[pct-l] History of Backpacking

Jackie McDonnell yogihikes at gmail.com
Mon Nov 28 12:43:54 CST 2011

I agree with Shon.

Reinhold is a dirty old man who gets his kicks by posting messages to the
list which are any combination of:  sexually inappropriate, mean spirited,
antagonistic, and which have nothing to do with the PCT or backpacking.

I have complained about Reinhold to the list administrator.  I was
basically told "that's just Reinhold.  He's a nice guy in person.  If you
don't like it, then block his emails."  What a load of crap.  And FYI, yes,
I've met him many times.  He's a creep.

I'm not the first person to complain about Reinhold, and I'm not the last.
 After I complained, I was put on moderated status, and my posts to the
list did not go through until the administrator reviewed them first.  I
suspect after this email, that will happen again.

I have blocked his emails.  But blocking Reinhold does not block those
messages posted in response to Reinhold.

Reinhold has hiked a lot had held the JMT record for many years.  Maybe
that's why his crap is tolerated here.  It's unacceptable.  He should be
removed from the list.


On Mon, Nov 28, 2011 at 12:25 PM, shon mcganty <smcganty at yahoo.com> wrote:

> This diatribe contributes not one single helpful piece of information to
> the backpacking community and effectively puts down not only liberals but
> all people who are not named JMT Reinhold and Switchback by calling them
> wimpy and wusses.  Screw you!
> Could whom ever monitors this blog please block all entries by this nasty
> blogger JMT Reinhold.  It is mean spirited and has no place here on this
> site (or I have no place or desire to be apart of this site).
> Shon McGanty
> (And JMT Reinhold, don't try calling be a liberal or a wimp becasue I'm
> writing to complain, that's all to easy and predictable.  If you  want to
> connect me personally off site at smcganty at yahoo.com, I'd love to have a
> few words with you).
> ________________________________
> From: Reinhold Metzger <reinholdmetzger at cox.net>
> To: PCT <pct-l at backcountry.net>; "Hiker97 at aol.com" <Hiker97 at aol.com>;
> Deems <losthiker at sisqtel.net>; MONTE DODGE <montedodge at msn.com>; scott
> williamson <duckface99 at gmail.com>; Acu4harmony at aol.com
> Sent: Monday, November 28, 2011 2:32 AM
> Subject: [pct-l] History of Backpacking
> To my hiking buddies, those who like history and those who don't know
> much about history.
> Here is a condensed version (a refresher course for some)  on the
> history of backpacking.
> Before addressing the history of backpacking one must first address the
> history of man, to see the parallels.
> Humans originally existed as members of small bands of nomadic
> hunters/gatherers.
> They lived on deer in the mountains during the summer and would go to
> the coast and live on fish and lobster in the winter.
> The two most important events in all of history were the invention of
> beer and the invention of the wheel.
> The wheel was invented to get man to the beer.
> These were the foundation of modern civilization and together were the
> catalyst for the splitting of humanity into two distinct subgroups:
> 1. Liberals
> 2. Conservatives
> Once beer was invented it required grain and that was the beginning of
> agriculture.
> Neither the glass bottle or aluminum can were invented yet.
> So while early humans were sitting around waiting for them to be
> invented they just stayed close to the brewery.......that's how villages
> were formed.
> Some men spend their days tracking and killing animals to BBQ at night
> while they were drinking beer.
> This was the beginning of what is known as the Conservative movement.
> Other men who were weaker and less skilled at hunting learned to live of
> the conservatives by showing up for the nightly BBQ's and doing the
> sewing, fetching, and hair dressing.
> This was the beginning of the Liberal movement.
> Some of these liberal men eventually evolved into women and became known
> as girlie-men.
> Some noteworthy liberal achievements include the domestication of cats,
> the invention of group therapy, group hugs, and the concept of
> democratic voting to decide how to divide the meat and beer that the
> conservatives provided.
> Over the years conservatives became to be symbolized by the largest,
> most powerful land animal, on earth....the elephant.
> Liberals are symbolized by the jackass for obvious reasons.
> Modern liberals like imported beer (with lime added), but most prefer
> white wine or imported bottled water.
> They eat raw fish and like their beef well done.
> Sushi, tofu, and French food are standard liberal fare.
> Another interesting evolutionary side note: most of their women have
> higher testosterone levels than their men.
> Most social workers, personal attorneys, journalists, dreamers in
> Hollywood and group therapists are liberals.
> Liberals invented the designated hitter rule because it wasn't fair to
> make the pitcher also bat.
> Conservatives drink domestic beer, mostly Bud or Miller.
> They ear red meat and still provide for their women.
> Conservatives are big game hunters, rodeo cowboys, lumberjacks,
> construction workers, firemen, medical doctors, police officers,
> engineers, corporate executives, athletes, members of the military,
> airline pilots and generally anyone who works productively.
> Conservatives who own companies hire other conservatives who want to
> work for a living.
> Liberals produce little or nothing....they like to govern the producers
> and decide what to do with the production.
> Liberals believe Europeans are more enlightened than Americans.
> That is why most the liberals remained in Europe when conservatives were
> coming to America.
> They crept in after the Wild West was tamed and created a business of
> trying to get more for nothing.
> Early backpackers were robust hardcore men like Switchback and Reinhold
> that ventured into the wilderness with everything they needed, to
> survive anything Mother Nature would throw at them, carried in big wood
> or metal frame backpacks.
> Then, similar to the American settlement, after the wilderness was tamed
> by the likes of Switchback and Reinhold, the liberals crept in.
> The liberals thought it was not fair that only hardcore Mountain Men
> like Switchback and Reinhold should be able to venture into the
> wilderness because the weaker, less robust could not carry such heavy
> packs.
> They thought it was not fair for the weaker, less robust to have to
> carry such heavy packs.
> That was the beginning of the  "UL (ultra light) Revolution".
> Also, unlike the conservative hikers who eat things with "horse power"
> like Beef Stroganoff, Beef Steak and Noodles, Lasagna with Meat Sauce,
> etc,....the liberals tend to eat things like Tofu, Sushi, Humus and like
> to filter their water......they say it is more civilized.
> They also think that their way of hiking is the correct and civilized
> way and and like to criticize the conservatives way of hiking.
> And there you have it folks...."The History of Backpacking"  as seen
> through the eyes of JMT Reinhold.
> It should be noted that a liberal may have a momentary urge to angrily
> respond to the above.
> A conservative will simply laugh and be so convinced of the absolute
> truth of this history that it will be forwarded immediately to other
> true believers and to more liberals just to tick them off.
> I think I will now sign off and retreat to the safety of my  "Lurker
> Bunker"  for I hear the distant thunder of the
> "Heavy Artillery", aimed at me by those that don't believe in the
> absolute truth of this history lesson.
> Hope to see you all on the trail someday.
> JMT Reinhold
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