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[at-l] Elitism, Wilderness & Through*Hikers
- Subject: [at-l] Elitism, Wilderness & Through*Hikers
- From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Jim and/or Ginny Owen)
- Date: Thu, 28 Jun 2001 20:01:26 -0000
Bob Cummings wrote:
>Someone referred to me recently as a "thru hiker." That's not a claim I
>Somehow I felt like a thru hiker, despite my dilly dallying.
>But unless I do the trail again, I'll never qualify for a 2000-miler patch
>and probably not even then.
How about we call you a "long distance hiker"? Which is what we all are
anyway regardless of how we do the trail :-)
>I hike the trail like I hunt deer. White blazes don't strike me as a scenic
>attraction and I quickly get bored looking for deer. So I tend to just go
>exploring the countryside. As a result, of course, I rarely have venison in
>my freezer and will never wear that patch.
You might enjoy the CDT - at least until it gets all connected. The "white
blazes" are still few and far between - in one section we walked over 150
miles without a "blaze".
I still think of you as a "thruhiker". To me that term has nothing to do
with "how" someone did the Trail - it's an indicator of mental attitude/
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