[at-l] GSNP Backcountry reservation and fee system

Tim Rich athiker89 at yahoo.com
Wed Mar 7 14:19:38 CST 2012

Backpackers creating a national stir.  Pshaw.

I love hiking, backpacking in particular.  My completion of the trail will remain a part of me for as long as I live, and I intend to hike as long as I live.

That being said, backpacking is a tiny, tiny, tiny, tiny portion of the fabric of our nation.  A band of hikers bravely demonstrating against a horrible, horrible $4 fee comes up a bit short when compared to a people literally hiking for their lives.  It's an embarrassing comparison.  Those who are immersed in their tiny corners of civilization lack perspective to consider there are more important matters than free access to National Parks.  That ship sailed long ago.  That it is now on your doorstep and you screech righteous indignation only shows your ignorance of past events.

Suck it up and pay, Warren, or let this be further evidence that you be a penny pinching scofflaw.  Otherwise, selling "Occupy SNMP" T-shirts might be just the thing to get those coffers a-chinging.

Take Care,


 From: Warren Doyle <warrendance at gmail.com>
To: at-l at backcountry.net 
Sent: Wednesday, March 7, 2012 1:06 PM
Subject: [at-l] GSNP Backcountry reservation and fee system

Ridiculous. First the government reduces/threatens our individual freedoms and then it seeks to reduce our mountain FREEdom. Where was the ATC and ALDHA on this? How about the NPS AT Park office? All I can say is: catch me if you can.

If anyone would like to be in a high-profile, principled, non-violent, group action concerning this, I'm willing to organize something like this around 2013 National Trails Day. If a band of Cherokees could hike out from forced removal by government troops, surely 200-300 unregistered, unpaid backpackers organized to occupy the park for a few days could create a national stir on this all-important mountainFREEdom issue.

For the FREEdom of the hills,

Warren Doyle
Founder/Co-Director - Appalachian Folk School
423-341-1843 (cell)


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