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  1. We were section hiking from Standing Indian...

    We were section hiking from Standing Indian Mountain to Rock Gap a couple of years and around Albert Mountain we came across a couple of young guys thru hiking barefoot in loin cloths. And when I...
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    I've had similar issues which I'm assuming are...

    I've had similar issues which I'm assuming are ITB related. Being a section hiker from flat land who often goes from the couch to the trail, it's easy to get out there without much in the way of...
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    The lodge posts a daily blog with weather...

    The lodge posts a daily blog with weather conditions and other topics germane to Mt Leconte and they often remark about spikes in bear activity around camp: http://www.highonleconte.com/daily-posts....
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    If snow or rain, I use and recommend them to keep...

    If snow or rain, I use and recommend them to keep mud and debris out. Your feet are still gonna get wet, especially if your shoes aren't waterproof, but it will cut down on stuff getting into your...
  5. Thread: New Pack

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    I purchased the Aether 70 pack several years ago...

    I purchased the Aether 70 pack several years ago and used it for several trips totaling about 100 miles. I found that pack to be heavier and roomier than I wanted, although it was extremely...
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    If you're a southeast coast veteran, you know...

    If you're a southeast coast veteran, you know that this bug season. Sand gnats (no-see-ums) and ticks are now out in full force. If you haven't experienced this on Cumberland in late...
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    I caught on to your blog a couple of weeks back...

    I caught on to your blog a couple of weeks back and now I follow daily. Thanks for letting us office-bound types live the trail through you.
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    Try Steve Claxton. http://steveclaxton.com/. ...

    Try Steve Claxton. http://steveclaxton.com/. He's based out of Bryson City/Robbinsville area and runs a guide service there. He also completed a thru hike last year so he can give you lots of info...
  9. Camel, I completed a short section similar to...

    Camel,
    I completed a short section similar to yours just 2 days earlier for my 40th (40 miles for 40 years). The sad part is that I took 2 days to complete what you did in 1 (green corner to hot...
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    I've had ITB issues similar to this in the past. ...

    I've had ITB issues similar to this in the past. I could fly on the uphill and level parts but then have excruciating pain on the downhill on the outside of the knee. Tried ibuprofen and knee...
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    Nevermind...just scrolled through the photos...

    Nevermind...just scrolled through the photos again and saw you had a 90# pack!!! You are the man!
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    Thanks for sharing, Tipi. Curious what was your...

    Thanks for sharing, Tipi. Curious what was your pack weight on this trip?
  13. I was wondering if anyone was going to mention...

    I was wondering if anyone was going to mention Wired. I tried this a few years back after seeing her post. We were on a section hike in July and a storm came up so fast that I didn't have time to...
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    It's only about 6 miles from Albert Mtn to Rock...

    It's only about 6 miles from Albert Mtn to Rock Gap and that section of the trail is fairly easy to cover in just a few hours. If it were me, I'd go on to Rock Gap. The Deep Gap parking lot is...
  15. Mt Cammerer...although technically it's a lookout...

    Mt Cammerer...although technically it's a lookout and not a fire tower. On my last trip, I had been walking all morning in the fog and decided to chance the trip out to Mt Cammerer. Just as I broke...
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    I follow the Leconte blog and JP does a down and...

    I follow the Leconte blog and JP does a down and back hike like that almost daily from the lodge. If I did Alum or Rainbow or Trillium every day, I get fast at it too!
  17. Do or do not...there is no try.

    Do or do not...there is no try.
  18. Finish the trail in 60 days? Not likely. But...

    Finish the trail in 60 days? Not likely. But you have to ask yourself this: what's my reason for doing this? Is it to see how fast I can do it or have a grand adventure over summer break? If I...
  19. And it is back open now...was closed most of last...

    And it is back open now...was closed most of last year due to downed trees from a tornado.
  20. There is also the Garden of Eden trail just on...

    There is also the Garden of Eden trail just on the north side of Bristol not too far south of Torreya off of Hwy 12. It's less than 4 miles but in some places more rugged than Torreya. The best...
  21. You also have to figure in that you are required...

    You also have to figure in that you are required to stay at the shelters or designated campsites and they aren't spaced evenly on the trail. Agree, 5-6 days to do the 70+ miles is accurate unless...
  22. This is an amazing video. These kids will...

    This is an amazing video. These kids will remember this the rest of their lives and while most other kids had stories of summer vacation spent in front of the TV they were on a grand adventure.
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    Great job. Just bookmarked it. I like it much...

    Great job. Just bookmarked it. I like it much better than sophiaknows.com...much more detailed forecasts.
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    It is closed to vehicle traffic right now but not...

    It is closed to vehicle traffic right now but not to foot traffic. You could hike out to CD and then make excellent time on the road back to NFG.
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    Go to Mountain Crossings' FB page. ...

    Go to Mountain Crossings' FB page. https://www.facebook.com/MountainCrossings. If there were that many thru hikers on the trail already (at least starting from Springer) they would post something...
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