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    Getting to old to sleep on the ground.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Splinter View Post


    You should have passed through already. Stover Creek Shelter in GA at the very end of March... Gosh, I hope it wasn't you, then I'd be embarrassed! . But if it was, thanks!
    Whew! Nope I was in the Smokies by then. Nice shelter huh? Looked like a doll house.

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    you didn't last that long
    Play nice , I was in Vermont when I had to leave .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cannibal View Post
    Play nice , I was in Vermont when I had to leave .

    hehehehe, you know I am bugging ya. You have made it farther than I have
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    Well, when we going again? I'm shootin for 2010
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    AND I'm skippin the Smokies. Purists be warned.
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    Just the thought of being able to go camping, or hiking, without getting wet. Simple as that. I couldn't take sleeping in a tent and getting wet. Doesn't matter what tent I had, how much I treated it, I always got wet. Not anymore!! I got a eno double, a neo 9x9, and a eno bugnet in 2005 and have been happy ever since.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cannibal View Post
    AND I'm skippin the Smokies. Purists be warned.
    to tough on you old man
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ewker View Post
    to tough on you old man
    After Gerogia and no switch-back North Carolina? Are you kidding, the Smokies are gravy for hiking once you get up. But it's cold, wet, windy, views blow, waaaaaay too many poorly supervised Scout groups, and of course the camping restrictions on the AT part.

    If I do it again, it will be strictly blue-blazin thru the park. The blues are great, but most of them (especially in the south end) involve quite a bit of fording to stay on course with the AT. Not a bad thing, but that water is mighty cold in March-April.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cannibal View Post
    If I do it again, it will be strictly blue-blazin thru the park. The blues are great, but most of them (especially in the south end) involve quite a bit of fording to stay on course with the AT. Not a bad thing, but that water is mighty cold in March-April.
    take the Benton McKay Trail (BMT) I am pretty sure there is only one shelter along that section. There are only 1 or 2 campsites that you have to have reservations at. You will cross it right after Shuckstack or 3.7 miles from Fontana. It end at Big Creek Ranger station. There is a 2.1 mile connector trail that hooks backup with the AT before Davenport Gap shelter or follow the road back to the AT. I know a few people who have done that instead of the AT. PM Sgt Rock and he can fill you in on it.

    Checkout the website http://www.bmta.org/ for the BMT as you can take it all the way from Springer to the Big Creek ranger Station
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    I might try that route next time. Forgot Rock went that way and got frostbite. I thought about him when I passed the first trail sign indicating the BMT (makes me think of a Subway sandwich now).
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