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…Continue
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.