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  1. You'd think for 4 bucks a night they'd have...

    You'd think for 4 bucks a night they'd have housekeeping come by and tidy up each morning.
  2. Actually I posited whether the bear in question...

    Actually I posited whether the bear in question had been a nuisance before not that it was known to have attacked before. Attacking bears don't get a second chance.
  3. True. However they do relocate numerous bears...

    True. However they do relocate numerous bears when they have exhibited nuisance behaviors...and some have made it back to the Smokies and picked up where they left off.
  4. If the bear finds the smell of a chicken infused...

    If the bear finds the smell of a chicken infused shirt appetizing, the same would be true for ones hair, skin and anything else exposed to the scent.
    That being said, the designated campsites in the...
  5. I had some loppers with me the last time I was in...

    I had some loppers with me the last time I was in bear country. About a dozen or so quick lunges and the bear's nails will be well trimmed and harmless. At that point I can trap him with the bugnet...
  6. http://www.wlos.com/news/features/top-stories/stor...

    http://www.wlos.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/bear-attack-victims-father-woke-up-saw-bear-dragging-him-21425.shtml#.VXiqSEYYSfL
  7. I don't think that a bear would notice what style...

    I don't think that a bear would notice what style of bugnet is on a hammock. I don't think I'll be getting a quick release Spectra bugnet in the hopes of thwarting a once every 15 year bear attack.
    ...
  8. One would think that a bugnet would make it more...

    One would think that a bugnet would make it more difficult to get out of a hammock and away as opposed to stopping a bear. I'm pretty sure that a bear paw can slice through nylon or bugnet with...
  9. I think Blackwolf was under the impression that...

    I think Blackwolf was under the impression that you would be hiking from the Tennessee side to get there rather than the shorter NC route.
  10. It's just the old Apple House shelter location. ...

    It's just the old Apple House shelter location. It was torn down due to being too accessible to the local party crowd. It's just a short hike from the AT intersection with 19E. It should have...
  11. There's a pretty decent location on the AT going...

    There's a pretty decent location on the AT going SOBO from 19E. It's close to the highway, but it will have fewer restrictions than the state park. Much better road conditions as well.

    As for me,...
  12. I didn't mean to imply that chains will be a...

    I didn't mean to imply that chains will be a must. However, chains might be a must. Rubber doesn't bite into ice all that well. I've got four wheel drive and all terrain mud+snow tires, but no...
  13. Tomorrow would certainly be a bit on the...

    Tomorrow would certainly be a bit on the challenging side. My guess is that the top might be getting around the negative 20's. With the windchill, it could possibly in around negative 50. Friday does...
  14. Yeah. The problem with this one is that it was...

    Yeah. The problem with this one is that it was mostly ice. That's what knocked out the power in so many places. In the mean time, just wait and see what has ice remaining and what the mix is for...
  15. Welcome back. I'm sure you had fewer mosquitoes...

    Welcome back. I'm sure you had fewer mosquitoes to ward off than me lately.

    I think DOT is busy with the primary roads for now. Knoxville still has close to 20k without power and may get more...
  16. http://www.ncdot.gov/traffictravel/ I believe...

    http://www.ncdot.gov/traffictravel/

    I believe it's the Avery or Yancey County areas that would apply. The current report indicates snow and ice on secondary roads there.

    Temps won't be warm...
  17. You might check with NCDOT beforehand.

    You might check with NCDOT beforehand.
  18. Just wanted to clarify, the 19E will be the...

    Just wanted to clarify, the 19E will be the clearest road of any of the areas mentioned above. If Black Wolf misses a resupply, his next option will be hiking about 17 extra miles to 19E where other...
  19. That's just it. Carvers Gap is the most likely to...

    That's just it. Carvers Gap is the most likely to be cleared. The only other ways to get to RHK are via Hughes Gap, Overmountain or 19E. They can plow the asphalt all they want, but it might not...
  20. You might want a backup on resupply as well. The...

    You might want a backup on resupply as well. The forecast looks like Carvers Gap might not be accessible if it ices up. Just be sure you keep enough in reserve to make it the extra long day to 19E. ...
  21. Glad to hear from you ! The last time I saw you...

    Glad to hear from you ! The last time I saw you at Slickrock, your pack was about 5 pounds.

    Those AT conditions are passable, but daily mileage might be lower with the extra gear weight.
    ...
  22. Wednesday and Thursday look dangerously cold...

    Wednesday and Thursday look dangerously cold along the AT. Lows could be in the negative teens without the windchill and the highs won't offer much of a reprieve . Hopefully he's either toting the...
  23. It's about 90 here right now in Rio. :) That...

    It's about 90 here right now in Rio. :)

    That area gets high winds regularly. I wouldn't imagine more downed trees than usual. If the wind is that high next Friday, you'll want to find shorter...
  24. That's exactly what I meant on mountain forecast...

