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Re: [at-l] Trail Challenge vs Challenge of the Trail

Bridges over every little crossing may not be there just to keep your
tootsies dry.  The AT gets much use in some areas and if everyone tramped
the same streambank and kicked over the stones, there would in not too long
a time be a bog that wasn't intended by nature.  Many bridges over streams 
are there for the environment not for the hiker.  A detour around a mudslide
although done for passability at first may be left in place longer to allow 
the area to heal without foot traffic.  

In Harriman Park the AT has been rerouted many times (I have maps dating back
to the early 60's) just to even out the traffic damage.

I now relinquish the soapbox

happy trails
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