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Re: [at-l] aWFul Putnam Mine...
- Subject: Re: [at-l] aWFul Putnam Mine...
- From: email@example.com (rick boudrie)
- Date: Mon, 11 Jun 2001 12:16:56 -0400
>Although I've heard it many times, I'm still at a loss as to what
>"traditional" thru-hiking actually means?
>Since it's such an individualistic endeavor, no two hikes are the same,
>hike your own hike, etc., what's the message?
No two endeavors of an kind will be the same. When I visit Trailplace I do
so with the full understanding that its creator is promoting an ethic that
he believes is worthy of consideration. Its up to the person visiting
Trailplace to accept or reject that message. IMHO, most people are smart
enough to make that decision for themselves.
Two of my favorite writers on some of the things that are rehashed on the
Trailplace site are Guy and Laura Waterman. They were way out in front of
WF on the issue of cell phones, for example. They were a bit more harsh in
their condemnation, however. The wrote that the mear existence of them in
the backcountry was to be descouraged. Their books got me thinking about a
whole lot of things. Some of the discussions on Trailplace do the same. I
think thats good, no matter what one draws as their own conclusion.
I don't see much harm in promoting what R&R refers to as traditional values.
Here is the comparison that I would draw: If a web site devoted to
international travel recommended learning the language and culture of the
native people, then further sang the praises of avoiding the international
chain hotels, that would be just fine! In doing so, that would not mean
everyone should eschew the 4 Seasons Hotel. It would not mean that there is
anything wrong with being met at the Airport by a tour guide and being
escorted to an airconditioned bus! No, not at all. It would simply mean
that the person devoting himself to the website has another vision. One
that he thinks can add a new dimension not only to the people who travel,
but to the areas that are visited by them. Again, promoting that kind of
international travbel ethic would not mean that any one way of travel is
best for everyone.
Like I said, I think most people are smart enought to absorb information and
then make their own decisions.
Rick Boudrie 19AT3
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