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    Senior Member Les Rust's Avatar
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    Noob in Athens, TN

    I grew up in Gatlinburg in the shadow of the Great Smokies--hiking and backpacking were regular expereinces. To make a long story short, after years of being away in various places, I'm now back close to the old stomping grounds and am working my way through hiking all the trails in the GSMNP (250 miles so far, about 750 to go) as well lots around the Cherokee NF and Western NC.
    I had back surgery a couple of years ago and wasn't able to drive for six months. It was not certain that I would be able to walk/hike/pack again. I started exploring the internet and discovered alky stoves, Ray Jardine's lightweight gear, and hammock forums. I am working on reducing my packweight and increasing my comfort--hammocks are on my horizon.
    Thanks from the start to all the folks on HF who offer their expertise, equipment, expressions of welcome, and entertainment. I've learned a lot by watching Shug's series. I'm getting a grip on the terminology.
    I ordered some suspension from AHE's anniverary sale. I'm going to start with a Grand Trunk Ultra-light. I'll use a CCF pad to begin and a lightweight DIY top quilt to start. The quilt was good down in the 30's the other night on Mt LeConte in the Smokies.
    I'll have plenty of questions, which is good because you all seem to have plenty of good answers.
    Looking forward to it.

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    Welcome to HF, from Music City, right up the ol' Interstate highway! Glad to have another "Volunteer" on board.

    If you'd like to attend a hang, Neo organizes two a year, the next one is in October and there's a thread on it on here. It's at Meriwether Lewis National Monument and campground, on the Natchez Trace, somewhat near Columbia, TN. Would be great to see you there, if you can make it, and you'd get to see lots of hammocks, quilts, pad, rainflys, and etc.

    Rain Man

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    Welcome to HF from Chattanooga TN. There is a lot of wealth here, just read on. Everyone is very helpful, so ask away if you need help

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    Welcome to HF from Indiana!

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    Welcome to the forum from west Texas.

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    Welcome to the campfire from Alabama.
    Tim
    I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I intended to be. ~ Douglas Adams

    We never really grow up, we only learn how to act in public.

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    Saaaalute from the lesser apealling side of Tennessee.
    BEAS
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    Do your duty in all things. You cannot do more, you should never wish to do less. General Robert E. Lee

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    Welcome to the Forums from Canada!
    The key to immortality is first living a life worth remembering. - St. Augustine

    Some people feel the rain. Others just get wet.
    - Bob Marley

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    Welcome from Alabama, love the Hiwassee river up there

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    Senior Member ragnall's Avatar
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    Welcome to the forum from another Tennessean.

    I have found a wealth of knowledge here. Now if I can only put it to use.

    Ragnall

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