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hikerboy
2015-02-01, 13:39
doing my 2nd thru hike of the bmt starting out april 6th from springer, thinking of doing the bmt/at loop.
anybody gonna be hiking in the area come april?

Hog On Ice
2015-02-01, 15:11
late april doing the section just south of the Smokys

SGT Rock
2015-02-01, 15:24
There is going to be a trail crew out working on the new trail down to Tapoco Lodge during that period and a trail crew working on Yellowcreek Mountain trail for general maintenance. I'd love to be out then but I have to work.

hikerboy
2015-02-01, 19:34
late april doing the section just south of the Smokys

the new "old at" section? im looking forward to doing the yellow creek ridge trail again. it hadnt yet been cleared when i went thru last year.

SGT Rock
2015-02-01, 23:28
There's that but wait for the next new route. I don't want to jinx it by discussing it before it's official

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Kanga
2015-02-02, 12:31
late april doing the section just south of the Smokys

let me know as it gets closer if you want some company for a couple of days. that's where i'm at too.

Superman
2015-02-02, 12:39
I'm toying with the idea of doing a little hike this year. The BMT would be nice to do again. I won't decide until it's closer.

sheepdog
2015-02-02, 14:54
If you guys are going, I'm going too.

Superman
2015-02-02, 15:30
If you guys are going, I'm going too.

Wicked cool. Daisy and I are going to Florida near the end of Feb for a week and when I come back I'll know I'm going. I'm expecting Florida to break free from the US any time now and drift down to Cuba. It could happen while we're down there.

sheepdog
2015-02-02, 17:46
My nephew is getting married in Charleston April 4th. I hope I can hike after that.

Superman
2015-02-02, 18:30
That would be about right. I usually try to start so I'm hiking on the anniversary of Ap Gu.

sheepdog
2015-02-02, 18:49
That would be about right. I usually try to start so I'm hiking on the anniversary of Ap Gu.

should I bring weapons?

Superman
2015-02-02, 18:57
should I bring weapons?

Wouldn't hurt. ;)

hikerboy
2015-05-13, 12:49
my original plan was to hike straight through, taking no zeroes, and staying in the woods as much as possible. i had figured on taking 21 days, as i did it last year in 23, but ended up finishing in 30. i took 3 zero days, and slept in a bed or a cot 11 nights out of the 30.my longest day was 16.3 miles from mill creek to newton bald.my shortest nero was a 4 mile slackpack from lost creek campground to hiawassee outfitters in pouring rain.

--i'm loving the new arcblast50 pack i got, it performed well, kept my gear bone dry without using a liner, and carries well up to around 25 lbs. there were times i carried close to 30# which may be pushing the limit a bit. the pack carried better in the 25# range.

--im still in love with my lasportiva ultra raptor trail runners, hope they never change the design.

-the rainfly zipper on my solong6 again failed, and bearpaw lent me one of his tents, a sixmoon design solo, to use for the remainder of my trip.i'm in the market for a new tent, not sure i want to go back to the lightheart after the second failure, although its possible ive kept the awning too taut.i love the tent with the exception of this issue, so im not sure whether ill make a change

on the trail, for breakfast i had a coffee spiked nido/instant breakfast shake, along with a pkg of belvita biscuits. lunch was generally a packet of tuna with tartar sauce ,along with a six pack of ritz crackers with cheese, i brought microwave bacon to eat as a snack and to add to a steady diet of ramen, which i ate virtually every night on the trail,along with mashed potatoes or stove top stuffing.
snacks included roasted salted cashews, chewy jolly rancher candies, and more cracker packs, fritos.

i treated my water with a sawyer mini around 10 times during the trip, drank it straight the rest of the time. water was plentiful, and springs running strong, due to all the rain.
i hung my food on cables in the smokies, slept with it the rest of the trip.
i saw 3 bears, 4 boars, including one had to weigh 300# easy that scared the shot out of me one morning. also saw some deer, a copperhead, 3 rattlesnakes, and a couple of black rat snakes.
the first night i camped at toccoa bridge, where trebor met me with steaks and beer!!!awesome!!, there were several other overnighters camped as well. after that i camped alone until i ran into sheepdog and superman in blue ridge.we stayed together from 4/11 till they got off at green cove on 4/21.while hiking with them we also met ned from maine, who camped with us 2 or 3 times, and i camped with later in the smokies 3 times. we met a young couple hiking nobo, dont know thier names, but then saw noone else on the trail till after sheepdog and supe got off. the only other person i came across was tipi walter, who i ran into between cold spring gap and haoe peak.aside from ned, i camped alone every night until mt sterling my last night, where i met 2 overnighters out for their first multi day hike.

recommended places to stay-

blue ridge,ga- days inn $60/night, stayed there last year, gave me,sheepdog and superman a free shuttle back to the trail, good location for eats and resupply.

reliance fly and tackle, cabin $100/night sleeps 3 , limited st resupply, some snacks and deli meats,beer.

tapoco lodge-$179/night ++ expensive, but outstanding food and service. no current resupply, but i was able to do my laundry. although wifi is extremely limited, there is a computer available for guest use, and i got my smokies permits here.

cherokee- microtel. $69/night, laundry, close to shopping,free shuttle to casino, gave me a free shuttle back to the trail as well, 2nd yr ive stayed there

i also stayed at fontana inn for $129, but it was nothing notable.

