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[at-l] trash talk

>Not only have I just completed a thru-hike (GA-ME99), but I'm pretty
>sure I'll thru-hike at least another eight, maybe ten times.  Probably
>more. In fact, I'm already pretty much becoming a legend in my own mind
>(and I'd have to say deservedly so).
>With so many thru-hikes either already under my belt, or at least soon
>to be, I feel completely empowered to share some of my extensive present
>and future trail wisdom and wilderness lore which I've picked up along
>the way, or will  sooner or later anyway. If any of you find this
>valuable information somehow offensive, sorry in advance. Most of you
>will probably never hike as much as I plan to, so how much can your
>different opinion really count in comparison to mine anyhow?
>Also, sorry to barge in like this all of a sudden. I'm a very busy
>person and just haven't had time to mix with y'all informally as I've
>lurked for a few days, but I do have some very important things to say
>and it would be bad and unnecessary for you to have to wait.
>First, anybody who doesn't use Lekis or some close facsimile is deluded
>and probably won't make it to Katahdin, probably not even get out of
>Virginia. Believe me I've seen this on the trail and I know what I'm
>talking about.
>Second, most of you dolts carry weighhhh too much gear and all your
>whining about dragging yourself up one peak just to go back down and
>then have to haul yourself up another is just the pitiful consequence of
>poor discernment in setting priorities correctly and probably not having
>any sense at all.
>Third, if you're going to carry technology on the trail, make sure you
>get the maximum bang for your buck by wearing it on the outside of your
>backpack so everyone can see how advanced your gear system really is.
>Other hikers will probably be intimidated by your obvious affluence, and
>speak enviously about you among themselves whenever you're not around.
>Fourth, don't waste time taking photographs of every boring old
>overlook. The snapshots you get back from the pharmacy will all look
>pretty much alike, lots of haze mostly, and it's a waste of money as
>well. Spare your friends back home.
>Fifth, and finally for now, if you have a choice between drinking beer
>and living it up in trail towns with the other slovenly bums you're out
>goofing off with (instead of working and contributing to society) versus
>getting your town chores done and getting to bed early so you'll be
>ready for a fresh start on the trail of life the next day,  well, I'm
>sure anybody with any sense knows the right answer to this one, so let's
>be good boys and girls and hike yer own hike!  ;-)
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