hammocks in GSMNP
- I have done the AT section in this NP and can say that the shetlers
are intended for you to use, if there is no room in the shelter then
you are to tent within a cerain number of yards of the shelter, that
if you are caught by a ranger offending these rules you will be
fined...so good luck hanging a hammock...it sucks because the
shelters there are the pits of all the shelters I have encountered on
the AT (Springer to VA42 so far)...dark,dank,imprisoned,nasty....
but, there is the option of stealth camping which if you think about
it is the thinking man's/woman's way to avoid bears with us knowing
that the bears no where the shelters are....
Parking at Fontana? no better place to leave a vehicle that I have
seen on the trail. The TVA has their own police and with all the
terrorism in the world dams are watched carefully, you also have
the 'Fontana Hilton' and showers at the visitors facility.
When I did Clingmans to Fontana I was ripped off of lots of good
views by mother nature, so in October we are doing that section over
again and in November we are back in Va from Va42--->Daleville.
This month (in 6 days) we are off to New Zealand where I promise to
introduce the HH and underquilts!