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    I like the approach of a cold-rated UQ, variable TQ, and go-to-ground option. Most of us sleep in a bed year-round, and that's got equate to a high r-value quilt or pad. I don't like the x-lite noise, so my go-to-ground option is either an 8-section z-rest (does multiple duty as leg insulation in hammock with 3/4 length UQ, sit/nap pad, and ground option) or a short Nemo tensor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DocTheo View Post
    The pad is in the eventuality that I have to stay the night in a shelter or on a hostel floor - I'm hoping that doesn't happen but it's a possibility that it might be wise to be prepared for.
    I followed Frozen's (Outdoor Adventures is his YouTube channel) AT thru hike a couple years ago, and he was able to use his hammock the entire way, with the exception of Smoky Mountain National Park- as they don't allow hammocks there. Hopefully you will only need your pad for that section.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rweb82 View Post
    with the exception of Smoky Mountain National Park- as they don't allow hammocks there. .

    Uh- since when?

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    As a former thru-hiker and soon be thru-hiker again they do allow hammocks in the Great Smokey Mountains you just have to wait for the shelter to fill up so you can hang or tent out.
    I just might be starting the same time as you but probably in Georgia.
    Ga-Me 2001, 2002, 2003 and made it to Paris burg in 2004 and decided to go home but miss the trail and will try for a fourth time and it had been 18 years since I have been on the trail hope to see you out there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by binfordw View Post
    Uh- since when?
    My understanding is that if the campsite has a shelter available, thru-hikers are required to sleep inside the shelter- and you aren't allowed to hang a hammock inside the shelter. I've heard others say that there are backcountry sites available where thru-hikers can hammock camp while inside the park. So, I'm sure you can make do with a little extra planning.

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    Post COVID, they have lifted the shelter requirements. At least that was the case when I called them earlier. You are still required to stay 'near a shelter' and make your reservation, but not required to fill the shelter before camping nearby.

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    Sadly, due to a change in circumstance and the needs of my hospital, I will not be thru-hiking this year. Some of you already saw me at MAHHA, so you know. I'm planning to bag some sections this year when I can. I'll get the AT hiked one way or another. Priorities change, but the mountains still call.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DocTheo View Post
    Sadly, due to a change in circumstance and the needs of my hospital, I will not be thru-hiking this year. Some of you already saw me at MAHHA, so you know. I'm planning to bag some sections this year when I can. I'll get the AT hiked one way or another. Priorities change, but the mountains still call.
    Sorry it didn't work out for you this year but life happens and things change. The trail will always be there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DocTheo View Post
    Sadly, due to a change in circumstance and the needs of my hospital, I will not be thru-hiking this year...
    I hiked the AT in five sections over four years. During a sobo section from Katahdin, thru the 100 mile wilderness, I met a woman hiking nobo who was a day away from Katahdin. She had hiked sections every year for a couple of decades, and was finishing that day!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rweb82 View Post
    … he was able to use his hammock the entire way, with the exception of Smoky Mountain National Park- as they don't allow hammocks
    It’s been a few years … 2013, but I hung in the Smokies a couple of times in fell view of a Ridgerunner.

    Back then, you could not set up a tent, or hammock, unless the shelter was full. I would generally wait till it was full to stated capacity, then setup.

    I still carry an air mattress because there are times I just want to crawl into a shelter and get dry. And there are a few storied hostels with plywood bunks and no mattresses.

    There’s a thread where a guy is doing the PCT with a hammock, testing Tensa’s new trekking treez where part of the frame functions as trekking poles:

    https://www.tensaoutdoor.com/tensa-t...v=7516fd43adaa
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