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    Hopefully we'll get a little rain soon, although...

    Hopefully we'll get a little rain soon, although with no rain the Jacks is easily crossed. Where are you starting your loop? Dally Gap??
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    I know there's been a big push by the bicycle...

    I know there's been a big push by the bicycle lobby to open up wilderness areas to rolling traffic---so the concern.
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    They had alot to say about their intentions---and...

    They had alot to say about their intentions---and wanted to "map" out the NF trail and see if there were any erosion issues etc. They tabulated percent trail grade, length with the wheel, if...
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    https://photos.smugmug.com/Backpack-2019-Trips-195...

    https://photos.smugmug.com/Backpack-2019-Trips-195-/21-Days-in-a-Pit-Viper-Furnace/i-xGKL7BN/0/c5e42cc5/XL/Trip%20199%20%28319%29-XL.jpg
    The last day of my trip and the McHale pack is about 30...
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    https://photos.smugmug.com/Backpack-2019-Trips-195...

    https://photos.smugmug.com/Backpack-2019-Trips-195-/21-Days-in-a-Pit-Viper-Furnace/i-zfkvCSH/0/58c41e43/XL/Trip%20199%20%28253%29-XL.jpg
    What's the Rarest Mammal in the Southeast Wilderness???? A...
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    https://photos.smugmug.com/Backpack-2019-Trips-195...

    https://photos.smugmug.com/Backpack-2019-Trips-195-/21-Days-in-a-Pit-Viper-Furnace/i-q886D28/0/2232989c/XL/Trip%20199%20%28166%29-XL.jpg
    I cross SF Creek several times and set up camp near the Brush...
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    https://photos.smugmug.com/Backpack-2019-Trips-195...

    https://photos.smugmug.com/Backpack-2019-Trips-195-/21-Days-in-a-Pit-Viper-Furnace/i-H9Z8b3z/0/369f568a/XL/Trip%20199%20%2867%29-XL.jpg
    On Day 6 I leave my camp and dayhike the Ranger kids down the...
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    21 Days in a Pit Viper Furnace

    I'm in vacation mode on this trip which means the goal is to camp by wilderness creeks for as long as possible and to have as many easy days of hiking as I want.

    The trip takes place in Citico...
  9. 40 years ago I started going to the woods because...

    40 years ago I started going to the woods because of my anxiety. It's a peaceful, solitary and healing place for some people---despite the rattleheads and coppermouths.

    And yes, I just got back...
  10. Pisgah yellow jackets are meaner and bigger than...

    Pisgah yellow jackets are meaner and bigger than the yellow jackets we have down here in the Citico/Slickrock and Big Frog/Cohutta and Bald River/Upper Bald wilderness. I've lost count of the times...
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    I would need 4 BearVaults if I had to package a...

    I would need 4 BearVaults if I had to package a trip's food load in them but thankfully every place I go backpacking does not require canisters.

    When my two BVs got "attacked" they were being...
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    If I had it to do over again I'd go with a Wild...

    If I had it to do over again I'd go with a Wild Ideas Bearikade and forego the BearVault experience. After you open and close the BearVault a thousand times a month you'll see why. The BV lid tends...
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    The MST is a 700+ mile trail and much of it is...

    The MST is a 700+ mile trail and much of it is road walking and/or passing thru major sprawl areas like the city of Greensboro. You're not real clear on what sections you are talking about. In the...
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    "Going out with family and friends" is the crux. ...

    "Going out with family and friends" is the crux. On the one hand such trips are short and never in the 15 to 24 day range so the pack can be lighter. OTOH if Little Mitten goes out with me I carry...
  15. I think Stephen Ambrose in his Lewis and Clark...

    I think Stephen Ambrose in his Lewis and Clark book mentions them having to eat 9 lbs of meat per person per day. Wow.
  16. River crossings are usually dangerous and tough. ...

    River crossings are usually dangerous and tough. (Most especially when wearing a heavy backpack).

    Isn't drowning the main cause of death in the wilderness??
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    I lived in silnylon tents for the last 15 years...

    I lived in silnylon tents for the last 15 years and yes they do wear out. First off, old silicone coated tent flies seem to get little "chew" holes on occasion which require patching with McNett's...
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    The Only Gear you have to Fear is Gear Itself.

    The Only Gear you have to Fear is Gear Itself.
  19. 45471 Of course Hurricane shelter has water and...

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    Of course Hurricane shelter has water and then if you go beyond (south) on the AT you reach the top of the ridge with plenty of flat spots---just have to haul your water.

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    Here's the...
  20. I just finished reading my trail journals for the...

    I just finished reading my trail journals for the two trips I did in that area and on the section of the AT from the NRA on Hiway 16 south to Mt Rogers---and back again---for a total of 4 treks. ...
  21. I blame Yellowstone and the Park Service for...

    I blame Yellowstone and the Park Service for allowing easy rolling access to dayhiking tourists. I.e.---too many roads and too much "industrial tourism".

    Now the Park cops will probably---most...
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    I don't think too much about Olive Oil and its...

    I don't think too much about Olive Oil and its calories or weight or whatever else---I just carry the stuff---and as much of it as I can.

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    Thanks for the input. A guy with a Del Gue...

    Thanks for the input. A guy with a Del Gue signature is my hero. Which brings up this: Should I get out of the mountains for awhile and parlay with city folk?? Naw, I've been to a town, Del.
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    We used to eat chunks of guava paste in Bogota,...

    We used to eat chunks of guava paste in Bogota, Colombia when I was TDY with the USAF back in 1972.

    If I was gonna process alot of it for backpacking I'd put it in a blender and add sufficient...
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    I do ALOT of backpacking trips in the 18 to 24...

    I do ALOT of backpacking trips in the 18 to 24 day range---without resupply---and in fact I just pulled two 24 day trips back to back.

    My food weight alone for each of these trips was around 50...
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