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Re: [at-l] new to list



Rick -
As I recall, if you're gonna lead groups in New England some
of the states require that you be First Responder qualified.

Walk softly,
Jim


>Hi -
>
>My name is Rick Mann and I am new to the list.  I did 900 miles of AT day
>hikes last summer, some in each of the forteen states, living out of my
>van.  My trail name was 'Pittsburgh'.  'Gutsy' mentions me at her
>Manchester Center journal entry (June 10th, I think).  I hooked up with
>"LetItBe' for five or six weeks, from Sunrise Mountain to Gorham NH.
>
>I'll be hosting a northbound group hike this summer, leaving Easter
>weekend.  A support van will follow, carrying the gear and providing food,
>water, necessities, cooking fuel, laundry. etc.  Any comments or
>suggestions are welcome.  Join us if you can.  $2.50/mile (restaurants,
>hostels, motels, transport, entertainments included).
>
>I have been contacting all of the National Parks, State Parks, Forest
>Services, etc., in which the trail lands run through. Since my hike is
>(technically) a commercial operation, what I want to know is the
>restrictions on commercial operations through these lands.  Most do not
>require any permits, licenses or fees.  Of those that do, GSMNP is the
>worst.  In order for the van to park at Newfound Gap and resupply the
>group (a few hours at the most), I need to register as a guide, send in a
>guide application ($100 application fee), pay another $300 or $400 if
>accepted as a guide, and get hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of
>insurance.  GSMNP doesn't differentiate between someone using their lands
>for 365 days a year, versus a few hours of one day!  Any suggestions?
>
>Rick Mann
>rmann@eng.appl.ge.com
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