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Re: [AT-L] GSMNP, Icewater Springs Shelter and Boulevard Trail

	I got the same word when I called this morning.  The young man I 
talked to was a little unsure about the Boulevard being open this weekend, 
saying it was supposed to open Friday.  But, he was sure it would be open 
in time for our October 18th hike.

	Thanks for the great information.  I ordered the book "Hiking Trails 
of the Smokies" this morning.  It cost $21.45 for the book and transport 
cost.  I can't wait to get it.
Wayne Brown

>Date:	Thu, 29 Aug 1996 11:49:51 -0500 (CDT)
>From:	John Newman <NEWMAN@WCUVAX1.WCU.EDU>
>Sender:	at-l@patsy.hack.net
>To:	waynebrown@gnn.com
>Subject:	[AT-L] GSMNP, Icewater Springs Shelter and Boulevard Trail
>I just called GSMNP Headquarters and Icewater is now OPEN to backcountry
> users
>with proper reservations (423 436-1231; Backcountry Reservations) and an
>appropriately completed permit.  It is no longer limited to thru-hikers.
>The other GOOD NEWS for hikers and backpackers wanting to get to Mt.
> LeConte is
>that the Boulevard Trail is supposed to open tomorrow, August 30, 1996. 
> The
>person at Park Headquarters, with whom I spoke, was quick to emphasize the 

>SUPPOSED portion of that statement.  Indicating that the status of plans 
>open it tomorrow could change by tomorrow.  Ask when you make your
>If you call the main number at Headquarters (423 436-1200) for trail 
>conditions, do not bother going through the at least four levels of
> 'MENU'.  
>Just hang on for an Operator who will be able to give that information to
> you.
>I anticipate that we will all have a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend. 
> Enjoy
>the recreation of your choice.  Please do so responsibly and with due 
>consideration for others.
>John Newman