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Re: [nct-l] First law of hiking

Welcome, and thanks for your input.  The North Country Trail has a little
less than 2000 miles certified, i.e. marked, off-road, closed to vehicles,
and paperwork completed, with a good bit more marked but not certified,
usually because it is routed along roads.

Much of the northern half of the lower peninsula and most of the upper
peninsula is completed and certified.  The upper peninsula does have a
reputation for low quality of maintenance, but at last report, it has
pretty much all been taken care of.  There is also a new local chapter of
the NCTA in the western part of the UP, the Peter Wolfe Chapter, that
seems to be doing some great work.  

On Thu, 11 Nov 1999, Duane McDougall wrote:

> Ryan, and others, first an intro I'm Duane McDougall a 45 year old hiker 
> from Oscoda Mi. I'm also on the greatlakes hiker list so some folks know me 
> from there. Now as to the NTC, of course you need advertizing. I know very 
> little about it and I live and hike right here in Mi. Question: How much of 
> the trail is now done ? If say the Mi portion is done and people thru-hike 
> it that would get around. Look at the shore to shore of course it's closer 
> to me but most hikers in this area know about it even though it's mainly a 
> horse trail. And if say the UP portion is done and people thru-hike it that 
> again would get publicity. I would be interested in the UP section myself , 
> but I've heard that it's not marked well and easy to get lost on with all 
> the snowmobile trails. All these things take time, the points you bring up 
> are valid, and it sounds like you have a good start with  your organization. 
> With more and more use on the most popular trails the less known trails will 
> get more use, and of course more and more people are hiking now. One of my 
> goals is to thru-hike a long trail when I retire. I mainly think ACT or PCT 
> , but in 10yr when I retire if those trails are crowded I may instead hike 
> the NTC for a less crowded experience. Forgive my rambling, I don't bring up 
> much new just thought I could get some discussion going...Duane

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