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[ft-l] Re:What Makes A Good Trail

Chuck - you are so right on you must be in my brain somewhere!
bamboo bob
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From: <FLswampeagle@aol.com>
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Sent: Sunday, April 20, 2003 6:48 PM
Subject: [ft-l] Re:What Makes A Good Trail

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> Of course, different hikers have different needs and different
> Here are some of mine:
> - A well marked trail, even the roadwalks and thru towns, all turns double
> blazed with an easily visible confirmation blaze within site of the turn.
> - I think ten miles, plus or minus a mile, is a reasonable distance
> campsites, most backpackers can easily make ten miles per day and those
> want to push it can make twenty.
> - I think shelters are a waste of resources.  With tents that weigh 2-5
> most hikers can easily tote one.  Campsites are much more important.
> shelters require maintenance and draw rodents and vermin.
> - Campsites amenities in priority order: 1. Seclusion  2. Water source
>  3. Picnic table.
> - Towns? I like small towns and if I arrive there late in the day I look
> forward to a pizza and a cheap motel room. Telephone, Laundromat, grocery
> store and beer are also important (not in priority order).  If I arrive
> before mid-afternoon, I get what I need and move on.
> - Permits and advance reservations are a pain for hikers, especially
> thru-hikers.  I do not mind stopping to register at a kiosk or "Iron
> along the trail but calling ahead and projecting anticipated arrival dates
> dreaded by all.
> Deb, thanks for the opportunity to vent.
> Chuck
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