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  1. Trip Report: MTS near Price Park short winter section hike

    I have a buddy who I started backpacking with on my first trip while we were in college about 10 years ago when we knew nothing and had almost no gear. We hadn't been out together in several years...
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    I slept on our outdoor couch last night on the...

    I slept on our outdoor couch last night on the front porch to test out my new sleeping bag. Got down to 10 and I stayed warm. Used the Mountainsmith Berthound bag I bought on Steep and Cheap for...
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    This picture uploading is taking entirely too long, I will have to come back to this part of the post later.
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    Trip Report: Presidential Traverse (attempt)

    This is a long overdue trip report form late June of this year.

    I jumped on a plane in Charlotte headed to Boston this summer with a friend of mine to meet up with another friend who was living in...
  6. Thanks for the links, I will definitely have a...

    Thanks for the links, I will definitely have a plan B hike as well. Fingers crossed for good weather.
  7. Thanks Sweeper

    Thanks Sweeper
  8. Here is my tentative trip plan. Please tell me...

    Here is my tentative trip plan. Please tell me what you think and let me know if you think there is a better way to tackle this trip.

    We arrive in Boston on a Wednesday night and are going to...
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    I have kept all my gear in my attic in Charlotte...

    I have kept all my gear in my attic in Charlotte NC for 4 years now and haven't had any issue. Everything is kept in plastic totes and I put silica gel packets in the tub with my hammock to keep the...
  10. Ran to REI today and no surprise they didn't...

    Ran to REI today and no surprise they didn't carry the map for the White Mountains. Looking on Amazon and was wondering if anyone had any experience with the ones they have for sale.
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  11. How bad are the bugs up there? Is bug spray...

    How bad are the bugs up there? Is bug spray enough or do I need a head net for hiking?
  12. The info has all been great! I watched the video...

    The info has all been great! I watched the video last night and found it very informative. I also got on the stair climber this morning at the gym after looking at all the elevation gained per day....
  13. That is a huge relief. All the pictures and...

    That is a huge relief. All the pictures and everything I've read said that most of the hiking was above the tree line and so I figured I was going to have to leave the hammock and a good nights...
  14. NH>Help with Trip Planning for a hike in the White Mountains

    I am a hanger from Charlotte, NC and I am heading to New England this June for some hiking and am in need of some help from my yankee brethren.

    Planning to be on the trail from Thursday morning...
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    Happy to share this is one of my favorite parts...

    Happy to share this is one of my favorite parts of the forum and so many have helped me in planning my trips with directions and great places to hang. I am always just happy to contribute.
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    AT Trip Report: HWY 321 to Massie Gap (pics)

    This is a trip report for a solo northbound hike on the Appalachian Trail from the intersection of Hwy 321 and the AT in Tennessee to the backpackers parking lot at Massie Gap in Grayson Highlands...
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    Sticky: I know they are easy to make but do they sell...

    I know they are easy to make but do they sell them premade in amsteel anywhere or the 2.2mm?
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    Sticky: Quick question: I looked at the whoopiesling.com...

    Quick question: I looked at the whoopiesling.com website and their structural ridge line is not recommended for people over 200 lbs. I am 6'4 and weigh 215, I am close to the recommended weight,...
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    If all you have is a doublenest I would pick out...

    If all you have is a doublenest I would pick out a tarp and get the guardian bug net. That gives you the ability to upgrade your current hammock to something you could take backpacking or camping if...
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    Thanks EagleJ. I have a shuttle lined up for now...

    Thanks EagleJ. I have a shuttle lined up for now but they are expecting a new baby fairly close to the date of my trip so that could fall through pretty quick.
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    Great info! Thanks. Do you recommend any...

    Great info! Thanks. Do you recommend any particular place to spend the night in Damascus?

    As long as the cold beer is craft than that is all I will need.
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    I am going to give this a bump and see if there...

    I am going to give this a bump and see if there aren't a few recommendations out there.
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    Columbia Omni Freeze

    I was at a warrior dash today and Columbia was on site giving a demonstration of their new cooling technology built into clothes. I was impressed and it did seem to work. Has anyone purchased this...
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    Tons of great places. On top of little green or...

    Tons of great places. On top of little green or near granny Burrell falls.

