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    Don't go for the views, go for the awesome rock filled creeks and lush vegetation. Any views that you get are just a bonus.
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    summer is a tough time to get views...

    I took this pic at Charlie's Bunion in March...35*F and BEAUTIFUL! I could see a very, very long way that day
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    But 35 is quiet a bit cooler than the expected 80-90's i will encounter, awesome pic though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ky chris View Post
    Don't go for the views, go for the awesome rock filled creeks and lush vegetation. Any views that you get are just a bonus.
    How would you compare it to big south fork or RRG? I assume you have been to both.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ikemouser View Post
    Hey everybody, i've been planning a trip to the smokies for a few months now. My only chance to go is in july. 4 days, 3 nights, 70 miles. I am worried about smog, as i will be going in july. I don't want my views restricted, and i know winter would be the best but i have no choice. Can any1 who has encountered the smog comment on it during july? thanks, heading to the "smoggies".
    It will likely be smoggy and humid with poor long-range visibility. July and August are pretty brutal here in NC. I'm new to hammocking, and I kept seeing all the posts about keeping warm. All I could think is how am I going to keep cool.

    Also, there is a lot of air conditioning in use in July, so the TVA (Tenn Valley Authority) is really cranking to keep up with power demands, and they are a huge contributor to smog in the area, in addition to what comes from road traffic.

    It is rare to have clear blue skies in July in the Smokies. Most of the time the skies are Carolina White.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ikemouser View Post
    Im not talking about that im talking about smog:

    “In the Great Smoky Mountains, our most polluted national park, ozone pollution exceeds that of Atlanta and even rivals Los Angeles,” said Harvard Ayers, chairman of Appalachian Voices.

    The study uses an air-pollution index, developed by Appalachian Voices for two earlier studies, to rank the five most-polluted national parks based on haze, ozone and acid precipitation. The index compares data collected from 1991 through 2001 at 10 national parks with the most extensive monitoring programs. It assesses progress made during the decade since passage of 1990 amendments to the Clean Air Act, the most recent changes to the law.

    http://www.post-gazette.com/healthsc...moky0908p2.asp

    http://articles.sfgate.com/2000-07-2...rce-specialist

    "I live on a ridgetop, and I tend to stay in on those really bad days," said Renfro, air resource specialist at Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Gatlinburg, Tenn. "I can tell I'm not getting a full breath of fresh air like I should. I can smell the difference, I can feel the difference."
    My mistake, please accept my apology.

    Perhaps, you should stay home and not be a contributor to it's destruction. I mean, you are deeply concerned, horrified and mortified---aren't you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by leepingreenlizards View Post
    My mistake, please accept my apology.

    Perhaps, you should stay home and not be a contributor to it's destruction. I mean, you are deeply concerned, horrified and mortified---aren't you?
    No not really, views were just a big part of my trip planning. May decide to head north instead of south. Im taking my little brother on his first hike, i want it to be as good as it can be for him, thats all. I have no attitude about it one way or the other. I will be driving a prius, so i will be contributing less than most.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ikemouser View Post
    No not really, views were just a big part of my trip planning. May decide to head north instead of south. Im taking my little brother on his first hike, i want it to be as good as it can be for him, thats all. I have no attitude about it one way or the other. I will be driving a prius, so i will be contributing less than most.
    Haha, you have a good sense of humor. I hope everyone has a great time. Remember, it's Black Bear country and you can count on running into a lot of skeeters and ticks that time of year, so plan accordingly and enjoy!

    By the way, have you ever considered hiking the Citico Creek Wilderness Area instead? It's in the Cherokee National Forest in TN, and if you plan your hike right, you can hike 3 different wilderness areas in one trip. Citico, Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock. One of the most beautiful wilderness areas you'll ever hike. Loaded with waterfalls, great swimming holes, trout fishing and depending on your route, some great views. I've been twice and hope to do it again soon.

    Much better than the Smokies. You won't run into a lot of people and a great opportunity for a lot of solitude.

    Enjoy!
    Last edited by leepingreenlizards; 05-04-2010 at 14:56.

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    Thanks, i will definately consider that as an alternative. Will start investigating it.

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    You will sweating so much on uphills smog/fog/bog/will take a backseat.
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