[at-l] quick question

Felix J AThiker at smithville.net
Fri Dec 11 19:04:31 CST 2009

Felix J wrote:

See edited text in red!!! 
> Sundown and I had a HUGE problem with this on our hike in February (the 
> hike I never finished my trip report of).  The first night we were 
> hiking in 8-10" deep snow that had been wind-blown to hide the Trail in 
> a lot of places. There was also snow stuck to the trees...hiding blazes. 
> One time we spent over 45 minutes trying to find the Trail. We even 
> backtracked to the 'last blaze we saw' and still _*couldN'T*_ find the Trail. 
> One of us would stay put and the other would walk back and forth from 
> right to left trying to find either a treadway or a  blaze. It was more 
> annoying than anything. It was about 10 degrees and after 9 p.m.  It got 
> REALLY cold that night at....Three Mile River? Something like that....
> Anyway...enough of that trip report I'm not telling. First, the Trail in 
> the Smokys should be fairly easy to follow even if there is snow. There 
> are lots of places through there that there is no other place for the 
> trail to be.  And, the treadway should be eroded/packed down enough that 
> even if there is snow on/in it, you'll be able to tell where it is.  If 
> you can't see blazes because of snow on trees...do what a southbounder 
> usually has to do...turn around and look for blazes on the other side of 
> the tree.  :-) 

Felix J. McGillicuddy
ME-->GA '98
"Your Move"
ALT '03 KT '03

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