Re: Help with Abram's Creek GSMNP
I recently hiked with a 40lb pack 8mi each way in my felt soled SIMMs boots when I camped in one of the back country sites in the Smokies. The pack weight was a killer after the 6th mile but my feet never felt uncomfortable. The Boots offered terrific ankle support and were terrific hopping the boulders on the small streams. Also at the end of the week-end the soles did not show any unusual wear.
The Abrams trial is pretty smooth (compacted dirt) so you should not have any issues with wearing out the felt soles. I wet waded (w/o waders) since the water temps were in the low 60s.