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    BTW, as you look ahead,-- for our 30th...

    BTW, as you look ahead,-- for our 30th Anniversary, my wife and I stayed at Standing Bear Farm just across I-40 in the cabin that literally straddles the branch, then section-hiked 30 miles (actually...
  2. Citico Creek Wilderness in TN at the NC border on...

    Citico Creek Wilderness in TN at the NC border on the Cherohala Skyway has places like that.
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    Have fun in the backwoods and bush! ;)

    Have fun in the backwoods and bush!

    ;)
  4. Say it ain't so, as the word is "affected." ...

    Say it ain't so, as the word is "affected."

    ~wink~

    Looks like interesting stuff!

    I just placed an order. :)
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    I am a side sleeper and do turn during the night....

    I am a side sleeper and do turn during the night. I used to use a sleeping bag, but switched to a TQ.

    I definitely recommend a TQ. A sleeping bag has very little insulation on the bottom (which...
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    I also carry a dogbone but generally use it to...

    I also carry a dogbone but generally use it to hang my pack conveniently. I have used it to extend my tree straps. (I also carry one long and one short tree strap, so rarely have the problem.)
    ...
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    Lots of good info in this thread. I'll risk a...

    Lots of good info in this thread. I'll risk a bit of layman's experience. Seems to me that when it's all that rainy and windy, you're getting a lot of air moisture (humidity) on everything under...
  8. DM, I'm with you 100%. I've almost quit...

    DM, I'm with you 100%. I've almost quit following most "deal" threads as so many leave out CRITICAL details, which make them nothing more than frustrating wastes of time.

    My opinion is that some...
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    I've got to agree! Some folks dig their hole...

    I've got to agree! Some folks dig their hole deeper and/or just compound their original mistake by doubling-down on it, especially on the Internet. Others, show a different character and are quick...
  10. Sometimes the best decision about going...

    Sometimes the best decision about going hiking/camping/kayaking is not to go. Overcoming all the momentum that builds up can be a hard, even brave decision.

    I just read about a woman dying last...
  11. Sometimes the best decision about going...

    Sometimes the best decision about going hiking/camping/kayaking is not to go. Overcoming all the momentum that builds up can be a hard, even brave decision.

    I just read about a woman dying last...
  12. The weather won't stop me from coming down...

    The weather won't stop me from coming down Saturday, but the road conditions might. If authorities ask everyone to stay off the roads, I'll probably comply.

    Otherwise, ... see you Saturday!
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  13. I love good ol homemade mac and cheese,...

    I love good ol homemade mac and cheese, especially if it has a browned crust on top!
  14. It's a good thing HF doesn't have the same User...

    It's a good thing HF doesn't have the same User Agreement as WB, which forbids discussions of how to commit illegal acts and get away with it.
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    That's the very reason they exist, to take slack...

    That's the very reason they exist, to take slack out of an UQ and get rid of cold spots.
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    Keep that up and you may not be able to hold your...

    Keep that up and you may not be able to hold your own here among the more passionate hangers! LOL

    Welcome, from Nashville. I just hiked near you in the past couple of years, doing the AT through...
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    Nope. UQ first would be my vote, since I've gone...

    Nope. UQ first would be my vote, since I've gone through your evolutionary process myself.
  18. Thread: Hi from PA

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    Welcome from Nashville. I hiked the AT thru PA...

    Welcome from Nashville. I hiked the AT thru PA in '12 & '13.

    Rain Man
  19. Well, this weekend is the annual Nashville dinner...

    Well, this weekend is the annual Nashville dinner for AT enthusiasts. I have about two dozen hikers signed up across the three sites where I posted the invite, from several states.

    The...
  20. WOW... what a nice video! I thank you! I'm...

    WOW... what a nice video! I thank you! I'm hoping to hike in the Slick Rock some time and it was great to actually see some of it.

    Rain Man
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    Hello and welcome from middle Tennessee! I was...

    Hello and welcome from middle Tennessee! I was just up your way last summer, hiking the AT from NJ to Bear Mtn SP/Hudson River. Am returning in June to finish off NY and get into CT. I hung the...
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    Welcome, from Nashville!

    Welcome, from Nashville!
  23. I have a Flight Jacket, I think 55" wide. No way...

    I have a Flight Jacket, I think 55" wide. No way that 47" would work for me. Same for no footbox; it just wouldn't work for me. You mileage may vary, of course.

    I also agree that the Flight...
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    Might these two be the culprits in question?! ...

    Might these two be the culprits in question?! LOL

    Here are links to my FHT hikes, should anyone wish to see photos.

    July 2011 Hike, Oconee SP to foot of Sassafras Mtn.

    September 2011...
  25. WOW! Congrats! It's nice to have some science...

    WOW! Congrats! It's nice to have some science once in a while. Mostly it's just us HF amateurs talking to each other, with liberal doses of opinion and old wives tales. LOL

    Rain Man

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  26. Baked Alaska! tee hee

    Baked Alaska!

    tee hee
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    Do not underestimate how hot and humid it can be...