    That's exactly what I meant on mountain forecast being off. It doesn't have 6000 feet as being much colder than 3000 feet, when there should e about 9 degrees difference. This weekend would be a real...
  25. The windspeeds are about as accurate. I suppose...

    The windspeeds are about as accurate. I suppose the helpful part of RHK is that one can find enough places to hang out of the wind. Just don't pick big trees as that will result in feeling like your...
  26. I wouldn't put much stock in that when packing my...

    I wouldn't put much stock in that when packing my backpack. A quick look shows summits over 6000 around here only being 6 degrees cooler than Knoxville which is less than 900 feet. My experience...
  27. Brutal ? Due to ice, snow depth, wind,ice,...

    Brutal ? Due to ice, snow depth, wind,ice, aggressive bands of pickpocket gypsies?
  28. It looks like we may have a myriad of options...

    It looks like we may have a myriad of options Friday. Some are looking at Hughes Gap to RHK Friday then hiking to 19E on Sunday. Others will be at RHK Thursday and still others just a single night .
  29. Ice, do you think you might be able to provide...

    Ice, do you think you might be able to provide some guidance on snow cover as it gets closer?
  30. I hear ya! Just got back from an Everglades trip...

    I hear ya! Just got back from an Everglades trip and will be getting back from Brazil a few days before Roan. I suppose a good tan (or sunburn) is an important component of any winter backpack. ...
  31. Haven't seen you since the first year Ice. It'll...

    Haven't seen you since the first year Ice. It'll be good to see you again.
  32. I took a weekend and swapped an engine and...

    I took a weekend and swapped an engine and transmission last year.

    Having seen how you drive, I can understand a blown headgasket. :)
  33. I just dropped 900 bucks for some new tires too!...

    I just dropped 900 bucks for some new tires too! Then again, I'll be breaking them in on a drive to the Everglades tonight.
  34. The weather always decides for us.

    The weather always decides for us.
  35. If Friday is the challenge with time, the...

    If Friday is the challenge with time, the Saturday/Sunday option is still there if you can manage.
  36. I'm thinking Roan might be colder tonight. I...

    I'm thinking Roan might be colder tonight. I think it was minus 12 without the windchill. Insert some 50 mph gusts and it probably feels pretty chilly.
    Makes me appreciate my hammock sock!
  37. More than likely, I'd give a 5 mile uphill snow...

    More than likely, I'd give a 5 mile uphill snow hike a few hours to complete (Friday). A start time of about 2:30 to 3:30 would provide enough time to make it by sunset. Saturday would potentially be...
  38. Anyone interested in cranking it up a notch by...

    Anyone interested in cranking it up a notch by hiking in from Hughes Gap rather than Carvers Gap? It sounds like Saturday is off the table for most, but a Stan Murray hike from RHK could be...
  39. Bring Duck tape. Last time we hiked together I...

    Bring Duck tape. Last time we hiked together I had to borrow some.
  40. A hammock sock is a definite plus. They add a...

    A hammock sock is a definite plus. They add a nice bit of dead air around your whole setup. I've tried a couple in temps in the teens and below. I wound up going with one that had bugnetting above my...
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    My hands were too cold to work a zipper. Depends...

    My hands were too cold to work a zipper. Depends probably would have helped!
  42. When considering your gear, be aware that most of...

    When considering your gear, be aware that most of the problems I've seen were outside of a hammock. A slight chill when you first get up and flip to hypothermia in a few minutes. It's actually pretty...
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    The answer is "it depends". It could be 30 or it...

    The answer is "it depends". It could be 30 or it could be minus 20. I believe we have seen 0 before. Speaking from personal irresponsibility, ensuring you are properly hydrated makes a big...
  44. Perhaps we can look forward to another quiet...

    Perhaps we can look forward to another quiet peaceful evening at Overmountain again?
  45. Curse you and your reference to good deals. You...

    Curse you and your reference to good deals. You made me spend 165 bucks that would have otherwise been quite happy burning a hole in my pocket! :lol:

    Seriously, thanks for the heads up. I've been...
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    If one does the whole six wraps and tighten with...

    If one does the whole six wraps and tighten with pliers using a line with a decent bight it should hold. Using a 1" webbing larks head should actually make it more fast. That's why I tend to use zip...
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    Once you whip the ends, it will not slip until...

    Once you whip the ends, it will not slip until you remove the whip. You can play with how many flavors of that as you wish. Just use a zip tie for experimenting, then and actual whip once you have...
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    Rather than a Knotty mod, you might try a W Whip...

    Rather than a Knotty mod, you might try a W Whip on the foot end and a regular whip for the head end. In your case, I would also consider a longer hammock; however you can try the W whip prior and...
  49. Lunch was the usual filling of a ravenous pit at...

    Lunch was the usual filling of a ravenous pit at the end of a hike. The post lunch hikes were pretty good. Poof was able to make that uphill and back on Kanati into a down Thomas Divide and down...
  50. That has yet to be verified. The hike I can...

    That has yet to be verified.
    The hike I can vouch for.
    Thanks Poof!
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