I'm not saying whether I have one with me or not, but I do fancy my Glock 29 as a 10mm with the right load will drop anything in North America and it weighs 21 ounces empty.
I can say that have never returned home with fewer rounds than I left with unless I stop by a firing range.
As far as darkness goes, it's pitch black, especially in the valleys. You literally can't see your hand in front of your face. I forgot to leave a small light on in camp one night (to see what happens to wonder in and relief trips) and even though my friends tents were right next to my hammock, I absolutly could not see them. When it's like this, every little noise is a monster. LOL!
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I'll hike into dark if the trails are open enough. I don't fool with the heavily overgrown ones when its dark if I can avoid it.
These are my rules for Citico and that area. Big Frog on the other hand is different. That's where they take the "problem bears" from the Smokeys. Those are the worst of the worst in terms of their behavior around people.
I have both the brown book and the falcon smokies books. The falcon lists trails that are supposedly not croweded year round. ARe there such trails in the smokies or will they all be packed leading up to and following the 4th of july.
Listen, don't let all of this unsettle you. Odds are, you won't even see one except in the really remote areas and it's still not likely you will.
It's well worth the visit---you won't regret it.