    Do not underestimate how hot and humid it can be on the Foothills Trail in late summer or even early fall. I had to cut short a planned thru-hike and had to go back the next year to finish. I...
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    Sorry if this has been asked and answered, but is...

    Sorry if this has been asked and answered, but is there a blaze orange version?
  29. If you learn how to tan the hide that's left, ......

    If you learn how to tan the hide that's left, ... perhaps fur-lined camp booties?!

    :)
  30. Thread: New KY Hanger

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    Beautiful vistas right over in the Big South Fork...

    Beautiful vistas right over in the Big South Fork NRRA on the KY/TN border. Lots of overlooks from the rim of the gorges there.

    Welcome to the madness from Nashville, Tennessee. If interested,...
  31. Thread: hey everyone

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    Yep, you've got the bug, based on that photo! ...

    Yep, you've got the bug, based on that photo! LOL Welcome to the madness.

    RM
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    Welcome from Nashville! You've come to the right...

    Welcome from Nashville! You've come to the right place. :)



    Lived in Oak Ridge for 3 years back in the '70s and gotta agree with this statement!

    Rain Man
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    Try without all the layers of clothing. Might...

    Try without all the layers of clothing. Might seem counter-intuitive, but wearing lots of clothes to sleep can make you colder, not warmer. Some folks swear by sleeping nude. I sleep in long johns...
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    Hello from up the road in Nashville, Tennessee. ...

    Hello from up the road in Nashville, Tennessee. Welcome! You've come to the right place.

    Rain Man
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    http://www.nps.gov/biso/planyourvisit/popular-over...

    http://www.nps.gov/biso/planyourvisit/popular-overnight-hiking-trails.htm

    I've led several over-night hikes in and through the Big South Fork and posted photo albums/trip reports for each on...
  36. Bread, soup, salad, and peach cobbler!!! What...

    Bread, soup, salad, and peach cobbler!!! What more could one reasonably ask for?!!! LOL

    Rain Man
  37. Wow, I used a pad for several years and had the...

    Wow, I used a pad for several years and had the exact opposite experience. Every time I turned, the pad turned too and I had to fidget to get it aligned diagonally and back under me, and even then...
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    Agreed.

    Agreed.
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    Welcome from Nashville, Tennessee. I've got...

    Welcome from Nashville, Tennessee. I've got three daughters too and really enjoy when I get to hike with them, though they are now a tad older than yours.

    Rain Man
  40. As requested, I'll bring Caesar salad! Based on...

    As requested, I'll bring Caesar salad! Based on the number of folks expected each time, I bring either 4 or 6 bags of the "Deluxe" kind, with the fancy fixin's. Often, I split 'em half "lite" and...
  41. A month? Y'all could hike from Springer Mtn to...

    A month? Y'all could hike from Springer Mtn to Damascus, VA. At least, many AT hikers do.

    My coldest night on the AT was in NC in July, so don't think it'll be all hot at altitude in the...
  42. Thread: No-sew PLUQ

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    I just recently made a PLUQ (from one of those...

    I just recently made a PLUQ (from one of those "thin, used" ones the GIs cast off). Not sure what you mean by can't find shock cord long enough. Many stores sell it cheap by the foot, so I simply...
  43. Welcome from Nashville! And THANKS for the pics...

    Welcome from Nashville! And THANKS for the pics from Laurel Snow Falls. I've done almost all of the Cumberland Trail and have been wanting to check that hike off my To Do list, so it's nice to...
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    Welcome from Nashville, Tennessee! You PA guys...

    Welcome from Nashville, Tennessee! You PA guys are popping up the last day or two! Enjoy the good company here.

    Rain Man

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  45. Thread: Intro from PA

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    Welcome from Nashville, Tennessee! I'm not from...

    Welcome from Nashville, Tennessee! I'm not from PA, but did just hike the AT through there in two sections in the past couple of years. Does that count? LOL

    Enjoy hanging in the air!

    Rain...
  46. Neo, as things stand now, I'm hoping to make this...

    Neo, as things stand now, I'm hoping to make this hang, for Saturday night. What would you like for me to bring for the meal?!

    By the way, the title says it's in North Carolina. Might want to...
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    Same here. Work brought me to Nashville about 29...

    Same here. Work brought me to Nashville about 29 years ago. I just hiked through Pennsylvania on the AT year before last or so. Oh those rocks!

    You've come to a great site and a great...
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    Oh man, you are making me so jealous! My last...

    Oh man, you are making me so jealous! My last night on the Appalachian Trail up that way was hanging at Speck Pond the last night of a two-week trip, before hiking out the next day at Grafton Notch...
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    Welcome from a native Sandlapper, living now for...

    Welcome from a native Sandlapper, living now for many years in Tennessee, but visit often.

    Rain Man
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    If memory serves, it's not the strength of the...

    If memory serves, it's not the strength of the sewing thread, but the friction of the fabric against fabric that yields the strength of attachment/bonding.

    As a somewhat related example, I've hung...
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