Monday, August 4, 2008

Strange noise on Gregory Bald

I’ve been meaning to ask this question for some time. I was hoping someone might have an answer for me.

I was up on Gregory Bald last month when I heard a loud pounding. Actually it sounded like someone was hammering on aluminum siding. I heard this noise just as we emerged from the woods coming up from the Gregory Ridge Trail. The sound came from the left side of the trail, which would be due south, and it sounded like it was 75 to 100 yards away. I figured once I was out in the open I would be able to see where the commotion was coming from, but I didn’t see anything, nor did I see any trails heading in that direction. My next thought was that the sound was coming from a backcountry shelter. However, according to the map, the shelter was about a half mile from where I was and in a different direction (due west) from where the sound was coming from.

Does anyone have any possible suggestions on what this may have been?



Anonymous said...

look into game birds, like grouse. This website is one of the best out there for bird identification, and provides a recording of their drumming call.

Smoky Mountain Hiker said...

Anonymous - thanks for the suggestion. But this definitely was no bird. This was a loud banging noise - as if someone was hammering on aluminum siding.


Smokies Hiker said...

Very simple.

There are silver metal tags nailed to the trees with a single nail that have ID numbers and they rattle in the wind.

OK. Not too simple. I had to explore for a few minutes before I found a group of around 10 trees with tags on the south side of the trail and I watched as the wind kicked and they fluttered in the breeze hitting the bark on the trees the noise they made.

Never happened to me in any other section of the park.

Anonymous said...

Have you people ever heard of Sasquatch? Open your eyes and your mind...before it's too late.