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  1. Good suggestion. I'm hoping to avoid established...

    Good suggestion. I'm hoping to avoid established campgrounds, but we may be forced to stay at one if everyone isn't willing to hike-in.
  2. Cool Place to Hang in Southeast with Swimming?

    Greetings, all.

    I'm looking for a cool place to hang somewhere in the southeast US, preferably in the Carolinas, N GA, or Tn. I have a ton of locations I know of that are backpacking friendly,...
  3. John Rock, Looking Glass, and Graveyard Fields...

    John Rock, Looking Glass, and Graveyard Fields areas are all really nice, but you can't beat the views along the Art Loeb trail. You make a nice 10ish mile loop by taking AL from Black Balsam to...
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    Wow. I just bought one of these, and I was...

    Wow. I just bought one of these, and I was considering selling it. Maybe I should hold onto it if it becomes a retired item!
  5. FHT: Upper Whitewater Falls to Choehee Road

    April 22-24, 2016
    Foothills Trail: Upper Whitewater Falls to Choehee Road
    Total Miles: 22.3

    The powers that be did NOT want me to go on this trip. First, I got sick five days before we were...
  6. I just got back from there last week. You can...

    I just got back from there last week. You can make a 20.3 mile "loop" that only overlaps itself for 3.8 of those miles by starting in the middle of the PMT at Mollyhugger Hill parking lot at the...
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    FS/FT: Quilt SOLD.

    Quilt SOLD.
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    FS/FT: Sold pending funds to Betweentwotrees.

    Sold pending funds to Betweentwotrees.
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    Also, you have to know your own body and how you...

    Also, you have to know your own body and how you sleep. If you are a hot sleeper, then maybe snaps would work well to extend the temps you can use your quilt. I'd personally much rather err on the...
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    I agree that under 20 degrees should always use...

    I agree that under 20 degrees should always use sewn because it's just so much less likely to leak heat. At 40 degrees, you have an option, but I personally would still go sewn. I would only get...
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    FS/FT: I have taken some additional photos of the draft...

    I have taken some additional photos of the draft collars and stuff sack. Quilt weights are as follows:
    Quilt: 740g (26.1oz)
    Stuff sack: 20g (0.7oz)
    Combined: 760g (26.8oz)

    125622 125623 ...
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    FS/FT: Good questions. I will take some additional pics...

    Good questions. I will take some additional pics of the draft collars when I get home. I can also weigh it at that time. It's really amazing how huge a difference those collars make. I went from...
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    FS/FT: HG Incubator 0 Degree Standard

    Winter Incubator Underquilt
    I'm selling my 0 degree winter Incubator from Hammock Gear. Always stored loosely hanging in my gear closet. No pets, no smokers. Originally purchased back in 2011...
  14. Beer covers a multitude of problems. Thanks for...

    Beer covers a multitude of problems. Thanks for the kind words.


    A few weeks back, I ran into a girl at Standing Indian who was on day 10 up from Amicalola and about to hit the 100 mile marker. ...
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    Thanks for the kind words. I think this was my...

    Thanks for the kind words. I think this was my first time hiking anything over a mile or two on the AT, so we have that in common. What a place to start!
  16. AT Leg #1: Woody Gap to Amicalola Falls SP

    August 28-30: 29.6 miles
    My friends Catherine, Jeff, and I hiked the first leg of the AT a few weeks back. We are planning to cover the entire trail up to at least the GSMNP over the course of...
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    It can be done. There is good camping at or near...

    It can be done. There is good camping at or near the Carter Gap Shelter, which would split your mileage into 12.6 and 11.7 miles if you hike counterclockwise like I did. I'm not sure which...
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    I wouldn't even consider getting anything other...

    I wouldn't even consider getting anything other than sewn for a quilt rated 20 degrees or colder. If it's that temperature out, then you want the added comfort and better insulation provided by sewn...
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    Not crowded at all. We only saw a few people...

    Not crowded at all. We only saw a few people spread out over the course of three days. There was a small group of day hikers on top of Albert Mountain, but they had all climbed 0.2 miles up from...
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    Thanks everyone for the kind words.

    Thanks everyone for the kind words.
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    Standing Indian Mountain Loop, 2015

    August 7-9: 24.3 miles

    My friend Mark and I hiked the Standing Indian Loop this past weekend in NW NC. Weather was gorgeous with highs in the low 80s and overnight lows in the high 50s. It...
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    When I get back from my hike of this loop next...

    When I get back from my hike of this loop next week, I'll be sure to post a trip review. We're planning to camp at Betty Creek Gap and either SI summit or SI Shelter.
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    The Standing Indian Loop is supposed to be really...

    The Standing Indian Loop is supposed to be really nice. I'm planning a trip up there for July 4th. The loop can be anywhere from 20-30 miles depending on which connector trails you choose. It's...
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    Thanks for the replies. We're looking to do it...

    Thanks for the replies. We're looking to do it in 3 days and keep each day under 12 miles, so it looks like we will go clockwise since the campsites appear to line up better. We should be able to...
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    Do you recommend hiking clockwise or...

    Do you recommend hiking clockwise or counterclockwise? Different reports claim both ways are better. We plan to use Long Branch and Kimsey Creek Trails to complete the 24.3 mile loop, and we're...
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    Thanks for the advice. I will definitely put...

