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    The trail doesn’t need anymore hostels, B&Bs or...

    The trail doesn’t need anymore hostels, B&Bs or anything. Back in the early 80s hikers had to pack about 10 days of stuff as there were few trail towns. Now there’s a hostel or something every few...
  2. .....and hiking in the rain has never been the...

    .....and hiking in the rain has never been the same.....:rolleyes:
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    The "Hostel" at Hemlock Hollow is pretty much...

    The "Hostel" at Hemlock Hollow is pretty much just a cabin rental for tourists. Since Hattie sold out the new owners never showed the welcome mat to AT hikers. I drove past there last week and it...
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    After spending 30 years working outside year...

    After spending 30 years working outside year round, the last thing I want to do is sweat some more in my free time. I avoid the heat from late June till September. I did hike in the summer many years...
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    +1 on TJ's post. The State's glossy tourist info...

    +1 on TJ's post. The State's glossy tourist info brochures leave a few things out.
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    +1 on this.Parking anywhere at unattended lots in...

    +1 on this.Parking anywhere at unattended lots in TN/NC is risky. Not much vandalism lately but with the recent downturn in the employment/jobs situation that could change.I picked up an injured...
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    When building your campfire the species of wood...

    When building your campfire the species of wood you choose to gather is important too. During rainy and cold weather Hemlock and Mountain Laurel (dead) will be dry on the inside. Downed trees with...
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    I bought a Moment DW 3 years ago. Got the mostly...

    I bought a Moment DW 3 years ago. Got the mostly fabric inner tent and it's great for cold weather camping. Blocks more wind and with the optional crossing pole is very stable in high winds. I can...
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    Marmot Trail Wind Hoody

    For sale, Men’s medium black.About 5 ozs. Like new condition $35 shipped USPS
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    I was just up there a few weeks ago. I spent...

    I was just up there a few weeks ago. I spent Friday night near Grassy Ridge trail. On Saturday it was a circus, one college group day hiking was 72 people with one wearing Bluetooth speakers blaring...
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    Sometimes you have to use your head. Many years...

    Sometimes you have to use your head. Many years ago I do remember using the lid of my nalgene to scoop water from a shallow source. I’m just grateful now to be able to carry a backpack a few miles....
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    The main reason I bought the MSR Hyperflow filter...

    The main reason I bought the MSR Hyperflow filter was it's prefilter and ability to suck water out of shallow sources. My back is about shot and bending or squatting to scoop water a cup at a time is...
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    I was just up there on 8-31 and it was flowing...

    I was just up there on 8-31 and it was flowing well. I met over 200+ mostly day hikers but at least 30 backpackers were heading for the campsite out on Grassy Ridge trail. Many others headed for the...
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    Cool at night, still very warm days and many dry...

    Cool at night, still very warm days and many dry water sources here 26 miles NOBO of Hot Springs. Fire danger increasing since 20+ days without rain. Check with Mountain Crossings for their recent...
  15. I was just up there last Friday for a short...

    I was just up there last Friday for a short overnight trip to Grassy Ridge. I was totally surprised at the large number of hikers Friday. Saturday was a circus, I must have met several hundred day...
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    This time of year as seasons change so does the...

    This time of year as seasons change so does the weather.Get your daily forecasts via a NOAA weather radio.No cell service needed for a small radio with several NOAA bands.
  17. Never tried it on bears but it will stop an...

    Never tried it on bears but it will stop an unruly drunken neighbor for sure. As the police explained, the bear spray comes out in a fog able to reach a larger area where as self defense pepper spray...
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    No and you can use it for a seat or table...

    No and you can use it for a seat or table too.45527
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    I've spent the last 30 years working outside in...

    I've spent the last 30 years working outside in the tree care industry. Power line ROW Maintenance and residential tree work. Climbing, operating lifts and heavy equipment. I just wait till...
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    Anyone else seen this?

    https://www.pelicanwater.com/blog/shouldnt-refill-disposable-water-bottles/?fbclid=IwAR37iD0m8BFRh5C0IIoLkYVHng-JWR43IHKkl2Y35Dim-eSs2rZ1AgJ9Esg
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    I would have no problems with USFS LEOs showing...

    I would have no problems with USFS LEOs showing up and issuing citations for littering, illegal camping and anything else they find anyone doing that violates the LNT guidelines. A few years back I...
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    If you cannot stand mice, I'd suggest avoiding...

    If you cannot stand mice, I'd suggest avoiding the entire AT. I've had a hole chewed in my tent several miles from any shelter.
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    When leaving a shelter only your name should be...

    When leaving a shelter only your name should be left in the trail register. Any books I find get burned or packed out.
  24. FWIW, I contacted Tarptent with a request for...

    FWIW, I contacted Tarptent with a request for some material and a new logo patch to cover critter damage. Henry Shires answered the phone and promptly sent @ no charge the items I requested. #1 for...
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    Icebreaker 260 1/4 zip top

    I've had this a few years, worn only a few times and stored in a smoke free home. Good as new condition. This top is gray, size medium and is not a slim fit with room for a light baselayer or wear...
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