[at-l] But!

giniajim jplynch at crosslink.net
Mon Jan 18 17:12:37 CST 2010

I'll toss in something that might have been discussed in another venue some while back.  We all like the AT but it does have something of an artificiality to it.  Well marked, shelters, guide books that are pretty good, etc.  What would be neat would be to hike from Springer to Katahdin on blue blazed trails as much as they exist.  Now that would be an interesting challenge.  
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: nightwalker.at at gmail.com 
  To: AT-L 
  Sent: Monday, January 18, 2010 6:08 PM
  Subject: [at-l] But!

  I did enjoy the long discussion about bags, loft, temp-ratings, down quality, etc. It was pretty wide-ranging, no one got mad and those on the sidelines might have got something useful out of it.

  Here is another discussion I'd love to see: Does a single hike of 2,200 miles improve one's outdoor skills more than a number of hikes equalling the same miles? Does the series of shelters on the AT give some a false sense of security? Do days out count more for experiential improvement than miles walked?

  All useful questions. All questions that might not be able to be discussed anywhere else without getting uncivilized.

  We tend to get pretty crazy close to the even Novembers. But overall, this is the best place that I've seen to have a spirited discussion. Maybe that's just me.
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