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7403Re: [Hammock Camping] Ground Dweller

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  • Rick
    Dec 2, 2004
      A few notes. I was there last year.

      Dave Bellinski wrote:

      > JD,
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      > I've never attended the New Years celebration, but I'll pass on what I
      > know.
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      > Water should be no problem on the approach trail, as several water
      > locations are noted in the AT Data book.
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      There is water 30 yards from the shelter

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      > Last New Years Eve was celebrated in short sleeves; previous years
      > have seen single digit temps, so be prepared.
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      Temperature was about 40. It dropped to just below freezing overnight.
      The mud on the ground all froze in little crystals.

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      > I believe the celebration took place in the parking area where USFS42
      > intersects the trail (the North side of Springer at the base). Don't
      > know the time it begins.
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      It is at the shelter. People have gathered by near sunset. Walking the
      quarter mile to the summit and watching the sunset was very nice. This
      depends on the weather, of course.

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      > The Visitors center is at 1700', peak of Springer is 3782'.
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      > Someone else will have to fill you in on details of the approach
      > trail. If your schedule is real tight, you could drive in.
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      It is possible to drive to within a mile of the shelter if the weather
      is good. I enjoyed hiking in from Amacola falls.

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      > Enjoy yourself!
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      Rick
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