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  1. Hmm… should I dare again?

    Hmm… should I dare again?
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    Trail 205 used to be the trail from 224 to 206...

    Trail 205 used to be the trail from 224 to 206 through Whiteoak Hollow. It was dropped as a maintained trail in the mid nineties. There once was trail marker on 224 about 500 yards from the 208 224...
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    They are allowed on 208 and 224 which are...

    They are allowed on 208 and 224 which are actually not trails in the wilderness but remains of old forest service roads that were not in the original boundaries of the wilderness. When the wilderness...
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    Horses are not allowed in the wilderness either.

    Horses are not allowed in the wilderness either.
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    For what it's worth, overnighting in the Sipsey...

    For what it's worth, overnighting in the Sipsey during hunting season requires a permit obtained at the Bankhead Ranger Station on Hwy 33 north of Double Springs. Of course there isn't anyone to...
  6. WB Traveler, ridge line and ridge line storage,...

    WB Traveler, ridge line and ridge line storage, whoopies (that's how I roll) and tree huggers 10.1 ounces.

    That's not my lightest setup.
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    FYI the trail up Bee Branch to the Big Tree is...

    FYI the trail up Bee Branch to the Big Tree is not maintained because it is not an official trail. There are three other routes to the big tree that are relatively easy.

    Good videos. Thanks for...
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    Nice report. I did the same trip in the opposite...

    Nice report. I did the same trip in the opposite direction three weeks ago. Our thunderstorm came also with hail.
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    I'll be headed out to do the JMT August 5. My...

    I'll be headed out to do the JMT August 5. My setup will consist of a WB Traveler hammock, homemade HUG bugnet, WB Yeti under quilt, GoLite Ultra 20 top quilt, Zpacks cuben tarp, and a Gossamer Gear...
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    Actually it might be more accurate to say that...

    Actually it might be more accurate to say that the PCT uses part of the JMT. The JMT was completed first. The PCT connects to the JMT at Tuolumne Meadows 20 something miles into the JMT.
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    I will be doing the JMT in August with a couple...

    I will be doing the JMT in August with a couple of other hangers. We anticipate no problems.
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    All three of my dogs sleep on a foam pad under...

    All three of my dogs sleep on a foam pad under the hammock. I have insulated vests that they wear in cold weather. I do keep them leashed to my hammock suspension so that I will know if the should...
  13. I did the loop plus this past weekend. Don't...

    I did the loop plus this past weekend. Don't worry about water. There is plenty everywhere. There was water in places thatI have never seen water before. There was even water on the Pinhoti just...
  14. Actually you can hang in the Smokies just not on...

    Actually you can hang in the Smokies just not on the AT. And you are right about the Smokies being easier to secure a permit than a lot of others out west. I tried for six different times to get a...
  15. DD my posts were in NO WAY directed at you. As a...

    DD my posts were in NO WAY directed at you. As a matter of fact I had not even read your posts when I posted and I certainly did not intend to offend you. I did not resort to calling anyone NAMES...
  16. Yep I did it in 1983 and advanced shelter...

    Yep I did it in 1983 and advanced shelter reservations were required and yes you had to stay in the shelter listed on your reservation. Funny how so many are bitching about this as if it was just...
  17. Having to register and only stay at shelters is...

    Having to register and only stay at shelters is nothing new, just the fee is new.
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    I have been to Maine hiking on three different...

    I have been to Maine hiking on three different years, in May, June , and August. I only encountered bugs one time at Eddy Pond below Saddleback. Swarms of them but they did not bite and disappeared...
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    Usually don't use one. Mosquitos don't seem to be...

    Usually don't use one. Mosquitos don't seem to be active after dark and really do not bother me anyway.
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    I very seldom use my net (a HUG). My hammock and...

    I very seldom use my net (a HUG). My hammock and my clothes are treated with permethrin.
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    I would say your best bet would be trail 201 from...

    I would say your best bet would be trail 201 from the Randolf TH. Right now all stream crossings will be slick and muddy banks. Sipsey may be too high to ford at end of 201. Maybe do 202 to river....
  22. Thread: Tornadoes

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    Glad y'all are ok. Reminded me that my first...

    Glad y'all are ok. Reminded me that my first night in a hammock was about 34 years ago... in a tornado.
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    I use whoopies, no need for drip lines for me.

    I use whoopies, no need for drip lines for me.
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    I hang mine at the foot end from the suspension...

