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RE: [ft-l] Day hike or thruhike

In 1966, when I got involved with FTA in Gainesville, the goal of the
organization was to build a hiking trail running the length of the state
**so that any member anywhere in the state would have a hiking trail
conveniently close by**. Long distance hiking was NOT the primary thing
that the Gainesville group had in mind. We wanted hiking trails close to us
so we could use them regularly. If someone wanted to do long distance
hiking, that was OK too, but it was not the primary goal.

We had many day hikes and not very many long distance hikes planned. 

And to quote someone on this list,

'nuf said, Pam.

- Carl Strohmenger

On Mon, 3 Jan 2000, Hale, Pamela wrote:

> Just a friendly reminder that the primary mission of the Florida Trail
> Association is to "build a continuous hiking trail the length of Florida." 
> Long distance hiking is what the founders had in mind.  
> Early FTA newsletters were full of backpacking trips, with an occasional day
> hike or canoe trip thrown in for variety.  Over the years however, the
> population influx, as well as societal changes in general, have shifted the
> activity focus from high-prep extended activities to day trips.  We could
> discourse a great length about why people want to do more things in less time,
> but the fact is they just do.  So those are the types of activities the FTA
> currently provides in abundance.
> Which is also why we should not lose site of the "prime directive", and why
> keeping the long distance hikers in the loop is essential.  Distance hiking and
> day treks fulfill different objectives for different groups of people, but they
> are still both similar enough (both mean outdoor walking) that the FTA-- which
> has the depth of experience to handle it-- should consider both in its forward
> planning.
> 'nuf said.
> Pam
> In a message dated 1/3/00 10:33:51 AM Eastern Standard Time, 
> cstrohme@com1.med.usf.edu writes:
> >  I don't understand the
> >  emphasis on the FNST as opposed to local trails.
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