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Tom Johnson commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"If you click on the link there is some additional detail.  evidently the addition of solar panels will allow them to remove a power line running through there."
May 25
Tom Johnson commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"solar panel installation"
May 25
Tom Johnson commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
""Park rangers believe the bear that was shot is likey dead as no bear activity at campsite 84 has been observed since June 8 despite extensive search efforts." Or maybe the bear just found a new area to roam given the last time he was at…"
Jun 23, 2015
Tom Johnson commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Working on a reservation in the park for this weekend.   According to reservations site, the backcountry will be dang near full.  e.g., in the Abram's Creek area for Saturday night I count 55 of 68…"
May 17, 2015
Tom Johnson commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Interesting that autos/motorcycles would be charged higher fees than people entering on foot.  I can't help but think that was influenced by SFW repeated illustrations of backcountry/front country fee inequity at GSMNP."
Oct 16, 2014
Tom Johnson commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"In reference to John's encounter with  the ranger en route to 17...doesn't surprise me in the least after a conversation I had with a backcountry ranger several months back.  He said they regularly look at the reservations…"
Sep 25, 2014
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Sep 19, 2014
Tom Johnson commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Looks like many of the comments on the gosmokies blog were deleted.  Hit and Run"
Sep 19, 2014
Tom Johnson commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"On one of Ashley Judd's pics from her backpacking trip you could see (barely) that her dog was wearing a Service Dog vest.   When I googled her and her service dog I found out she has one for "psychological…"
Jul 7, 2014
Tom Johnson commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"She is of AT fame.  She thru-hiked it, wrote a good-selling book, hiked it at least 1 more time setting some sort of speed record in doing so.  Guessing she does a lot of speaking engagements now.  Probably in her best…"
Apr 24, 2014
Tom Johnson commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"I'm guessing they don't have this issue of BP magazine sitting in the Sugarlands lobby"
Apr 23, 2014
Tom Johnson commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
Apr 23, 2014
Tom Johnson commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"I read it as they used permit box data for 2011 and 2012 then online reservation data for 2013 for comparison purposes.  Not exactly apples-to-apples, for a lot of reasons."
Mar 31, 2014
Tom Johnson commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"I know it's NPS and all but how could you release usage data, then come back later and say, "well it's not actually accurate".    Even if it that is true, they look like fools."
Mar 31, 2014
Tom Johnson commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Thanks John.  I haven't been posting here much lately but am still following things.  Touched base with Gregg a couple of weeks ago, looks like the 501(c) 3 stuff is progressing - great news."
Feb 12, 2014
Tom Johnson commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Is the NPS latest motion on the site here someplace?  I see Myers response but may be overlooking the NPS response."
Feb 12, 2014

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Favorite GSMNP campsites?

Posted on April 7, 2013 at 10:20pm 16 Comments

Interested to know what everyone's favorite (and least favorite) campsites are in the GSMNP.  If we're going to have to pay for them, might as well pay for a good one! 

My experience is mostly on the NC side of the park.  So here goes mine:

Favorites:

47 Enloe Creek - not the best tent sites as they sit right on the trail (but it's a mostly unused trail I think).  But the setting on Roaring Fork is fantastic.  Literally…

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Winter backpacking - tips?

Posted on December 28, 2012 at 5:24pm 2 Comments

I've been doing a fair amount of spring/summer/fall backpacking the last few years but nothing in the winter.  I'm planning an MLK wkd trip (Deep Creek) and want to make sure I'm prepared gear-wise.   I've browsed some other boards but the recs are all over the place depending on the locale.  Am curious to hear from those that do a lot of winter backpacking in the Smokies.

My primary concerns are around my tent and keeping my hands/feet warm.

Tent - for camping at spots in the…

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Battle at Turtle Island

Posted on December 10, 2012 at 10:07am 3 Comments

Any of you been to Turtle Island Preserve near Boone?  I had never heard of it but it looks and sounds amazing.  Unfortunately they have been shut down, at least temporarily, by the local government.

http://www.hcpress.com/news/turtle-island-story.html?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=turtle-island-story

 

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At 8:28am on February 22, 2013, Jim Casada said…

Tom--Got you message and I've added you as a friend.  Maybe someday our trails will cross.

Jim Casada

At 9:38am on August 21, 2012, Rob Cameron said…

Welcome to the club!

At 9:17pm on August 20, 2012, John Quillen said…

Tom,  Welcome to the forum.  Glad you have you aboard.

 
 
 

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