    I hang mine at the foot end from the suspension with a mini biner. I then fasten the hip belt up around the hammock and over the ridge line just like fastening on a person. No swaying, no hanging...
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    I found that my hammock was the only way that I...

    I found that my hammock was the only way that I could get a good nights sleep before and after my rotator cuff.
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    Unfortunately I struggled across the balds this...

    Unfortunately I struggled across the balds this past October in what the weather people called gale force winds. By the time I reached Carvers it was just a mild breeze.
  27. I put mine in stuff sack and sleep with them...

    I put mine in stuff sack and sleep with them under my knees. Warm and mostly dry next morning. Never frozen.
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    When I did this trip 2 or 3 years ago I hiked in...

    When I did this trip 2 or 3 years ago I hiked in trail runners with a thin liner sock, a bread bag over them and then a wool hiking sock plus knee high gaiters. This combo worked great. Never had wet...
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    I talked with them a couple of years ago about...

    I talked with them a couple of years ago about the Adventure Racer. They intended it only for adventure races as a throw away item and were disappointed that backpackers were buying them, having them...
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    We'll I think I am going to chicken out. Too old...

    We'll I think I am going to chicken out. Too old and blood is too thin now. Sorry MM, I know that I owe you a dinner. Maybe in a warmer locale.

    MedicineMan

    Roche

    Spamburglar

    FireInMyBones
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    I have always been able to park on the Alabama...

    I have always been able to park on the Alabama side overnight in the TH parking lot. The AL TH and the TN TH are only about two miles apart by road. I have used only one car and hiked to the other TH...
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    Thanks for the good words on our club. The club...

    Thanks for the good words on our club. The club is small but with great members. Trail 210 is maintained by the club. Being a club member is good way to learn the Sipsey. There is so much to see. The...
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    One of the shortest and best (IMHO) routes to Bee...

    One of the shortest and best (IMHO) routes to Bee Branch canyon and the big tree is through Whiteoak Hollow but that involves bushwhacking but not difficult. You can choose to go directly to the Bee...
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    Here are some helpful links. Sipsey weather,...

    Here are some helpful links. Sipsey weather, Sipsey Hiking Club, a PDF map, and a link to ordering the Carto-Craft Sipsey Wilderness map. The Carto-Craft map can be purchased from Alabama Outdoors,...
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    I will be bringing some dehydrated firewood.

    I will be bringing some dehydrated firewood.
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    Yes you were sleeping most of the day while Mac,...

    Yes you were sleeping most of the day while Mac, Mr Dark & I tried to keep a fire going in 40mph winds, actually mostly Mr Dark.
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    It's no big deal. It's so simple a cave man can...

    It's no big deal. It's so simple a cave man can do it.
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    Umm... maybe

    Umm... maybe
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    Ditto.........

    Ditto.........
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    Best I remember, everyone except myself, Mister...

    Best I remember, everyone except myself, Mister Dark, MacEntyre, and MedicineMan took refuge at Bob's Dairyland. :lol:
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    Urine is principally water. It also contains an...

    Urine is principally water. It also contains an assortment of inorganic salts and organic compounds, including proteins, hormones, and a wide range of metabolites, varying by what is introduced into...
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    Hahaha!! I was on RHK in October and I tied...

    Hahaha!!

    I was on RHK in October and I tied ribbons to my sheltered trees.
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    no no no!!!

    no no no!!!
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    +1 and it's sterile.

    +1 and it's sterile.
  45. Welcome from T-Town (Tuscaloosa, AL).

    Welcome from T-Town (Tuscaloosa, AL).
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    2014 Roan High Knob Higher & Colder Hang ...

    2014 Roan High Knob Higher & Colder Hang

    MedicineMan
    Roche
    Spamburglar
    FireInMyBones
    Wlb007
    SouthMark
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    hangnout, the year that I went to the RHK hang,...

    hangnout, the year that I went to the RHK hang, the year it got down to 1.8 with deep snow, I had an old pair of Sierra Designs down booties very similar to the ones in your link and they served me...
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    Woke the next morning up to hail, sleet and gale...

    Woke the next morning up to hail, sleet and gale force winds. Made for some tough going over the balds.
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    We named him "The Belgium". I forgot his real...

    We named him "The Belgium". I forgot his real name.
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    I was hanging there on Oct 22nd. Only one ground...

    I was hanging there on Oct 22nd. Only one ground dweller there.
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