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  1. Glad you all got down here to the Smokies. I...

    Glad you all got down here to the Smokies. I remember you were thinking about Snake Den and Maddron Bald--another case of upper elevations. I agree, it was not a failure but a good adjustment to...
  2. Another fine effort on the trail and behind the...

    Another fine effort on the trail and behind the camera. Thanks for taking us along and letting us learn with you.
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    Looks like you and Grapenut had a good time out...

    Looks like you and Grapenut had a good time out there. Thanks for the video and the food suggestions.
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    If you are thinking about looping up Snake Den...

    If you are thinking about looping up Snake Den Ridge Trail with that loop, know that it is pretty steep and gains a good bit of elevation--strong possibility of snowy or icy conditions on it; might...
  5. It's a good thing when you're having too much fun...

    It's a good thing when you're having too much fun to stop and record, I say. Looks like another good one. Yes, a rack a ribs can go a long way in the good will department. I was glad to have a...
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    Happy New Year, Marty. Best of luck in 2016.

    Happy New Year, Marty. Best of luck in 2016.
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    Welcome to HF from down the road in Athens, TN. ...

    Welcome to HF from down the road in Athens, TN. Lots of good folks hanging in the woods here in East Tennessee. We'll probably see you soon.
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    My tarp lines stay attached; I've got pockets on...

    My tarp lines stay attached; I've got pockets on the ends of some Fronkey snake skins for the CRL. Hammock goes in Bishop bag with suspension. My stakes all gone in an old tyvek envelope that I...
  9. Love to see little ones out there on the trail. ...

    Love to see little ones out there on the trail. Looks like they did well with the walking, camping, and lasagna with meat sauce. Good on you; hope you all have many more.
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    That's a good crew. Loved the sailing dream...

    That's a good crew. Loved the sailing dream sequence!
  11. Looks like Lacey is going and growin right well;...

    Looks like Lacey is going and growin right well; she's a good, sleek looking dog. Thanks for the trip report--enjoyed it.
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    My son, Scott, and I did a 11.5 mile hike in the...

    My son, Scott, and I did a 11.5 mile hike in the Great Smokies; it was a loop including Cooper Creek, Deeplow Gap, Mingus Creek, Newton Bald, and Thomas Divide trails. After climbing 2,500' in...
  13. Wilderness Logics makes great quilts, so, yes,...

    Wilderness Logics makes great quilts, so, yes, you're on the right track. Much of the comfort range depends on whether you are a warm or cool sleeper. Let us know how it goes.
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    Nothing like the winds up on the balds. Good...

    Nothing like the winds up on the balds. Good report. Thanks for taking us along.
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    Good as always, Shug. Glad you got out there,...

    Good as always, Shug. Glad you got out there, glad you got back, glad you didn't get shot. Looks like that rig does little to stop the wind--hard to hunker down with that tarp. Thanks for the...
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    Great job! She'll be a hanger for life! You can...

    Great job! She'll be a hanger for life! You can be proud, she can be pleased!
  17. Stunning scenery! What a peaceful place to spend...

    Stunning scenery! What a peaceful place to spend some quiet time. Thanks for sharing with us.
  18. Yes, indeed, Black water. Looks like a great...

    Yes, indeed, Black water. Looks like a great lazy float. Lacy is a good looking beagle for sure!
  19. Great stuff! Glad you got out there and took us...

    Great stuff! Glad you got out there and took us along. Did it take long to get adjusted to altitude?
  20. Good stuff, Grapenut. Just did a couple of...

    Good stuff, Grapenut. Just did a couple of nights over in Cataloochee with my daughter on her fall break. Great to get out in the woods with our daughters. How did that deviled ham ever taste? ...
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    Great shots, Paul Yep, I can see why you...

    Great shots, Paul Yep, I can see why you wouldn't be publicizing that spot too much. Beautiful. Thanks.
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    Raven's Point Camp Site is closed now. I would...

    Raven's Point Camp Site is closed now. I would suggest getting on the Friends of the South Cumberland website www.friendsofscsra.org for more information. As I understand it the trail sections are...
  23. You boys! Good movie--great character...

    You boys! Good movie--great character development and comedic timing. Scenery was excellent and we didn't get bogged down with details. I give it a two thumbs way up! Glad Carl couldn't get back...
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    That's a great looking set up! Good work!

    That's a great looking set up! Good work!
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    Jaxx, good trip report. Yep, miles in the GSMNP...

    Jaxx, good trip report. Yep, miles in the GSMNP can be trying--Low Gap is short but steep. Glad you and Roche had a good time in the Smokies' liquid sunshine. You'll have to come again when you...
  26. Delightful to awaken to a new episode of the...

