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    I'm still planning an overnight hike on 2/14. I haven't yet nailed down where I'll go, and may just end up doing an out and back on the AT. Company is welcome!

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    So here's the plan: Newfound Gap on the AT to Charlies Bunion; down Dry Sluice Gap and Grassy Branch Trail to Kephart Shelter; then back up Sweat Heifer Creek Trail to the AT and back to Newfound Gap.



    Yes, this is fairly high elevation. It starts a 5,000 and climbs to over 6,000 at Mt. Ambler. The lowest point is at Kephart Shelter at just over 3,500 feet. I don't really know what the weather will be at that elevation. However, the NWS says there's currently no snow on the ground at Newfound Gap with a current high today of 41 and low of 27. The forecast for Gatlinburg is a low of 31* on Friday morning and a high of 41* that afternoon. There's a chance of "scattered light rain" Friday night. Saturday morning is supposed to have a low of 27* with some light snow and a hight of 42* that afternoon.

    I can easily camp in those conditions. Since my son won't be coming, I can take his 20* WB Yeti underquilt to use in conjunction with my HG 20* Phoenix. I can also bring a poncho liner to supplement my old sleeping bag. I think I'll sleep warm. I've also got some micro spikes I can bring along to help with icy conditions.

    This will be my most ambitious hike to date and solo at that. It's only 13 miles, but significant elevation gains and losses. All that said, I think I'll be ok and come home with a great story.

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    What's the weather supposed to be like?
    Does it call for one or two blow torches? (sorry, GSMNP humor)

    But seriously, I know we are supposed to get snow down in the flat lands of NC.
    I would imagine the Smokey's would get more than us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TallPaul View Post
    What's the weather supposed to be like?
    Does it call for one or two blow torches? (sorry, GSMNP humor)
    Hahah, I seriously hope that's not my fate.

    But seriously, I know we are supposed to get snow down in the flat lands of NC.
    I would imagine the Smokey's would get more than us.

    Do you know how to get precipitation or temp forecasts for up in the Smokies? I need to call the park anyway. I'll ask them tomorrow.

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    I agree with trying the park service.
    I'm trying to get an answer as well (I posted the question over on WhiteBlaze)- but maybe somebody more local will pop in here and answer.

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    This gets you a bit more data, but I'm not sure how reliable the data is on here.

    http://www.mountain-forecast.com/pea...forecasts/1709

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    I've gotten a few replies on WB. Rainman just posted a good site.

    http://www.whiteblaze.net/forum/show...-website<br />

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    Here's a good quote from whiteblaze:

    That day we expected (according to weather.com) highs in the low 50s and an overnight low of 26 or so. With a mostly clear to partly cloudy outlook ("we don't want to guarantee anything so say there's a 10% chance of precipitation").

    What we found was temperatures in the low 40s (with winds up to 50mph or so making it feel much colder), and an overnight low of around 15 (thank goodness the wind was blocked by the shelter otherwise my 0 degree bag may not have been sufficient). And by 7am on Sunday there was 2.5 inches of snow on the ground.

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    There's been some more posts on the WB link.

    The latest one:
    " I live about 15 miles away... The road to Newfound Gap (441) has been closed for starters... There is snow already on the ground and much more predicted on Wed."

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    Dougalcorn - back on post 12, you included a pic.
    What mapping software is that?
    And is it using Accutera maps?
    Last edited by TallPaul; 02-11-2014 at 10:02.

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