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    Yeah, there was either a major fire or maybe...

    Yeah, there was either a major fire or maybe major logging on Unaka, in the 1920s I think. So by the time Shaffer saw it it wasn't recovered.
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    Yeah there are several places to camp around...

    Yeah there are several places to camp around there. None as gorgeous as the top of Unaka, though...
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    There's a water source about 2 miles from the top...

    There's a water source about 2 miles from the top of Unaka; if you're headed northbound, it'll be off to your left (where the trail goes alongside Unaka Mountain Road). It's blue-blazed. As Mr. Bumpy...
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    Thanks for the advice!

    Thanks for the advice!
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    Hammocking near Max Patch?

    I've been up to Max Patch on a few dayhikes. But I'm thinking about doing an overnight.
    I'm a hammocker and I know there are some areas of trees before / after the actual bald.
    Any other hammockers...
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    Thanks for sharing that link. It was a very...

    Thanks for sharing that link. It was a very interesting story.
  7. Y'all know that the trail maintainers haven't...

    Y'all know that the trail maintainers haven't been allowed to do their work since March, right?
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    I've parked there (overnight) several times...

    I've parked there (overnight) several times without incident.
    Sometimes it gets a bit crowded.
    I've been told from those familiar with the area to park at the gap, not in any nearby areas that look...
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    This would be popular on the trail....

    https://www.star-telegram.com/news/nation-world/national/article239361478.html

    A Snickers bar that weighs more than two metric tons
  10. Some glossary terms for our UK friend: "Wally...

    Some glossary terms for our UK friend:
    "Wally World" = WalMart
    "Knorrs" = a brand of rice or noodle dishes, designed to be cooked (at home) but adaptable to freezer-bag cooking on the trail...
  11. I ordered some adhesive sheets that were...

    I ordered some adhesive sheets that were advertised to use for scout badges. No heat involved. No holes.
    They worked great to place several patches on my pack - and the patches have stayed put.
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    10/26 warning to hikers in Smokies

    https://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/article236693773.html

    Evacuations were underway in Great Smoky Mountains National Park on Saturday as fierce winds grew even stronger and flooding from...
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    Yes, thanks. I did see that one and it provided...

    Yes, thanks. I did see that one and it provided this info: "It was discovered about 3.5 miles from Carvers Gap on Roan Mountain"

    That still didn't identify in which direction from Carvers.
    ...
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    A lot of folks were responding on Facebook about...

    A lot of folks were responding on Facebook about how disappointed they were at the news, at how wonderful it was to visit Overmountain, etc.

    Perhaps those feelings will inspire a serious...
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    And... still... no info on exactly where this...

    And... still... no info on exactly where this happened.
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    North of Carver's Gap? South? On the AT, or...

    North of Carver's Gap? South? On the AT, or nearby?
    Sure wish they'd provide those details...
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    thanks for the link

    thanks for the link
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    do you have a link to that post? I was just on...

    do you have a link to that post? I was just on their FB page and couldn't find it.
    Thanks...
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    Any straps that are around the tree need to be at...

    Any straps that are around the tree need to be at least one inch wide, to avoid damage to the tree.
    Paracord certainly won't fit that bill.

    Plus as another has already said, paracord stretches...
  20. He's been found: ...

    He's been found: https://montreal.ctvnews.ca/missing-montreal-camper-rescued-safely-after-24-hours-in-vermont-woods-1.4523601
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    Thanks for your work! I keep hoping at least a...

    Thanks for your work!
    I keep hoping at least a few of the persons who spend time and energy (not to mention expense) of doing hiker feeds and other trail magic will, instead, provide the service of...
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    First time I did Carver's Gap to US 19E was...

    First time I did Carver's Gap to US 19E was toward the beginning of October; it was 19 degrees F when we started. The trail up Hump Mountain featured plenty of ice.
  23. Thanks for the updated info!

    Thanks for the updated info!
  24. Max Patch to Hot Springs: Campsite suggestions for a two-night backpack

    A friend and I are planning a leisurely walk from Max Patch parking lot north to Hot Springs - taking 2 nights, 3 days to cover the 20.5 miles.

    I figure we can camp near Walnut Mountain Shelter...
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    Here's what was posted on Guthook, dated 4/28/19:...

    Here's what was posted on Guthook, dated 4/28/19:
    "There was a large group of people hanging out at the water source at Beech Gap. Some were chanting and digging holes and sharpening long knives....
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