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    Two important negatories for umbrella use in the...

    Two important negatories for umbrella use in the Southeast. The AT is not called The Green Tunnel without reason---you'll be ducking and dipping and scooting under rhodo and briars and everything...
  2. A typical backpacking poncho gets HOT...

    A typical backpacking poncho gets HOT too---because your pack's harness system encapsulates the thing tight to your torso just like a rain jacket. And there's usually so much extra fabric with a...
  3. I would avoid cork at all costs as I'm on my...

    I would avoid cork at all costs as I'm on my fourth black diamond alpine cork pole and this inevitably happens over time---

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    A better option would be to get something with a hard rubber...
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    In my opinion the internet has replaced your...

    In my opinion the internet has replaced your local library and/or bookstore and has become a vast library of information for anyone with online access. Therefore I can bookmark a wide variety of...
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    I'll stick with burnable paper.

    I'll stick with burnable paper.
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    I think you're talking about Thunder Rock...

    I think you're talking about Thunder Rock Campground on Ocoee River where the BMT comes thru.

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    Here's the parking area for hikers.

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    I left my car here for 11 days once so...
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    "Book Rolls" are simply home-printed reading...

    "Book Rolls" are simply home-printed reading material gathered from the internet and copied on typing paper from a printer on both sides of the paper and rolled up and secured with rubber bands. And...
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    The main purpose of my trips is to not cover...

    The main purpose of my trips is to not cover tremendous miles on a linear long trail but to stay out as long as possible without resupply and explore one geographical area on intricate loops.
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    Shining Rock used to be one of my old backpacking...

    Shining Rock used to be one of my old backpacking haunts back in the early 1980s---but I haven't done a trip in there for many years.

    Patman here on WB goes there regularly and has alot of info.
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    I really like tent-living especially during bad...

    I really like tent-living especially during bad storms so it's not hard for me to pull zero days.
    ** Listen to radio.
    ** Read books (and later burn books).
    ** Look at my camera trip pics.
    ** ...
  11. Backpacking the AT in January/February changes...

    Backpacking the AT in January/February changes and answers the "Is It Wilderness?" question. The AT often runs along high mountain ridges where temps can commonly reach 0F or below---and with...
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    What's your biggest food load for a backpacking...

    What's your biggest food load for a backpacking trip without resupply? 10 Days? 18 Days? 24 Days?
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    Thanks for the comment. Most of these types...

    Thanks for the comment. Most of these types don't have a lot to say, ironically.
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    I did get to talk to Chadd in camp for a long...

    I did get to talk to Chadd in camp for a long while and he was teaching his group how to make a fire using a flint rod etc. He brought cotton balls soaked in vaseline the old standby for kindling. ...
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    Thanks for the positive input. No arms...

    Thanks for the positive input.



    No arms involved in my on-pack procedure---I just sit down, put on the shoulder straps and tighten then shift the load up on a half-way squat and Step 3 is...
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    What? No interest in a 21 day winter trip with no...

    What? No interest in a 21 day winter trip with no resupply? Not inquisitive about Southeast trails and the mountains of TN or NC?

    And yes, a 100 lb pack is a beast on occasion---

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    47554 I spend my last rainy night in Grassy Gap...

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    I spend my last rainy night in Grassy Gap and on Day 21 leave the gap and roadwalk several miles past Flats Mt to Lake View Overlook where I wait for Little Mitten to pick me up and end the...
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    47547 North Fork trail connects me to Trail 149...

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    North Fork trail connects me to Trail 149 which I take to Cold Spring Gap and camp. Here I am on 149 by the Brush Mt trail jct and trailpost.

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    As I camped in Cold Gap I run into my...
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    47540 On Day 11 it's time to say goodbye to...

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    On Day 11 it's time to say goodbye to everyone so I get a pic with John Quillen and we hike out together to Bob Tee where he goes south and I go north.

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    Here I am with Bert Wildcat...
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    47533 I reach Bob Bald and set up east of the...

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    I reach Bob Bald and set up east of the fir tree grove and meet Chris Phillips on right who I haven't seen in 10 years.

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    Here's a pic of Chris when I saw him in 2011 in the old in...
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    47526 On Day 4 I leave Naked Ground Gap and go...

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    On Day 4 I leave Naked Ground Gap and go down Naked Ground trail in a light rain and eyeball pretty Little Santeetlah Creek in a valley that's never been logged by humans.

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    As I...
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    21 Days with 70 Backpackers

    I get back from a Feb/March 2021 backpacking trip into the NC and TN mountains---where I see over 70 backpackers including three main groups.

    The trails I backpacked---

    Seven Mile Ridge (Beech...
  23. Just watched your Slickrock vid and recognized so...

    Just watched your Slickrock vid and recognized so many places.

    2:00 South Lead's Cave.
    2:40 Favorite reststop on ridge finger.
    4:05 Hangover Mt clearcut which happened in 2007.
    7:00 I call...
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    That pic is of Little Mitten and by gosh she's...

    That pic is of Little Mitten and by gosh she's wearing a hood.

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  25. Thanks for sharing this pic of chairs and/or...

    Thanks for sharing this pic of chairs and/or discarded chairs. It reminds me of my experiences---

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    Saw this one on Doublecamp Creek which somebody hauled out and left.

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    Found this...
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