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    First of all, in this case "right below it"...

    First of all, in this case "right below it" equates to about a quarter mile away and 100' drop in elevation (down Gregory Bald trail).
    After a 3,000' climb to Gregory Bald, my mind does NOT equate...
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    A week would give you a chance to hike some of...

    A week would give you a chance to hike some of the more remote parts of the Great Smokey Mountains during leaf peeper season (mid October).
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    GSMNP A classic two night loop is to park at...

    GSMNP

    A classic two night loop is to park at Twenty Mile ranger station and stay at #92 and #13.
    The highlights include a small waterfall near the start of the loop, and creek side campsite the...
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    Keep in mind that some trails do not allow...

    Keep in mind that some trails do not allow wheeled carts. I know Great Smoky Mountains National Park doesn't allow carts on the AT thru the park.
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    I seem to recall park service instruction...

    I seem to recall park service instruction (perhaps the speel I had to listen to when I picked up my JMT permit) specifically saying NOT to do this... because inevitably someone is not going to see...
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    Glad to hear it... hope you have a fun and safe...

    Glad to hear it... hope you have a fun and safe hike.
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    @TSWisla While my son needs several trails in...

    @TSWisla
    While my son needs several trails in the Cosby and Big Creek area on his way to the 900 Miler Club, with the existing road closures, I opted for a loop I could access from the Cades Cove...
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    I don't have any other "inside-info" beyond what...

    I don't have any other "inside-info" beyond what people were reporting on a Hike the Smokies Facebook group... so I can't even say what they guy would charge or allow you to park multiple nights.
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    If you have a back country permit, you should...

    If you have a back country permit, you should have no issues with the NPS parking there.
    However, I'm still under the impression that the area is still sketchy.
    Saw in another forum the guy that...
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    If you're a stomach sleeper, I'd recommend the...

    If you're a stomach sleeper, I'd recommend the Therm-a-rest NeoAir Large. The thickness will keep things comfortable, and the large will keep your arms from hanging down off the sides. The weight...
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    Only time I've had an issue with slowed flow in...

    Only time I've had an issue with slowed flow in the field was...
    1. Didn't test the filter after winter storage... apparently got clogged with mineral deposits and had almost zero flow.
    2. In a...
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    The mini I can understand... it obviously has a...

    The mini I can understand... it obviously has a lower flow. But was is the issue with the Micro? I thought it was supposed to be as good of a flow rate as the squeeze in a smaller package.
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    Yeah, I've seen several hikers taking this simple...

    Yeah, I've seen several hikers taking this simple approach... just screw a Sawyer filter {usually mini, but I expect to start seeing more micro} on the top of a "dirty" water bottle and filter as you...
  14. I borrowed a FlyCreek UL1 for an overnight hike...

    I borrowed a FlyCreek UL1 for an overnight hike and hated it. I didn't like getting into a tent the way I get into a sleeping bag, and I felt like I had to stretch too far to open/close the...
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    When I 1st converted to Sawyer, I tried to...

    When I 1st converted to Sawyer, I tried to continue using the slit stopper between the dirty water bag and the sawyer:
    Bladder --> hose adapter --> hose --> Silt Stopper --> hose --> Sawyer.

    But...
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    My apologizes... your post did say "before using...

    My apologizes... your post did say "before using tablet". I just got hung up on the words "filter".
    So, yeah, like TexasBob points out, some sort of prefilter will improve the job tablets are...
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    Thanks. Yup, a picture is worth a 1000 words. ...

    Thanks.
    Yup, a picture is worth a 1000 words. Makes a lot of sense now... pretty cool,

    Just looking at it (and thinking of the tools in my toolbox... like a chisel), it looks stout... not...
  18. The nice thing about that is even a worst-case...

    The nice thing about that is even a worst-case scenario for the inflatable (such as an un-repairable leak), you still have SOMETHING to lay on.

    But it seems impractical for most applications.
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    Got my AirTap kits in the mail today (one for my...

    Got my AirTap kits in the mail today (one for my son, and a back-up for me since these are now discontinued).

    Obviously these were not all that popular, but I've loved them for my purposes.
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  20. I don't understand NOT reopening camp grounds......

    I don't understand NOT reopening camp grounds... unless they don't have everything in place yet for the employees to do their job safely.

    But I hope that doesn't mean they are also going to keep...
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    {Thumbs Up} Here's the thing about those...

    {Thumbs Up}

    Here's the thing about those "springs"... all the water that comes OUT of the ground, started OUT of the ground. So you have no idea what that water flowed over before it went IN the...
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    Pictures!!!

    Pictures!!!
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    Makes me wonder if these people are digging...

    Makes me wonder if these people are digging proper cat holes.

    Seems like when ever discussions like this come up, someone chimes in and says "I just use the heel of my boot". And based on my...
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    Yeah, this... I do most of my camping in GSMNP...

    Yeah, this...
    I do most of my camping in GSMNP where there are roots EVERYWHERE. Doesn't mater where you dig, the vegetation is so dense, you always hit roots. More than once, I've had abandon one...
  25. One of the Facebook groups for GSMNP has a...

    One of the Facebook groups for GSMNP has a volunteer that has a little bit of inside information... and the only information they could give is that plans are being made on how they will reopen the...
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