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[pct-l] PCT Roving Party Animals!

In a message dated 9/2/01 5:00:03 PM Pacific Daylight Time, Slyatpct@aol.com 

<< the good guys were from the PCT and hadn't hiked the AT and the bad 
 apples, former AT hikers.  Is this true or is it the times?  What ever the 
 answer, it doesn't bode well for future hikers on either trail. >>

I certainly agree with you that this kind of behavior bodes unwell for future 
hikers.  But it isn't "the times".  It is the individual hiker, whether AT or 
PCT, at least those very few who cannot show a bit of respect for a helping 
hand when it is offered.  I will never understand what satisfaction anyone 
has in ruining another hiker's grand experience (much less their own.)  

A Trail Angel's payment is the thanks he gets, and the feeling that he has, 
in some way, helped us accomplish our goal.  If we have come to "the time" 
when it is socially acceptable to be an ass, then I only hope that this time 
will pass quickly before these people succeed in ruining the experience for 
everyone who walks our trails.