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  2. Thread: BMT campsites

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    My notes from my 2014 thru indicate that I camped...

    My notes from my 2014 thru indicate that I camped 2.1 miles north of the YCMT junction, just past Bearpen Gap.

    There is a public campground, just off the trail, on on the north side of the lake,...
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    This article from the Lynchburg News & Advance...

    This article from the Lynchburg News & Advance implies that the hiker was deceased by the time he/she was located, which makes the issue of the wilderness restrictions less salient.
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    Hiker dies after fall in VA

    Via the Roanoke Times

    http://www.roanoke.com/news/local/authorities-confirm-death-of-hiker-on-appalachian-trail-in-bedford/article_739ce48b-c5f3-5593-851d-e501f05497e6.html

    This happened along...
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    Anyone have a link to this? Sent from my...

    Anyone have a link to this?


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    There are at least three that I can recall, one...

    There are at least three that I can recall, one at Slick Rock and two on Noland Creek. Sgt Rocks guide will give you a more accurate count.

    I always just take my boots and socks off and cross...
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    According to my trail guide, the chimney and...

    According to my trail guide, the chimney and hearth are remnants of the Mayo cabin, dating from the early 1900's. The Mayo's were homesteaders in that area.
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    Personally, I don't know if I would be...

    Personally, I don't know if I would be comfortable leaving my car there overnight, just because of the location and the amount of local traffic. But Gambit's experience indicates that it is usually...
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    That's right. There is a parking area on the...

    That's right. There is a parking area on the left/north side where the trail meets US 52.

    The "Bland County Senior Center" is vacant and somewhat derelict. There are "no trespassing" signs posted...
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    While there is space to park at the US 52...

    While there is space to park at the US 52 crossing near Bland, I wouldn't be comfortable leaving my car there for several days. There is a well known overlook right there and it seems like the area...
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    So a local man is "swindled" out of $300-$1,200...

    So a local man is "swindled" out of $300-$1,200 and for that reason he plants spikes along a hiking trail to maim hikers? Got it.


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    You have provided no evidence and I don't believe...

    You have provided no evidence and I don't believe a bit of it. If a landowner isn't satisfied with the government's offer they have the right to go before a court to have the matter decided. Can't...
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    How old must one be to have an valid opinion on...

    How old must one be to have an valid opinion on this internet message board? Eighteen? Twenty-one? Thirty?

    I challenge you to provide one example where the NPS forced a land owner to accept a...
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    So it's just the National Park Service that you...

    So it's just the National Park Service that you hate? Tell you what, if you don't like the AT, then stay off it.

    BTW Local governments establish property tax rates, not the Feds. But I'm the...
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    Are you defending the sociopaths that hang fish...

    Are you defending the sociopaths that hang fish hooks across hiking trails?

    The government has used eminent domain to obtain right of way to literally millions of acres for road construction, but...
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    This is nonsense. The AT has had to be rerouted...

    This is nonsense. The AT has had to be rerouted in many places because new land owners objected or original land owners changed their minds. The ATC goes to great lengths to court private landowners....
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    The VA Triple Crown, just outside of Roanoke, is...

    The VA Triple Crown, just outside of Roanoke, is ~30 miles and makes for a nice 3 day loop.


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    In this area, I'd say the top three are: ...

    In this area, I'd say the top three are:

    Bryant Ridge
    Chestnut Knob
    Rice Field (nothing special about the shelter itself but views from here are outstanding).
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    "Contagious Love" - myATstory

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R466vtcOf5U

    Great story about the owner of the Holiday Lodge in Pearisburg, VA.
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    I hiked the northern half of this section, VA-42...

    I hiked the northern half of this section, VA-42 to Pearsiburg, in 2016. For me, northbound is the way to go. If you decide to go all the way to Pearisburg, you will be rewarded with a nice view of...
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    Planning to do a short, 42 mile, section hike...

    Planning to do a short, 42 mile, section hike from VA 42 near Ceres to VA 611 over Columbus Day weekend.
  22. Thread: Compass?

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    I am not against carrying a compass on the AT, if...

    I am not against carrying a compass on the AT, if that is what you chose to do. Like I said, carry whatever you want. I just don't think it is necessary. It is an opinion that is shared by many...
  23. Thread: Compass?

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    I'm assuming you are referencing this article...

    I'm assuming you are referencing this article from the Asheville Citizen-Times:

    http://www.citizen-times.com/story/news/local/2015/07/07/smokies-among-busiest-national-parks-rescues/29815445/
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    Goof grief, man. The GSMNP is the most visited...

    Goof grief, man. The GSMNP is the most visited national park in the country. A lot of these search and rescue missions are for day hikers that start out on a 12 mile round trip at five o'clock in the...
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    +1 for Mt. Rogers/Grayson Highlands. Unique in...

    +1 for Mt. Rogers/Grayson Highlands. Unique in the Southern Appalachians.


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