    Thanks for the advice. I will definitely put this on my list. I know of three shelter areas on this loop plus established campsites at Betty Creek Gap, Beech Gap, and Standing Indian summit. Can...
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    Looking for a GA/SC/NC Hike!

    Hey everyone,

    I've got a few friends who are interested in backpacking. I got them to join me on a relatively short (18ish miles) trip last weekend, and now they are looking for more! Does...
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    Thanks for the reply! That's a good idea. ...

    Thanks for the reply!

    That's a good idea. I've been camping there a dozen times at one of the many sites between BF and Ellicott, but I've never been to the actual campground. Is that a place...
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    Looking for New Location in SC/NC/GA

    I had a group of friends all set to go camping at the location of the John Rock hang off Cat Gap Loop. We have a few backpackers in the group, but there are also several car campers who are bent on...
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    That's a good point. The Chattooga River Trail...

    That's a good point. The Chattooga River Trail is far kinder with respect to elevation change. The first few miles south of highway 28 are particularly level. Don't let the trail name fool you...
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    I've hiked the FHT from Upper Whitewater Falls to...

    I've hiked the FHT from Upper Whitewater Falls to Laurel Valley (trip report here https://www.hammockforums.net/forum/showthread.php/94864-Foothills-Trail-Hike-June-2014?highlight=foothills+trail). ...
  32. This is absolutely true, although some of those...

    This is absolutely true, although some of those trails are not for the feint of heart. They don't believe in switchbacks or bridges in the Cohutta!

    Speaking as a GA hanger, I would have no...
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    I weigh over 200 lb, so I don't think I could use...

    I weigh over 200 lb, so I don't think I could use a canister as a stool, but a small table might be nice.

    I always hang my bag via the PCT method, which I believe is harder for bears to crack. I...
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    I don't know if you've ever hiked in the Cohutta...

    I don't know if you've ever hiked in the Cohutta Wilderness, but it also subscribes to that same theory of "switchbacks are for wusses." It even extended the theory to include bridges!



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    I don't currently have a bear canister, and I...

    I don't currently have a bear canister, and I hesitate to buy one if I won't use it much. I guess I need to research where else on the AT it is required (I know GSMNP for one).

    I am about a 10-15...
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    Thanks, guys. This is exactly what I was hoping...

    Thanks, guys. This is exactly what I was hoping for. I have the Foothills Trail guidebook, but I have yet to select one for the AT.
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    AT vs. Foothills Trail?

    I'm planning to begin section-hiking the AT from GA to NC with a push goal of completing the TN and VA sections. I'll be starting with the segment from Springer to either Neel's Gap or Unicoi Gap. ...
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    I would be interested depending on time/location....

    I would be interested depending on time/location. I've been to Burrell's Ford at least a half dozen times. Never been to Raven's Cliff.
  39. Thread: Labor Day hike

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    Hmm, I was planning to try out the Pine Mountain...

    Hmm, I was planning to try out the Pine Mountain Trail in FDR St. Park over LDW, but I will consider this. I'm no up for a mountain goat pace or anything. I was planning a nice leisure trip.
  40. Thread: Columbia SC

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    I grew up in Columbia. It is either a very big...

    I grew up in Columbia. It is either a very big small city or a very small big city, depending on your philosophical bend. I'd recommend it as a nice place to live.

    The pros:
    -Many big city...
  41. Looks like fun!. How long did it take you guys...

    Looks like fun!. How long did it take you guys to paddle over from Devil's Fork? I'm considering doing the same at some point this fall. Did you have the wind with you or against you?
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    I was just there a few weeks back. Check out my...

    I was just there a few weeks back. Check out my report here (https://www.hammockforums.net/forum/showthread.php?94864-Foothills-Trail-Hike-June-2014).

    Anyway, there is a single site along the...
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    FireInMyBones was apparently there just a half...

    FireInMyBones was apparently there just a half day or so earlier than we were. His trip report is here, and he actually got some footage of the swim and the rock jump into the lake.
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  44. And for me as well. I will definitely be...

    And for me as well. I will definitely be visiting that place again! I think you could easily budget half a day or more for swimming/jumping in the lake there.
  45. I camped at that exact same site on June 14th...

    I camped at that exact same site on June 14th after making that same swim and jumping off that same rock. We didn't get there until the afternoon, so we may have only missed each other by a matter...
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    Thanks, all. I forgot to throw a huge shout...

    Thanks, all.

    I forgot to throw a huge shout out to FIMB for giving me some input on likely camping spots and parking arrangements before the trip started. Having now hiked that section, I fully...
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    Foothills Trail Hike - June, 2014

    Started: Upper Whitewater Falls
    Finished: Laurel Valley Access off Horsepasture Road

    Day 1: 8.6 miles to Bearcamp Creek
    My buddy Jeff and I staged a car at Laurel Valley and then drove over...
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    Welcome from Conyers, GA. The Pine Mountain...

    Welcome from Conyers, GA.

    The Pine Mountain Trail in FDR St Park is beautiful, nearby and contains a nice trail system for hiking and camping.
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    Welcome. I remember the sense of...

    Welcome. I remember the sense of excitement/overwhelming that came with first discovering this world.

    The best way to actually see a bunch of different setups in person is to attend a group hang...
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    Black Balsam area is about the highest elevation...

    Black Balsam area is about the highest elevation where you can approximate car camping. There is a parking lot about a mile off the parkway and trails that branch out in all directions. Some of...
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