standing bear farms hostel- lumpys running the place for maria after curtis' passing, had fun decompressing for a day and a half before they shuttled me to asheville ($80).
it was a great trip planned on hiking alone, did that for 20 days, the rest with sheepdog, superman and ned.

sheepdog
2015-05-13, 21:46
good report....It was good seeing you on the trail....for a New Yorker you ain't too bad......generally speaking

hikerboy
2015-05-13, 21:55
i thought the fishing was great


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_-F1yNq0jw

Superman
2015-05-13, 22:05
good report....It was good seeing you on the trail....for a New Yorker you ain't too bad......generally speaking

He should have talked about us more. Just sayin.

hikerboy
2015-05-13, 23:43
He should have talked about us more. Just sayin.
i posted on facebook on 4/11 that i was sharing a shuttle with you and sheepdog back to the trail, and would probably not see you again after that. i ended up staying with you guys for almost 10 days, and it was hilarious fun.i had never really thought about running into anyone while i was out there, kinda planned on doing it all solo,but then "a retired military man from new hampshire,a retired corrections officer from michigan ,and a car salesman went walking in the woods one day when...."

really, meeting you guys out there was terrific, and i really enjoyed it.it changed the whole complexion of my hike, for the better.

Superman
2015-05-14, 00:04
i posted on facebook on 4/11 that i was sharing a shuttle with you and sheepdog back to the trail, and would probably not see you again after that. i ended up staying with you guys for almost 10 days, and it was hilarious fun.i had never really thought about running into anyone while i was out there, kinda planned on doing it all solo,but then "a retired military man from new hampshire,a retired corrections officer from michigan ,and a car salesman went walking in the woods one day when...."

really, meeting you guys out there was terrific, and i really enjoyed it.it changed the whole complexion of my hike, for the better.

The secret about hiking is each one is adventure in it's own way.

hikerboy
2015-05-14, 00:19
The best plan is no plan.

Superman
2015-05-14, 03:28
yes.

sheepdog
2015-05-14, 09:51
I don't think I ever laughed so hard on a hike.

I'm glad I didn't have to kill superman. I would have hated that worse than avocados.

Superman
2015-05-14, 10:08
I don't think I ever laughed so hard on a hike.

I'm glad I didn't have to kill superman. I would have hated that worse than avocados.

...and you're a lot funnier than your wife says.:angel:

Superman
2015-05-14, 10:12
...and you're a lot funnier than your wife says.:angel:

Did you count how many times Hikerboy told us he is a car salesman? You don't suppose he hikes to sell cars. I'll bet he gave Ned list price.

sheepdog
2015-05-14, 10:28
10% over invoice

hikerboy
2015-05-14, 10:59
Easy payment terms

hikerboy
2015-05-14, 11:01
Hikerboy-a name you can pronounce.

Superman
2015-05-14, 11:12
Hikerboy-a name you can pronounce.

I don't even know the meaning of the word.

Crikey
2015-05-14, 11:18
What will it take to get you into those new boots today?

hikerboy
2015-05-14, 11:36
well the payment terms are a little tricky but we guarantee we will not guarantee any car

Superman
2015-05-14, 11:48
will the payment terms are a little tricky but we guarantee we will not guarantee any car

That's such a relief. I hate guarantees that aren't honored by the dealer that made them. ...and I don't want any damn discount. I want to make sure American workers earn a fare wage...like coffee bean pickers. I don't care if I have to pay the full invoice price.

sheepdog
2015-05-14, 11:54
will the payment terms are a little tricky but we guarantee we will not guarantee any car

are you %100 sure of this?

Lugnut
2015-05-14, 14:33
That's such a relief. I hate guarantees that aren't honored by the dealer that made them. ...and I don't want any damn discount. I want to make sure American workers earn a fare wage...like coffee bean pickers. I don't care if I have to pay the full invoice price.

I thought everything you buy now came with a lifetime warranty.

Tin Man
2015-05-14, 14:45
I thought everything you buy now came with a lifetime warranty.

except his new device, if it even still works... death by throwing device in the lake/road is a real posibility...

hikerboy
2015-05-14, 15:18
Para espanol marque dos

saimyoji
2015-05-14, 15:43
2 . . . . .

Superman
2015-05-14, 15:51
Para espanol marque dos

My thought exactly.

sheepdog
2015-05-14, 16:11
except his new device, if it even still works... death by throwing device in the lake/road is a real posibility...

or pounding it with his fingers while yelling "English, you bitch...English!!!"

Superman
2015-05-14, 16:48
or pounding it with his fingers while yelling "English, you bitch...English!!!"

The phone deserved it.

hikerboy
2015-05-14, 17:15
http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/05/14/2d3f912d7643d3b14ee6bf799285964e.jpg

Superman
2015-05-14, 17:41
Who's that

sheepdog
2015-05-14, 19:30
Who's that

Burl Ives

Superman
2015-05-14, 19:35
Burl Ives

Some say he sounds like Burl Ives.

Superman
2015-05-14, 19:37
...or maybe they meant he's about as dead as Burl Ives.

sheepdog
2015-05-14, 19:38
https://youtu.be/qtxqFZbyzS0

qtxqFZbyzS0

Superman
2015-05-14, 19:41
Oh crap, I look like him.

hikerboy
2015-05-14, 19:44
He smiles.

sheepdog
2015-05-14, 19:45
Lol...

sheepdog
2015-05-14, 19:46
Oh crap, I look like him.

might be yo daddy

Superman
2015-05-14, 20:38
might be yo daddy

My daddy was an ass hole. Oh what, is that funny?