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    Hike on AT into Damascus, VA

    A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to go backpacking again. This was my first solo trip and really enjoyed it. I drove to Damascus and hired a shuttle out of Mt. Rodgers Outfitters to take me up to Elk Garden. I then hiked south over 3 days and 2 nights into Damascus (around 24 miles). Something new I tried this time was cold soaking one of my lunches. The recipe I used was tasty but would have preferred it as a warm meal.




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    Great report! Looks like a beautiful stretch of trail. I know many through hikers ditch their stoves and cold soak for various reasons, but I'm not a through hiker and having a hot dinner and coffee on cool mornings are two of my favorite things about camping, so I'll keep on bringing the Fancee Feest.

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    Tx for sharing this. It looks just beautiful. And you look very happy
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    Fall is very nice in Va. Thank you for sharing.
    Looks like cold Couscous was for lunch. I too have a hard time eating cold soaked food unless it is real hot out - so I always bring my simple Fancy Feast stove along.
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    Great pics. Iíd like to do that section sometime.
    I tried some cold soaking but it didnít take for me.

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    I want to do that one day but I want to go from Grayson Highlands to Damascus or vice versa. love that area
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    Looks dandy good pics!
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    Nice trip report! Thanks for the look-see.

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    Love it out that way....Thanks for the report and pictures. I'm due to head out that way real soon....I hope!
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    Very pretty ip there. Next time park at Watauga dam and go north into Damascus, and you'll have the whole section done.

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