[at-l] Earl Shaffer's hike?

giniajim jplynch at crosslink.net
Tue Jul 5 15:20:39 CDT 2011

JB sed: "Are there hikers who cheat?".  JL sez:  Sure.  They're called 
"cheaters".  :)

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Jim Bullard" <jim.bullard at gmail.com>
To: "giniajim" <jplynch at crosslink.net>
Cc: <at-l at backcountry.net>
Sent: Tuesday, July 05, 2011 2:15 PM
Subject: Re: [at-l] Earl Shaffer's hike?

> 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
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> 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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