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Re[2]: Waterproof Boots ???

     definetely stay in the middle of the trail. the mud bogs only get 
     worse as we walk around and erode the side of the trail !!

>  i usually try to avoid prolonged marshy areas whenever 
This brings to mind areas of the trail that are one big mudhole.  It seems 
hikers seem to want to make the trail wider and wider in these spots because 
they don't want to get their boots a little muddy or wet. Isn't it better 
environmentally to just plow on through the gook and keep the trail narrow?
 I realize ocassionally there is no other way but to go around, but I am
speaking of the times where you do have a choice. It reminds me of the people 
I see running through the rain because they are afraid of the raindrops!!
 What is your opinion on this Jim Owens?  Others?
IL Fltlndr@aol.com
P.S.  I have a pair of Gortex Vasque Clarions and I won't buy Gortex again.
 I don't think it was worth it as after a short time your feet still get wet.