[at-l] Earl Shaffer's hike?

Jim Bullard jim.bullard at gmail.com
Tue Jul 5 13:15:27 CDT 2011

And they expect hikers to use their own judgement, not take a poll of AT-L.

Are there hikers who cheat? Undoubtedly. No matter what activity you name
there are a few who cheat. All I'm saying is that Earl set the standard. No
one else had hiked from GA to ME before him. ATC recognized it with a good
deal more scrutiny than is applied today to hikers who clearly have a much
easier hike than he did. In the end though, your achievement is yours alone.
Comparisons to what someone else does or does not do diminishes your
satisfaction only to the extent that you allow it to. Hiking isn't a contest
or at least IMO, shouldn't be.

Jim Bullard

On Tue, Jul 5, 2011 at 2:00 PM, giniajim <jplynch at crosslink.net> wrote:

> The ADTC doesn't use the terminology "as far as practicable."
> The exact quote from the ATC web site is:
> "We recognize blue-blazed trails or officially required road-walks as
> viable
> substitutes for the official, white-blazed route in the event of an
> emergency, such as a flood, a forest fire, or an impending storm on an
> exposed, high-elevation stretch"
> Note the use of the term: "emergency".
> The ATC has another requirement: "We operate on the honor system"
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