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Re: Trail pecking order?

Just a point of information - there is virtually no chance of being 
fined by the rangers.  The only regular patrols are done by the SMHC 
Ridgerunner & they don't (can't?) take that heavy-handed an approach.

Also, there's a recognition by the NPS that the three/shelter slack in 
the reservation system left for thruhikers is wholly inadequate & that 
the shelters will be overfull, especially weekends.  Two suggestions - 
don't overnight w/o a reservation (except thruhikers) & it you have a 
tent, be willing to make room for those who don't (but make sure to keep 
your food in the shelter - the bears do come around).

Just my .02 worth.
-Matt Perrenod