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TN/NC Appalachian Trail Multi-Day Advanced Backpacking Trips

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Doc George is done with the AT in VA, MD & WV. We need to work on TN and NC next. Cherokee country! Wild & Crazy Pisgah National Forest. This is where you start to realize that before most of these mountains were clearcut, this area used to be a temperate mountain rainforest boasting huge Poplar trees with every shade of green in thick dark mossy and fern filled forests. Pisgah and The Great Smokey Mountains National Park are returning to their natural state, slowly. Progressively longer Multi-Day Backpacking will be the way we will tackle this section, due to the longer drives to trailheads from our bases in VA. Three days will probably be the shortest of our trips. Contact me at [masked] if you want to do this with us. No newby backpackers. This part of the trail goes through some truly isolated wild places. Black Bear country. This is not Virginia... and this is not a zoo... I'm not trying to deal with situations like when you are Three days hiked into the middle of GSMNP and a bear has eaten your food... because you didn't know how to stash it properly. http://www.youtube.co... (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gBWxW8co3_U&feature=youtube_gdata_player) 1500 Black Bears in GSMNP. -Larry

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