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"When we first came upon this sign I was a bit confused mainly because of the orientation. Seems like it was for those hikers who are coming up the "chute" which they are calling Blair Gap Trail. Even stranger is the fact that someone with…"
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"Sorry about getting going with multiple posts in a row like this, but I think I was looking at the presence of this sign all wrong. I don't think the sign is there to discourage garden variety Smokies hikers from using the manway, I believe the…"
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"It's interesting to note that the map made available by BF for the use of it's customers making foot/horseback incursions into GSMNP displays trail names inconsistent with general usage. Although none of it is official, the commonly used…"
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Myers Morton commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"I plan on bringing it up this week in our filings in federal court."
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Tom Johnson commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"I would love to see NPS response to that.  I hope Mark sends it to them.  Would also like to see the response on the Traveler blog."
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Dan G commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"John, It might not need saying, but I'll say it. A hand-painted sign at the Ace Gap/Beard Cane junction declares that the Hurricane Mountain manway (referred to on the sign as the "Blair Gap Trail") is closed.  This manway…"
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John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Mark Cooke just did a recon mission to the Blackberry Farms trail system and those of you familiar with the intersection will notice the peculiarity of this sign. "
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BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition

Posted by John Quillen on December 20, 2011 at 8:30pm 3707 Comments

Our original Backcountry Tax blog on the gosmokies site was moderated by some folks who held an opinion in favor of backcountry fees.  As a result the blog operator, Jigsha Desai made several threats to shut us down but we remained in operation because it was the most popular blog post in the history of that site.  We decided to take our conversation to a place where our message wouldn't be suppressed.  This blog is the result.

Therefore, it is our collective opinion that the…

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