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Re: Trail pecking order?
Denise K. Quick writes:
> Another thought on this topic: As a past thru-hiker (1991) I think it is
> totally unreasonable to think other hikers 'should' give up their
> shelter space for a thru-hiker. Thru hikers ARE priviledged to have the
> time and money and freedom in their lives to do THE trail!! Not only
> that, but there are so many people a thru-hiker meets who are so willing
> to go out of their way to be helpful and kind (that old Trail magic!),
> and we don't need all the good stuff!!
> A personal example may illustate this. Two summers after my thru-hike, I
> worked for the AMC in the White Mountains, and saw how a few thru-hiker
> with a bad attitude who expected to be treated better than the other
> hikers in the Whites really gave ALL thru-hikers a bad name most of the
> folks working in the backcountry of the Whites! I found this to be
> really regretable, as most of the backcountry folks and the thru-hikers
> are great people, with a lot in common. Yet there is a great deal of
> tension and name-calling on both sides.
Excellent post! I think everyone should remember (and I'm sure most
do) that the AT is for everyone, not just thru-hikers. I've seen some
"weekenders" who looked quite miserable and in need of a quick place
to crash. A "bottom line" for me is to use common sense and courtesy.
Personally, I wouldn't use the shelter, except as a last resort of
some sort, or when required, as 19 people in a 12-person trashed
shelter is not my idea of fun (yes, I do like people!), and I enjoy
tenting (yes, even in the rain).
Richard Hihn Phone:(518) 584-5000 (x2609)
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Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 Email:email@example.com
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