It doesn't matter to me. How many days out are you thinking of hiking?
NOBO or SOBO you are going to park in Damascus and get a shuttle out to the starting point.... so the drive distance shouldn't really matter.
I don't know why I voted. It's unlikely I would have the opportunity to meet up with you guys.
I've got a friend in Damascus who does shuttles, but we may have to outsource for our shuttle, depending on the number of hikers who go. Shuttle shouldn't cost us much more than $10-$20 per person, depending on where we need shuttled to and how many of us there are.
It's looking more and more like this will be a NOBO hike if we go with majority rule. What do y'all think? 3 days to hike, starting Wednesday, arriving in Damascus on Friday? Or would you rather get there on Thursday?
As far as distance, I'm thinking 25-30 miles or so, but not dead set on that. Any other ideas? Bearpaw or Cannibal, where do you guys think a good starting point for this would be if we're hiking NOBO? If we hike SOBO, I think starting at Massie Gap or Grayson Highlands would be good. Any other ideas? Bueller? Bueller?
"If you play a Nicleback song backwards, you'll hear messages from the devil. Even worse, if you play it forward, you'll hear Nickleback." - Dave Grohl
I'll be hiking in from Erwin, TN. Got to get TN and NC finished....
Just checked the calendar, I may have to hike SB from Damascus after TD....
I'd rather get in on Thursday myself, just so a nice spot can be guaranteed and allow for some time hiccups. I'll do what the group thinks best. How many miles a day you thinking?
I've got about 4 guide books around here somewhere, but can't find a darn one of them right now. I found the headlight I've been looking for though.
Still looking, be back in a while.