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August in the Smokies
I agree with every point of Bradford's. I would add that August is a great time to be in the Smokies, especially in the higher elevations. Every campsite/shelter has a bear cable/pole so all ...

In Gear Lists » Smoky Mtn. National Park-Aug 2013 Gearlis
July 17, 7:45am

Citico Falls Branch
Sounds great, Ryan. I'll check it out.

In Post-Trip Reports » Banzai! Slickrock Wilderness with Old Friends But No Stiffknee
July 14, 4:07pm

Southeast winters
You can have a few nights where you wish you had a 0 bag but I think most nights would be good with a 15. In Jan, I would probably want 0 bag if I was going to be out 7 days. You could get a 15 an...

In Winter Hiking » Winter Temperatures for Southern East - how cold is cold?
July 14, 11:28am

Slickrock
Thanks, Ryan. We had a great time. There were probably 25 lady slippers in a patch there. Falls Branch? Which one? Seems like every wilderness has one.

In Post-Trip Reports » Banzai! Slickrock Wilderness with Old Friends But No Stiffknee
July 14, 10:38am

Banzai! A few gear items
I didn't mention any gear, but there were a few standouts. Two of us used my cuben trailstar with a moderate rain at night. Since there was little wind, I tied one end up about 4 feet high fo...

In Post-Trip Reports » Banzai! Slickrock Wilderness with Old Friends But No Stiffknee
July 09, 8:22am

@Mark
Glad you like them. You'll have to make it out east some day.

In Post-Trip Reports » Banzai! Slickrock Wilderness with Old Friends But No Stiffknee
July 08, 8:05pm

@Brad
I thought about starting from Joyce Milker too but it was a little extra driving for me and the Cherohala is pretty nice access too. Wish the weather had been better for us in the higher areas but ...

In Post-Trip Reports » Banzai! Slickrock Wilderness with Old Friends But No Stiffknee
July 08, 8:04pm

@Leigh
The trees were the highlight of the trip. I have more photos of the flowers because it wasn't raining then. They say that about 1/3 of the area was still not cut when the dam was completed, mak...

In Post-Trip Reports » Banzai! Slickrock Wilderness with Old Friends But No Stiffknee
July 08, 7:54pm

@Steven
@Steven. It does get a bit mucky down there but really a pretty area. Its not Co.but still not half bad. I spent a little time in Ar recently too. My son goes to school in Conway so we did a 3 day...

In Post-Trip Reports » Banzai! Slickrock Wilderness with Old Friends But No Stiffknee
July 08, 7:47pm

Banzai! Slickrock Wilderness with Old Friends But No Stiffknee
Its the first weekend of May and 2 months post-surgery on a torn meniscus. I've been in first gear for quite awhile because of the knee, so I'm dieing to get out. My doc has released me t...

In Post-Trip Reports » Banzai! Slickrock Wilderness with Old Friends But No Stiffknee
July 08, 6:07pm

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