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    The negative perceptions of aging happen most...

    The negative perceptions of aging happen most especially for me when I'm NOT backpacking. I.E. couch potato-itis.
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    https://photos.smugmug.com/Backpack-2020-Trips-202...

    https://photos.smugmug.com/Backpack-2020-Trips-202-/15-Day-Quest-for-Murr-Creek/i-57RCQMX/0/0b6edb57/XL/Trip%20204%20%28240%29-XL.jpg
    State Line Ridge returns me on the BMT to Six Mile Gap and I...
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    https://photos.smugmug.com/Backpack-2020-Trips-202...

    https://photos.smugmug.com/Backpack-2020-Trips-202-/15-Day-Quest-for-Murr-Creek/i-dMJJbhm/0/10172912/XL/Trip%20204%20%28109%29-XL.jpg
    I enter the back trail of Bald River wilderness on Trail 88 and...
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    15 Day Quest for Murr Creek

    Okay boys and girls---I just got back from a 15 day backpacking trip into the Bald River backcountry which is located in the mountains of Tennessee.

    Here are the main trails hiked---
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    It sounds like you may of come down near Indian...

    It sounds like you may of come down near Indian Branch Creek on the North Fork---which often has a homemade log footbridge and ample flat spots (and trash) on a hill above the creek. Way below the...
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    Yes, Trail 149 is bad between Brush Mt jct and...

    Yes, Trail 149 is bad between Brush Mt jct and North Fork Creek on the Citico side. Here's a pic of a part of 149---

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    Otherwise the Citico trails are in pretty good shape---even the...
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    You have two decent options---the Cohutta option...

    You have two decent options---the Cohutta option and the Bald River/Citico/Slickrock option.

    Cohutta---you could start near Watson Gap and use the BMT to head north and take Cohutta side trails...
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    I just got back from a 15 day trip on the thing.

    I just got back from a 15 day trip on the thing.
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    This subject has been exhaustively hashed out...

    This subject has been exhaustively hashed out before---

    https://whiteblaze.net/forum/showthread.php/128243-Filtering-water-is-medically-unnecessary-Slate-Magazine-Article
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    I've had a pony tail and long hair for 95% of my...

    I've had a pony tail and long hair for 95% of my backpacking career and yes it's nice to have clean hair on the trail---any trail.

    The best solution is to go underwater in a creek and wash and...
  11. When you leave Partnership heading south on the...

    When you leave Partnership heading south on the AT in about 6-7 miles you pass over this spring water source---

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    And right past this source is this campsite next to a cattle fence---
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    Beware genuine cork handles!! They will...

    Beware genuine cork handles!! They will disintegrate after a couple years of hard use and are impossible to replace (the cork that is)---Here is my last BD hiking pole---and the upper sheen is some...
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    Their so-called Black Label designation---Kerlon...

    Their so-called Black Label designation---Kerlon 1800 fly with urethane floor etc. And for ULers their Akto comes to mind or better yet their Enan at 2 lbs 10 ozs with 18.3 sq ft of room---same as...
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    Did you see any bicyclists on the Georgia...

    Did you see any bicyclists on the Georgia section? You don't mention it.

    I found this Pinhoti campsite right below Buddy Cove Gap close to FS road ?something or other. 62?? I got swarmed by...
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    I would be most concerned with floor Denier---and...

    I would be most concerned with floor Denier---and it's not listed on your links. My tents all have 100D floors---beefy and long lasting. Fly deniers are 40D---and floor hydrostatic head is...
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    In the old days I used to backpack with a B-flat...

    In the old days I used to backpack with a B-flat clarinet so I could make money playing street music off the trail. Then I retired from the clarinet world and went to soprano recorder.

    To kill...
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    This comes to mind, as always--- ...

    This comes to mind, as always---



    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8W-0KHHdM0o
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    Since the C-word hit I've been sleeping in the...

    Since the C-word hit I've been sleeping in the backyard in a bedroll (cowboy) camp---to keep my Thermarest on-the-ground chops up---and I finally got around to publishing my 27 Etudes for Soprano...
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    2021 Trail Crowding? The AT is not the only...

    2021 Trail Crowding?

    The AT is not the only game in town. If the OP has a big block of time to go backpacking and doesn't want the possible swarm of humanity, he/she can still pull a long...
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    After seeing thousands of backpackers in the TN...

    After seeing thousands of backpackers in the TN and NC mountains in the last 40 years---I've only seen two backpacking hunters in all that time. Just last October I saw these guys out for three days...
  21. All my Thermarests are self inflating---just top...

    All my Thermarests are self inflating---just top them off with a couple puffs of breath. My inflator bag are my lungs. Problem solved.
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    It won't be inflatable long if you don't use a ground cloth under the thing. I prefer a cut to size 10mil tarp---to block sharp stones and thorns etc.
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    Full leather boots all the way for me. And...

    Full leather boots all the way for me. And goretex. And something light with a good lug sole to grab the mud so I don't slide and fall.

    I like keeping my smartwool socks dry 90% of the time...
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    Okay, you buy a pair of well-fitting boots and...

    Okay, you buy a pair of well-fitting boots and they are great for backpacking---and the insoles which come with them are also nice.

    Then you decide to take out the brand insoles and replace with...
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    Before I got into the Hilleberg brand of tents...

    Before I got into the Hilleberg brand of tents all I used were Mt Hardwear tents---(and before that North Face tents).

    I have a whole catalog of Mt HW tents---the Muir Trail, Mt Jet, Light Wedge,...
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