    Delightful to awaken to a new episode of the Hickery Brothers. Poetry and perkalators, singing and shenanigans in woods--you boys are living large. Can't wait for the rest of it.
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    Working on some converts--count me in. Good on...

    Working on some converts--count me in. Good on you for this!
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    It's a great thing to find some nice woods...

    It's a great thing to find some nice woods nearby. A short drive and some hammock time are good medicine. Great pics.
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    Glad you had some silence and solitude out...

    Glad you had some silence and solitude out there--yes, it restores the soul.
    Yep, you have to wonder about folks who haul wood into the woods--not sure of the thought process there.
    Thanks for...
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    Good stuff, Sgt Rock. Yep, Goshen Prong and Fish...

    Good stuff, Sgt Rock. Yep, Goshen Prong and Fish Camp Prong are pretty places. I was up at CS 26 a couple of years ago and the spring was dry--had to come on out Lynn Camp Prong instead of...
  31. Good for him! Good on you!

    Good for him! Good on you!
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    Thanks for the video, Bic. I found time on a...

    Thanks for the video, Bic. I found time on a rainy Saturday morning to sit and watch it through. Glad to see you getting Noah out there and him being such a trooper. Great stuff with the moose...
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    On the Loop Alien site it says that the design is...

    On the Loop Alien site it says that the design is "patent pending." I guess the Chinese decided that they had better steal it and try to make some money before that happens. Sorry to see such a...
  34. Great stuff. Loved those canoes and the UBB...

    Great stuff. Loved those canoes and the UBB mission. Good reports coming out of the BWCA here lately.
  35. Spectacular scenery. Glad that that hanging...

    Spectacular scenery. Glad that that hanging worked out for you all. Thanks for taking us along on what had to be a great trip.
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    This is one of my favorites. I've used it in...

    This is one of my favorites. I've used it in numerous applications. It's better than a tautline hitch because it gives more friction and unties easier. Should be in everyone's bag of tricks.
  37. Another good 'un. Always glad to see you get out...

    Another good 'un. Always glad to see you get out and to take us along. Really liked those new racing sandles--lightweight, dynamic, cheap! Your eye for sights and sites is excellent. It all went...
  38. Thread: Balsam Mtn CG

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    Balsam Mtn CG

    I'm thinking about heading up to Balsam Mountain Campground in the Smokies next Sunday for a couple days of hiking, camping and R&R. Has anyone been up their recently? Are there good hanging sites;...
  39. Great report. Really enjoyed the Milky Way...

    Great report. Really enjoyed the Milky Way stuff, but also the lakes and the landscape. Thanks for sharing.
  40. Glad you were able to get out there and have a...

    Glad you were able to get out there and have a good experience. Takes time to get the kit the way you want it. Oh, I'm not sure that even the cable system in GSMNP is completely "bear and rodent...
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    NoJack, if you're interested in the Bean Station...

    NoJack, if you're interested in the Bean Station area, you might want to try Panther Creek State Park. It is east of Knoxville, about 6 miles from Morristown on Cherokee Lake. I haven't been there...
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    +1 on shifting your suspension. I had been...

    +1 on shifting your suspension. I had been hanging for a long time in my yard off the same two trees--pretty much left the Elephant Trunks I had on a suspension in the same place for quite some...
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    GSMNP has no shortage of trees. If you plan on...

    GSMNP has no shortage of trees. If you plan on staying along the AT you have to use the shelters. There is also a backcountry reservation system and permits are required. There are a few...
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    +1 on the SSTQ. I've got the set and love...

    +1 on the SSTQ. I've got the set and love them--light, pack small, plenty warm, quality product by good folks. a winner all the way around.
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    I've got a couple days off--I'm going to head...

    I've got a couple days off--I'm going to head over to the Fiery Gizzard tomorrow. Proabably do the Day Loop over to the Dog Hole--out to Raven Point CS for the night. Then on Tuesday drop down into...
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    That's excellent! Yes, I'm sure someone is going...

    That's excellent! Yes, I'm sure someone is going to be enjoying that one with great delight.
  47. Your choice of a Wilderness Logics tarp is a good...

    Your choice of a Wilderness Logics tarp is a good one that you will be grateful for in the future; good gear and good people.
    Yes, if you get the chance test your insulation at home where you can...
  48. Totally impressive! I'm just glad when my stuff...

    Totally impressive! I'm just glad when my stuff stays together. You have set the bar high--very high--incredibly high--too high to be reached by mortal thread injectors! If it feels as good as it...
  49. Great trip report. Beautiful and unique...

    Great trip report. Beautiful and unique territory. It was neat that you ran credits at the end of the video of others who supported the hike. Thanks.
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    Fabulous shots of some outstanding country. Glad...

    Fabulous shots of some outstanding country. Glad you had such a good trip and that you took the pics to share with the rest of us. Stunning scenery for sure.
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