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  1. Maybe about a mile or less after Wallace Gap...

    Maybe about a mile or less after Wallace Gap going north. Trail crosses an old logging road near some steps. Spot for one or two tents. Pretty level. Maybe another mile or more north of here,...
  2. Did a day hike up to Long Branch Shelter a few...

    Did a day hike up to Long Branch Shelter a few weeks ago. There was a posting on the shelter stating it was "closed" because of the virus. In addition, I've been stomping around this area north to...
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    I can also confirm that spring at Bly Gap. Saw...

    I can also confirm that spring at Bly Gap. Saw it flowing water during some pretty dry spells.
  4. Dick's Creek Gap parking has always been safe for...

    Dick's Creek Gap parking has always been safe for me in the past. That lot is small and does fill up fast, especially on weekends.
  5. In the past, I used the coin operated showers...

    In the past, I used the coin operated showers down by the rail road tracks across from the vehicle bridge. With Covid, those showers may be a no-go. As noted, CALL and ask.
  6. I am a local to that area and have hiked this...

    I am a local to that area and have hiked this section numerous times of the year in both directions. Definitely northbound. You will pass more people hiking in the opposite direction if you go...
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    I do not overnight hike in the summer unless a...

    I do not overnight hike in the summer unless a rare cold front passes through. I do day hike, knowing I can grab a shower in an AC'ed environment afterwards. I will car camp on occasion at higher...
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    Back in 2013, my wife and I drove up to Max Patch...

    Back in 2013, my wife and I drove up to Max Patch via some county roads and forest service roads from outside Hot Springs. I simply referred to a National Geographic map of the area and navigated...
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    I have hiked this loop at least 6 to 8 times over...

    I have hiked this loop at least 6 to 8 times over the last 15 years (I'm a local) during holiday weekends and thru hiker season. Never experienced any crowds. You will see people and groups of...
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    Do Deep Gap NC to the NOC. Standing Indian,...

    Do Deep Gap NC to the NOC. Standing Indian, Albert, Silers Bald, Wayah Bald, Wesser Bald. Did I miss any? Fantastic views. Beautiful locations. Great place to end a hike. Who doesn't like hot...
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    Check on availability back around the NOC. All...

    Check on availability back around the NOC. All sorts of rental cabin options in the Gorge. :)
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    Mary shuttled me last year in North Georgia. ...

    Mary shuttled me last year in North Georgia. Great experience!
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    Don't know. But I can definitely feel the...

    Don't know. But I can definitely feel the temperature difference from inside to outside on my conventional, double wall one person tent (MSR Hubba). If I had to guess, maybe five degrees warmer...
  14. One of my favorite pieces of gear I use in cold...

    One of my favorite pieces of gear I use in cold weather is a cheap 100 wt fleece pullover. Typically a department store brand, like from WalMart. Great in damp and wet weather. I don't even care...
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    Absolutely! Half the fun of hiking the AT is...

    Absolutely! Half the fun of hiking the AT is meeting all the interesting characters. Of course, they probably think the same thing when they meet me!
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    I always carry a 1 liter Poweraide bottle with my...

    I always carry a 1 liter Poweraide bottle with my cook pot (Snow Peak 600) snugged onto the bottom, plus a 20 ounce Gatoraide bottle. Through drier stretches, will carry an additional 1 liter wide...
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    THIS! Order from a great online retailer like...

    THIS! Order from a great online retailer like REI. They have a great return policy if you get it at home and determine it won't meet your need. :)
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    My cook pot (snow peak 600) which nestles on the...

    My cook pot (snow peak 600) which nestles on the bottom of a 1 liter Poweraid bottle. It sits in an external pocket of my Exos pack and makes a very handy, low bulk package.
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    I'm not a thru hiker. Have you looked at COBRA...

    I'm not a thru hiker. Have you looked at COBRA from your previous employer?
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    That first day after crossing the state line will...

    That first day after crossing the state line will be a killer...:)
  21. Are you talking about those cheap, aluminum-foil...

    Are you talking about those cheap, aluminum-foil blankets? The one's that come folded in about the size of a cigarette package? If so, can't see how they can be useful for anything but a one-time...
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    Slowed down? That's an understatement. Been a...

    Slowed down? That's an understatement. Been a member for well over 10 years and lurked for a while before that. This site has become a ghost town. Seems counter productive to encourage folks NOT...
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    Had a mouse get into a food bag many, many years...

    Had a mouse get into a food bag many, many years ago. Skipped eating the everything bagel that morning. Couldn't tell the difference between the poppy seeds and mouse poo...
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    Just my opinion. Get something light and not...

    Just my opinion. Get something light and not bulky, like a z lite short or one of the new Nemo Switchback short pads, and be done with it. Happy hiking. :)
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    I too used a Rat Sack years before I went with...

    I too used a Rat Sack years before I went with the Ursak Minor. Some of the chain links became broken/loose on it. Got a puncture in my air mattress from stuffing it next to the RS in my pack. :(
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