[at-l] Earl Shaffer's hike
AThiker at smithville.net
Mon Jul 4 18:59:56 CDT 2011
On 7/4/2011 7:39 PM, Jim Bullard wrote:
> Apparently I've PO'd Felix. Sorry if you felt it was a
> personal attack Felix but I did start by saying that was
> the way I see it. I'm glad you enjoyed your hike but
> obviously I hike for different reasons than you.
AND....this is the most important thing, Jim....YOU DON'T
CALL IT A THRU-HIKE!!!! And, I am with you 100%. That's why
I section hike! Because I love being in the woods. I love
walking. I love nature. I love it all. I am, however, tired
of the word 'purist' being used as a derogatory description
of someone's hike. Everyone rides their "hike your own hike"
horse and then calls a purist 'self-righteous', etc. I
passed every blaze (and, there weren't that many for a
southbounder) because that's what I was supposed to do. It
may not be what everyone else is supposed to do. I went to
hike the whole trail, and that's what I did. Are you sure
we hike for different reasons?
> On Mon, Jul 4, 2011 at 7:32 PM, Felix J
> <AThiker at smithville.net <mailto:AThiker at smithville.net>>
> On 7/4/2011 12:20 PM, Jim Bullard wrote:
>> And the anal retentive crowd will have one more thing
>> to feel self-righteous about.
>> I for one have never believed it was about honoring a
>> bunch of paint marks on trees, rather it was "/To
>> see. And to see what you see/". The trail is a path
>> /through /the woods along the Appalachian Mountain
>> chain. It isn't about itself. It's about the the
>> woods and the mountains that it traverses. Hiking it
>> is a ritual or pilgrimage, not unlike the rituals of
>> religion, meant to lead the participant to a larger,
>> transcendent experience. The path or ritual takes you
>> to the emotional and spiritual space where you can be
>> open to and experience that transcendence, but if you
>> get trapped in the physical ritual, you will miss the
> I went to hike the whole trail. and, that's what I
> did. And, I had a helluva time doing it. Anybody
> who says I didn't enjoy my hike to the fullest extent
> because I was a purist is, quite simply, full of
> shit. And, anybody who fails a thru-hike and says it
> is because it 'was about the journey and not the
> destination' is full of shit. Doesn't mean they
> didn't have a helluva time. It doesn't mean they
> didn't see what they saw. It means they failed a
> thru-hike. What is so hard to understand about that?
> I'm not sure about rituals and pilgrimages....my hike
> was neither. I went to hike the whole trail. and,
> that's what I did.
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Felix J. McGillicuddy
ALT '03 KT '03
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