gatorade bottle for a shaker bottle. These weigh about 1.2 ounces empty. Use it as an additional water bottle to help to keep it clean.

    Dan
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    Three trips in mid-September in the Wind Rivers...

    Three trips in mid-September in the Wind Rivers for me. Lowest temperture was about 15 degrees at some campground in Pinedale the night before our trip. In the mountains, we never had water freeze on...
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    I use the 8 ounce Motts apple juice plastic...

    I use the 8 ounce Motts apple juice plastic bottles. This is the same plastic as Gatorade bottles. I never had one of these leak. I've carried milk, juice, wine, oil, alcohol, even kerosene for fire...
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    I assume you were looking at the Trail Sections...

    I assume you were looking at the Trail Sections Map with the trail as bold red line and some black dots between the North Fork and the Eleven Point. If this is true these black dots just show the...
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    I often carry steak or other meat for first...

    I often carry steak or other meat for first evening meal. When I do chicken, hamburger, or pork I fully cook it, put it in a seal-a-meal bag or zip-lock, then freeze. Wrapping in several layer of...
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    Below are the low temperatures recorded for the...

    Below are the low temperatures recorded for the National Weather Service for Murphy, NC. You should be good to go with the 25 degree bag.
    Dan

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  19. About 550 miles driving to Newfound Gap in the...

    About 550 miles driving to Newfound Gap in the Great Smoky Mts--that's bad. About 18 miles to Ozark Trail near the Current River and the Ozark National Scenic Riverways--it's something.

    Dan
  20. Here is a scan from the Standing Indian Mtn area....

    Here is a scan from the Standing Indian Mtn area. The AT makes a large horseshoe bend around the upper Nantahala River. Several loop hike can be made from the Standing Indian campground. On this scan...
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    I like this one: http://www.mountain-forecast.com/

    It has been as good as any for trips in the Wind River Range, Sequoia National Park, and in GSMNP. It not only covers the US, but mountains all...
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    *Google Earth* This free software from...

    *Google Earth* This free software from https://www.google.com/earth/ is installed on my computer. The topographic index file (NGS_Topo_US_2D.kmz) is a separate small file that when opened from...
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    Using USGS topo images in Google Earth

    There were two things used for this map:
    1) the USGS topographic maps from an internet map server (ArcGIS) and
    2) the trails that are in the Google earth layers.

    Download and save the...
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    There are some places to create maps. I use...

    There are some places to create maps. I use Google Earth. Trail to Pear Lake sample below. If interested I can describe the process used. I will be out of town for a few days.
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    Below are the average low temperatures recorded...

    Below are the average low temperatures recorded on Mt LeConte (6,593 ft) 1988-2014. These would be representative for the higher elevation areas in the GSMNP.
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