SB6K FAQ

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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  1. How can I talk to someone who has hiked the SB6K to help me plan or to answer questions?
  2. How do I get my recognition, certificate and patch?
  3. Do all of the peaks have trails to the summit?
  4. Are the summits clearly marked?
  5. Can a GPS help?
  6. Can I take my dog?
  7. Can I ride my horse or ATV rather than hike the program peaks?
  8. Can I do all of the peaks during day hikes?
  9. Do I need to submit my materials to CMC and TEHCC?
  10. I don't have a computer. Where can I obtain a copy of the SB6K information and guide?
  11. What are some good techniques to use in ascending the trailless summits?


1.  How can I talk to someone who has hiked the SB6K


Yes. Start with SB6K committee members in the contact list.

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2.  How do I get my recognition, certificate and patch?

After hiking the forty 6,000 foot peaks using SB6K criteria, send a completed ascent log and the amount of $10.00 to a TEHCC committee member or if you submit your ascent record to CMC, you must be a member of CMC prior to receiving recognition. To become a CMC member click here. Your ascent record will be validated by the committee and you will be given the patch and certificate in accordance to CMC and TEHCC procedures.

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3.  Do all of the peaks have trails to the summit?

No. About 1/3 have no discernable trail to the summit.

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4.  Are the summits clearly marked?

Only a few. Each one is different. Some have plaques, or benchmarks and several have nothing to designate the summit.

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5.  Can a GPS help?

A GPS can be a very useful tool, when used in conjunction with maps and other standard navigational equipment. We have incorporated many GPS routes already into our presentation here on the internet for your downloading pleasure. In the near future our goal is to have a complete GPS loaded site to include topos, profiles and downloadable GPS routes.                                                                        

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6.  Can I take my dog?

Yes and no.  No you cannot in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  Yes you can on the Blue Ridge Parkway as long as he/she is on a leash.

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7.  Can I ride my horse or ATV rather than hike the program peaks?

No.  I can’t believe you would even ask that question!

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8.  Can I do all of the peaks during day hikes?

You can do most of them during day hikes, however, unless you are willing or able to hike and climb upwards to 20-30 miles in one day you will might want to spend the night in the NE Smokies.

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9.  Do I need to submit my materials to CMC and TEHCC?

If you are a member of CMC or TEHCC, send your ascent record to the club you are a member of.  If you are not a member and do not aspire to become a member of either club, then you may chose either club to send your ascent record and payment to. Note:  The ascent record and payment have to go to the same club.

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10. What are some good techniques to use in ascending the trailless summits?

  1. It's easy to get disoriented coming down from the top, so flag on the way up, remove your flagging as you come down.
  2. Take your time. Most accidents in bushwacking result from being in a hurry.
  3. You can see further and have less trouble with vegetation during the winter months.

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