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    To Shelter or Not Shelter GSMNP

    Initial planning for a 4 night trip in Mid June. Shuttle from Alum Cove parking area to Newfound Gap. Ice Water Springs - Peck's Corner - back to Ice Water - last night at Mt LeConte.

    With the exception of Mt LeConte what can I expect in terms of shelter capacity at that time of year? North Bound thru hikers will have started mostly in March and April, having said that what should I expect?

    Would I be hassled by Mr. Ranger for hammock camping outside of the shelters?

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    in june a lot of the thru hikers will be through that section, but you will still be required to stay in the shelters , unless they are full.
    you could wait around untill it fills up , then hammock outside,
    you should also be aware that the permiting system has changed this year

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    As a non-thru-hiker aren't you required to have a permit for each night and sleep in the shelter or at the campsite you are permitted for?
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    Quote Originally Posted by affreeman View Post
    As a non-thru-hiker aren't you required to have a permit for each night and sleep in the shelter or at the campsite you are permitted for?
    Per this thread, yes. Apparently, the GSMNP is launching a new backcountry campsite reservation system on the 13th of this month and intending to enforce it fairly strongly.

    Hope it helps!
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    Quote Originally Posted by FLRider View Post
    Per this thread, yes. Apparently, the GSMNP is launching a new backcountry campsite reservation system on the 13th of this month and intending to enforce it fairly strongly.

    Hope it helps!
    Thanks this was very informative.

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    Hang close to the shelter and they won't give you a hard time. At least, that was my experience and I ran into two of the ridgerunners while going through GSMNP. Your attitude when speaking with them makes all the difference.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cannibal View Post
    Hang close to the shelter and they won't give you a hard time. At least, that was my experience and I ran into two of the ridgerunners while going through GSMNP. Your attitude when speaking with them makes all the difference.
    Good advise. I felt like bait fish the last time at Tricorner Knob. I'm pretty sure there were as many bears as there were hikers.

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