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Favorite Winter Hiking Weather and Locations

It's a cold morning here in East Tennessee, as I took some bird food out to the feeder. But, there isn't any winter storm here in Claiborne County and the sky is blue. The temps are going to reach about 40 degrees later in the day. It's the perfect day for a hike in the mountains off-trail. So, what is your favorite winter hike and temps for doing it?

I like the temps between 35 and 45 degrees, no wind and a clear or cloudy day with no chance of bad weather. I don't mind snow up to…


Added by Mike Maples on January 14, 2012 at 9:17am — 4 Comments

Bent Arm Manway

This is a classic Smokies manway experience that we completed a while back.  If there were ever a trail that needs to be put back on the map, in my opinion, it is this one.  Of course, that would piss off all us bushwhackers and I know who clips that one out for us.  Finding the start of this route is the toughest part.  And I'm not going to tell.  The manway story is at the end of this trip report.



Added by John Quillen on December 26, 2011 at 6:30pm — 4 Comments

BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition

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…


Added by John Quillen on December 20, 2011 at 8:30pm — 4805 Comments

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