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[at-l] Re: Groups on the AT
- Subject: [at-l] Re: Groups on the AT
- From: ATTurtle@stratos.net (Robert Shroy)
- Date: Thu, 26 Jun 1997 18:44:08 +0000
> I'm an experienced backpacker but new to the South East and am looking =
> for some advice. I'm planning a trip to cover 50 miles of the AT next =
> June with our BSA Troop. I'm looking for any advice on the logistics =
> side of things. We have a solid support group that will be droping us =
> off and picking us up so parking will not be a problem. Are there any =
> rules/guidelines regarding group size or number of tents etc? Any =
> advice would be appreciated.
> Rich Deschler
A number of the local maintaining groups prefer that large groups not
hike on the AT.
For example, the guide book for MD and N. VA says " The policy of
the ATC is that groups planning to spend one or more nights on the
the Trail should not exceed 10 people.... unless the local
maintaining organization has made special arrangements to both
accomodate the group and protect Trail values.'
This is a topic that is greatly debated. I guess that
a big group might cause localized damage, since they tend to
concentrate in one place. I also suspect that all large groups are
suffering because of the sins of a few that have caused damage.
It certainly would be better
if you were self-contained and did not need to use the shelters.
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