Jumper doc, just after college a friend and I hiked down forney creek from clingman's dome and back up. On the way down we passed 3 hikers with 2 packs coming up. The one without a pack told us he left his in a tree next to the trail and we were welcome to anything in it. He was going to come back and get it "later". We made it back up with our packs but it is a haul. We stayed at the Jacob Fork or Jake's Creek (or something like that) site and it was a great trip. That little fork is worth some time fishing too. Have a great trip.