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Re: [ft-l] Intro

I hiked that section in '94 and it does have some good climbs but Max
Patch is still one of my favorite places on the AT.  I have a 8 x 10
picture I took of the wildflowers on Max Patch on my wall.There is no
water ontop of Max Patch but there is a creek on the South side where
you can get water. It can also get windy on the summit so if you have a
freestanding tent beware. If you are in good shape the distance in three
days is reasonable. You might want to ask for more currant info on the
sister list to this; at-l@backcountry.net There are people on that list
who live in that area and tell you about current water conditions etc.
We averaged our usual 2 miles per hour through that area. I am not
familiar with Rocky Bluff so can't help you there. Hope you get to enjoy
it all. We'll be waiting for the trip report.
					Triathlon Grandma    

John F Wakefield wrote:
> Hi Guys,
> I am also a new FT member and I appreciate the info on bugs that you all
> gave me.  Now my son and his buddy would like to hike some on the AT,
> section 15 and some of 16, north to south.  They want to start just south
> of Hot Springs, NC and end up at Interstate 40 close to the Smokies.
> Does anyone have any experince in that section?
> They want to do about 28 miles in three days.  Does that sound reasonable
> for two young men in good shape?   Is water available?  How about the
> camping? They want to camp on top of Max Patch Mountain the first night.
> Also, has anyone ever camped at a place called Rocky Bluff near Hot
> Springs?  The rest of the family would be tent camping there, if it is
> not too crowded.
> Thanks in advance for your help!
> John
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