[at-l] ATC 2000-miler patch; Re: Point A

giniajim jplynch at crosslink.net
Tue Jul 5 12:28:20 CDT 2011

The ATC application for a patch commemorating completion of the trail says 
(in part): "... those who apply for 2000-miler status have hiked all of the 
A.T. between Katahdin and Springer Mountain...".  The applicant signs the 
application after the affirmation: "I, <applicant's name>, verify that I 
have hiked the entire length of the Appalachian Trail."

They allow for "emergencies" and "honest effort to hike the entire trail 
even if  [the hiker] does not pass every white blaze".

Its really very simple!!   :)

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Marsha Lee" <atrailhiker at hotmail.com>
To: <at-l at backcountry.net>
Sent: Tuesday, July 05, 2011 12:56 PM
Subject: [at-l] Point A

When I was shuttling thru-hikers, they all had consistency in one thing: 
wherever I picked them up, I had to return them to the same exact point.

Let me exaggerate.

If I picked them up at the Trail Head coming out onto a forest road, they 
had to start exactly from that point that I dropped them off.

Drop off point A. Continue at point A, not across the road, even though to 
cross the road was only 20 feet. Continue at Point A, then cross the road. 
Got me ?

The very first time I shuttled someone, I knew what the word purist meant. 
If you talk to Miss Janet, Trail Angel Mary, Dave Levy, Warren, etc. they'll 
tell you the same thing. Don't you ever drop the hikers off across the 
road...you take them right to the point you picked them up. You know and 
they know. It is a mutual non-spoken agreement. What a hiker does in the 
woods would be of his own judgment: it could be due to an array of problems: 
tick bites, injuries, weather, etc. The hiker may have blue-blazed but have 
possibly re-hiked it. Maybe they didn't. But they used common sense and 
their own judgment.

I specifically remember several occasions where hikers on the AT and PCT 
both had to blue-blaze due to issues, in these instances their actions were 
justified and still considered a thru-hike. By whom?  Research it yourself, 
the information is out there. Each person's hike is unique where situations 
create a scenario that cannot and should never be judged by anyone other 
than the person hiking it. Period. Even though I-myself have stated in the 
past that I feel a blue-blazer is not a thru-hike, but later apologized and 
retracted my words. My idiot words of course because I was arguing with 

Just like this list. :)

The diversity of this list keeps it interesting. If we all agreed we'd be 
boring as hell and look elsewhere to advocate, educate piss, and complain.

Love to all,


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