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  1. It's a unit of the National Park System.

    It's a unit of the National Park System.
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    I would put March on that list too. Remember the...

    I would put March on that list too. Remember the Blizzard of '93? Happened on March 12-13. What's amazing is how cold the ambient temps can be and how rain continues to fall as rain and not snow....
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    This reminds me of Mike Gourley who's an avid...

    This reminds me of Mike Gourley who's an avid dayhiker in the Smokies and one time got terribly lost on a trail near Cades Cove and wrote up a blog entry of the experience---Bewildered and...
  4. 98% of the 11 million Park visitors are in cars...

    98% of the 11 million Park visitors are in cars rolling thru the park or dayhiking---where there is not an entrance fee for autos or a permit or fee for dayhikers. All the rules I mentioned for the...
  5. Since the AT is a National Park, why not do what...

    Since the AT is a National Park, why not do what they do in the Smokies?

    #1---get every AT backpacker and/or thruhiker to pay $4 per night while on the trail.
    #2---set up an extensive list...
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    I have a few questions--- ** Is the trail...

    I have a few questions---

    ** Is the trail from the AT to Hike Inn on a gated service road to the Inn or is it on an actual foot trail??

    ** The initial pack that was found on Sunday---was it...
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    If your main pack is woefully too small you can...

    If your main pack is woefully too small you can carry an extra pack and/or daypack---and I've done it several times in the old days. But I never strapped the extra on my chest and instead strapped...
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    On casual glance it looks like a regular old...

    On casual glance it looks like a regular old daypack for extra gear. The Aarn system is very different---here's Medicine Man with the pack---see pic---the front aarn packs attach to the back pack's...
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    Obviously there's a drivable road to Hike Inn as...

    Obviously there's a drivable road to Hike Inn as shown on this map---although it must be closed except for construction and crew and resupplies etc.

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    The entire area looks like a big place...
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    Facts are all over the map but if they found his...

    Facts are all over the map but if they found his stuff by Hike Inn couldn't he have gotten into a vehicle and is long gone?? As I assume the Inn is on a road.
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    Reminds me of a quote from 1983 AT thruhiker...

    Reminds me of a quote from 1983 AT thruhiker George Steffanos---The The Hail Came---his journal of the hike.

    He mentions he's losing weight every day on the trail and says by the time he hits...
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    A couple possible scenarios--- ** Went off the...

    A couple possible scenarios---
    ** Went off the trail to expel waste, similar to G. Largay except she took her pack.
    ** Dumped his pack to pull a water run down to a spring.

    Both might...
  13. My thoughts too. "Complete nonsense" about sums...

    My thoughts too. "Complete nonsense" about sums it up. Like with trash, I worry more about human turds dropped on the ground with a big wad of toilet paper and the idiot is no where to be found.
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  14. The canister recommendation for the AT seems to...

    The canister recommendation for the AT seems to be wild overreach by the tent police. I'd like to see the statistics for bear maulings or killings of hikers on the AT for the last---say--- 50 years....
  15. Once discovered the bruins will roll a canister...

    Once discovered the bruins will roll a canister wherever they want. I had two Bearvaults set up in a cache and Mr Bear found it and swatted the things a couple hundred feet off the hill and did some...
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    I've been using butt heavy packs for the last 40...

    I've been using butt heavy packs for the last 40 years so I'm in one LONG divorce proceeding with Miss Nature except we'll never really separate. And what's amazing is she lets me sleep with her...
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    On my last trip I was in eyeshot of Gregory Bald...

    On my last trip I was in eyeshot of Gregory Bald and Mt LeConte in the Smokies and really needed my microspikes on the BMT coming off a 5,000 foot mountain down to a gap at 3,000 feet. I carried...
  18. Totally agree as I'm trying to imagine how I'd...

    Totally agree as I'm trying to imagine how I'd get 21 or 24 days worth of backpacking food into what? Four canisters? And where would I put all of these canisters? On a llama??

    And if we get...
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    Excellent reply since I totally agree.

    Excellent reply since I totally agree.
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    MORE LO TECH Go without a smartphone.

    MORE LO TECH

    Go without a smartphone.
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    I use the same pack for whatever "mission" I'm...

    I use the same pack for whatever "mission" I'm performing. Whether it's a weekend trip or a 24 day trip---the pack is the same because a near empty 7,000 cubic inch pack rides beautifully and feels...
  22. It's funny to read about "resource protection" of...

    It's funny to read about "resource protection" of black bears on the AT by using canisters and yet in TN bear hunters killed 760 black bears in 2018 and in my county of Monroe which contains Citico...
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    Yeah, I remember that Low Gap windstorm in Big...

    Yeah, I remember that Low Gap windstorm in Big Frog. It was October 2015 and things got crazy. And amazing because you were in a minimal Hilleberg tarp---
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    What does it look like?? It looks like...

    What does it look like??



    It looks like we've all gotten our butts handed to us up there---I know I have---
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    Unless I'm crazy I don't think the OP mentioned...

    Unless I'm crazy I don't think the OP mentioned wanting steel toed boots. Asolo makes many of their boots in Wide---both fabric and full leather.

    Some of Zamberlan boots are made in Wide but they...
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