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    I like the approach of a cold-rated UQ, variable TQ, and go-to-ground option. Most of us sleep in a bed year-round, and that's got equate to a high r-value quilt or pad. I don't like the x-lite noise, so my go-to-ground option is either an 8-section z-rest (does multiple duty as leg insulation in hammock with 3/4 length UQ, sit/nap pad, and ground option) or a short Nemo tensor.

    And I'm a card-carrying umbrella fan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DocTheo View Post
    The pad is in the eventuality that I have to stay the night in a shelter or on a hostel floor - I'm hoping that doesn't happen but it's a possibility that it might be wise to be prepared for.
    I followed Frozen's (Outdoor Adventures is his YouTube channel) AT thru hike a couple years ago, and he was able to use his hammock the entire way, with the exception of Smoky Mountain National Park- as they don't allow hammocks there. Hopefully you will only need your pad for that section.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rweb82 View Post
    with the exception of Smoky Mountain National Park- as they don't allow hammocks there. .

    Uh- since when?

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    As a former thru-hiker and soon be thru-hiker again they do allow hammocks in the Great Smokey Mountains you just have to wait for the shelter to fill up so you can hang or tent out.
    I just might be starting the same time as you but probably in Georgia.
    Ga-Me 2001, 2002, 2003 and made it to Paris burg in 2004 and decided to go home but miss the trail and will try for a fourth time and it had been 18 years since I have been on the trail hope to see you out there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by binfordw View Post
    Uh- since when?
    My understanding is that if the campsite has a shelter available, thru-hikers are required to sleep inside the shelter- and you aren't allowed to hang a hammock inside the shelter. I've heard others say that there are backcountry sites available where thru-hikers can hammock camp while inside the park. So, I'm sure you can make do with a little extra planning.

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    Post COVID, they have lifted the shelter requirements. At least that was the case when I called them earlier. You are still required to stay 'near a shelter' and make your reservation, but not required to fill the shelter before camping nearby.

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