    I have done several trip reports on here over the years for panther town, check them out for some pics and places I have...
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    Hiking through Damascus

    I have always heard great things about Damascus VA and I am planning on doing a section hike right through it at the end of June. Just wondering from those that are more familiar with the town where...
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    I would check out South Mountain State park for a...

    I would check out South Mountain State park for a good overnight trip.

    Wilson's Creek is another good area but it can be a little more difficult to navigate and there are less people on the...
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    I keep my sleeping bag and tarp in a large...

    I keep my sleeping bag and tarp in a large Rubbermaid tote with a good sealed lid out of their stuff sacks so they can spread out and are not compressed or creased anywhere.

    Now I do keep them...
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    Would it be an easier hike if I reversed and went...

    Would it be an easier hike if I reversed and went south from Massie Gap to Watauga Dam?

    Also is it saft to leave a car at Watauga Dam for 5 days?
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    Assuming I get to camp with some daylight left I...

    Assuming I get to camp with some daylight left I set my hammock up right away and then take my boots off and lay down for a few minutes with my feet elevated, that is the best part of the day, even...
  30. Thread: ember underquilt

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    Went out to Stone Mt. State Park NC this weekend...

    Went out to Stone Mt. State Park NC this weekend for a test. They called for a low of 31 and I had my Marmot 30 degree down bag, a wal-mart ccf pad, and the ember. I was warm all night long.

    I...
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    count me in!

    count me in!
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    AT Section Hike Watauga Dam to Massie Gap

    Looking into planning my summer section hike and was wondering if anyone out there had hiked the section from Watauga Dam TN to Massie Gap in Grayson Highlands State Park VA.

    I haven't found any...
  33. Thread: ember underquilt

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    I am heading out this weekend for a test. Temps...

    I am heading out this weekend for a test. Temps are supposed to drop to 18 at night. I have a 30 degree down bag, ember underquilt, and 2 ccf pads in my claytor hammock. I will also supplement...
  34. Middle Prong Wilderness is usually pretty empty. ...

    Middle Prong Wilderness is usually pretty empty. I'll second the Black Mountain recommendation as well. Snowbird would be another area to check out and if you up for an adventure Bonas Defeat Gorge...
  35. I have done it and it can work although it isn't...

    I have done it and it can work although it isn't ideal.

    I would say though that I'd rather sleep double with my wife in our ENO than to sleep in a tent.
  36. Thread: ember underquilt

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    I got mine for free so I won't be returning it...

    I got mine for free so I won't be returning it but am hoping to give it a test before Christmas. I am dying to get in the woods and would like to take down to the teens. I will be using my down bag...
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    Smokey Mountains. Mt. Cammerer I think.
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    On top of little green mountain in Panthertown.
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    Turkey Pen in Pisgah Forrest
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    Sunrise with a cup of tea in Middle Prong Wilderness
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    I always put my pack cover on my pack and set it...

    I always put my pack cover on my pack and set it right under my hammock. I put a grocery back over my boots and put them right next to the pack. Never been an issue for me even in heavy rain.
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    I have spent many nights in that same camp site...

    I have spent many nights in that same camp site and never had a problem, sorry to hear about your experience. We have had bears in our campsite on top of little green mountain but the last time that...
  43. Thread: ember underquilt

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    That has kind of been my thought. I have taken...

    That has kind of been my thought. I have taken my set up down to the high 30's but didn't know how much warmth the ember would add. I figure I would still use my sleeping bag and pads along with...
  44. Thread: ember underquilt

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    I have an ember but have not field tested it yet....

    I have an ember but have not field tested it yet. I am going to try a winter trip this year in the NC mountains and had a thought.

    If I were to put my down sweater in between the underquilt and...
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    I think that both have their benefits. I always...

    I think that both have their benefits. I always prefer to backpack for many reasons but backpacking is not for everyone and sometimes I can bring different friends and family members on a car...
  46. Anytime you can plan a trip that includes camping...

    Anytime you can plan a trip that includes camping at Ivestor and taking in the views at Black Balsam you can't go wrong. Good luck on your upcoming trip, glad I could share some info with you.
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    looking back at ivestor gap

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    looking out at Green Knob
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    I promised pictures for this report some time...

    I promised pictures for this report some time ago, but better late than never.

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