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10-k
2011-01-01, 14:24
Is Tim Homan's 2004 book about hiking the BMT current enough to be considered accurate?

SGT Rock
2011-01-01, 14:28
No, not in my opinion. It only covers the GA section of the trail - 93 miles. It is more about birds, trees, etc.

Bulldawg
2011-01-01, 14:52
Is Tim Homan's 2004 book about hiking the BMT current enough to be considered accurate?

Grab Sgt Rock's book. The best I've seen on the BMT.

Bulldawg
2011-01-01, 14:54
And I've noticed that about Tim's books. If you need information like obscure maps, directions to trailheads, and mileages, Tim's books are fine. but beyond that, they are all fluff IMHO. I bought the Nantahala book because I wanted to do some of the stuff on the GA-NC border near home. Tim's book works to get me there and know how many miles to expect. Beyond that, I am really on my own.

10-k
2011-01-01, 15:00
I just want to make sure I've got good info....

I've got:

Your 2010 guide
Benton MacKaye 2010 Trail Guide for TN/NC section
2009-2010 Benton MacKaye Trail databook

All 3 Nat Geo maps....

Think that'll do it? :)

I'm definitely hiking the GSMNP section in February but I'm toying with the idea of hiking the whole trail starting at Springer. The weather is my biggest concern (snow).

Bulldawg
2011-01-01, 15:05
Rock knows more than me. But with all that data, I'd say you are in good shape.

SGT Rock
2011-01-01, 15:51
I just want to make sure I've got good info....

I've got:

Your 2010 guide
Benton MacKaye 2010 Trail Guide for TN/NC section
2009-2010 Benton MacKaye Trail databook

All 3 Nat Geo maps....

Think that'll do it? :)

I'm definitely hiking the GSMNP section in February but I'm toying with the idea of hiking the whole trail starting at Springer. The weather is my biggest concern (snow).
2010 guide and the 09-10 databook mileage should be about the same for all points. Minor difference may be in there. The TN/NC guide is good for the more info you may want to know about the history of the area the trail passes through. The GA section guide should be out sometime this year, but probably not before you start hiking.

The three maps are perfect for hiking the BMT. I wouldn't orienteer with those maps, but they are fine for staying on the trail and knowing what is around you.

10-k
2011-01-01, 20:12
What about reroutes since these publications became available? I looked on the BMT site and the info is kinda dated - which is fine if there haven't been any relocations to update....

It's pretty common for website updates to have serious lag time - is the BMTA on the ball?

SGT Rock
2011-01-01, 21:41
There are two reroutes of note. One is in GA north of GA 60 climbing up Licklog Mountain. It added about 0.2 miles, your Databook should be correct. There is a reroute between Towee Creek Picnic area and the Narrows. The Appalachian Powerhouse listed in my 2010 guide is no longer on the BMT.

SGT Rock
2011-01-01, 21:58
Oh, and generally you should use the mileage in the 09-10 databook for most accurate. Make sure you update the mileages from from page 28 on in accordance with the instructions on page 3. If you have a first printing of the Databook you might not have those instructions - let me know and I will type them out here if you don't. The 2011 Thru-Hiker Guide will have more up to date mileages than the 09-10 Databook.

10-k
2011-01-02, 10:58
I've got the 2nd edition - printed in 2009. There is no numbered page 3 - what would be page three is the table of contents.

I just picked it up at the REI in Asheville less than a month ago....

warraghiyagey
2011-01-02, 11:20
Licklog Mountain? . . .

SGT Rock
2011-01-02, 11:33
Errata (second printing):
On page 28, Big Stack Gap and Mill Branch Trail )#96)) intersection are at 172.5 (S-N), Big Stack Gap Branch Trail (#139) intersection is at 173.5 and Crowder Branch Trail (#84) intersection is at 173.6. The Section 18 mileage heading is listed correctly at 13.2 miles. This correction subtracts 1.0 miles from the subsequent cumulative mileages for the rest of the trail (287.2 miles). These changes will be reflected in the next revision of the Databook.

10-k
2011-01-02, 11:40
Thanks a lot! This info and the relo info above is very good stuff to know..

I'm a big fan of minimal head scratching. :)

SGT Rock
2011-01-02, 14:38
No problem. Have a good hike.

ed bell
2011-01-02, 14:56
Licklog Mountain? . . .
Just let it go, man....