[cdt-l] The Troll
blisterfree at yahoo.com
Fri Jan 12 12:48:34 CST 2007
from dickebird at gmail.com:
>> Knowing what I do about land issues in the West, if you
>> can hike across New Mexico without trespassing and
>> climbing under, over or through a thousand fences--you're
>> road walking.
The person who actually believes it's impossible, e.g., to
hike across New Mexico without trespassing on private
property or walking roads is simply wrong. In fact, in many
cases the corollary works the other way, that to avoid the
easiest line of travel, along private, gated roads, one must
seek a path of greater resistance by traveling cross-country
around property lines. I'm speaking broadly, and not just
about the Continental Divide.
Nor is it correct to assume that climbing over barbed wire
fences is synonymous with trespassing. Stock fences run
through public land with equal prevalence as private land,
and boundary fences often separate sections of public land
from one another. Unfortunately, trespassing doesn't occur
on the convenient cues of fences or absences of roads, it
simply happens when you do it. And yes, it's easy to
trespass on private property in the West, but never let it
be said that it's impossible not to do so on a long hike, or
that doing so is a prerequisite for a genuine "experience"
in the backcountry.
>> By hiking the Divide I can't think of any laws that I
>> have broken.
I think I know where this sentiment comes from. But
expectations are sometimes out of line with reality, and
it's at these times that we most benefit from outside
criticism. Trespass if you want to, but just know what
you're doing, please, and reject self-delusion.
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