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Old Manway in GSMNP -Extreme hike

For the most extreme lightweight backpackers:

We will leave Nashville after work on Friday and drive to the park.  We will night hike in about 4 miles to tent camp along a creek.  Saturday morning we will attempt to navigate/bushwhack along a little-used manway from before the park existed.  The end result should be ascending 2000 ft in about 1.5 miles.  There will be many hazards pertaining to this section of the trip: blow downs, many creek crossings, prickers, attempting to stay on course, thick brush, very steep terrain, etc.  After reaching the crestline of the Smokies we will hike over to the LeConte Shelter and spend the night in the Shelter atop the highest Mtn summit completely in TN.  (total mileage for Sat is around 10 mi)

Sunday we will descend back down LeConte to the car and head back, returning evening on Sunday. Mileage Sunday is around 10 mi.

You must have prior bushwhacking/off trail experience to participate in this trip.  If you'd like to come along let me know with an email or message and we'll talk it over.

Despite all the warnings we will attempt to exercise the most caution and safety possible...and have LOTS of FUN!

If you don't intend to participate, a "No" RSVP is NOT necessary.  Thanks!


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  • Chris M

    Very extreme!

    October 8, 2012

  • Rob C.

    It was probably 3/5 stars on the fun-o-meter, but this trip definitely lived up to the billing. One of the most extreme weekend adventures I've ever done. The final push up the manway is not for the timid. LeConte was unique despite being in the clouds the whole time.

    October 7, 2012

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