You know I will be there....... just not in shorts and sandals this time. That was pretty brutal.I'm going to throw this out there just so people are aware. Though most going on this trip already know this. Expect damage on your truck. It's a narrow trail with limbs sticking out everywhere. There are quite a few rock obstacles. A stock cruiser can make it but you will dent something underneath. You can't take a stock truck and point it straight down the trail and expect it to not get damaged.
Weather. This will be one of the more extreme weekends up there. They are predicting winds steady at 25-30 mph and gusts up to 55 mph. Up there in the valley I expect probably more than that. A cheap tent isn't going to make it. You along with your tent will get blown off the mountain. If your thinking of bringing your roof top tent. Don't. It won't survive nor will you be able to sleep due to the noise. It's going to be cold. Low will be in the high 20's maybe 30's and high in the 40's. Windchill will be extreme. Bring more clothes and sleeping bags than you need. If the weather up there becomes too extreme then we have the option to head down the mountain 10 miles away and stay at my buddies property in the Pisgah woods. Building a fire won't be a problem there as I just had a cord of wood delivered last week.
We can make a call Saturday morning if we want to brave the day and another night there. It should be pretty epic Friday night. I'm planning on heading up there after lunch Friday. I'll still bring the stove but with the wind it might not be effective so plan accordingly.
With all that negative stuff said. Who is still with me? I'm going to be sleeping in the truck with the dog and my big buddy heater so I won't have any issues.