[pct-l] What do you say to mountain bikers on the PCT?
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Sat Oct 26 18:31:34 CDT 2013
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On Sat, Oct 26, 2013 at 4:23 PM, marmot marmot
<marmotwestvanc at hotmail.com> wrote:
> The section south of Belden was completely chewed up from mtn. bikers for miles & miles. Every switchback had deep groves. Can't remember is that section L? After getting water from mtn bikers on the CDT, I was trying to be more tolerant but that really pushed me back. I'm taking pictures. If nothing else it might make them uncomfortable. Marmot
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>> On Oct 26, 2013, at 12:23 PM, "Eric Martinot" <eric at martinot.info> wrote:
>> While hiking CA Section L southbound a few weeks ago during the
>> government shutdown, I was passed by about 18 mountain bicyclists spread
>> out over two days, all going northbound. The trail tread ahead was
>> entirely bike tracks.
>> I spent considerable thought mulling over what to say to them. Early
>> encounters were treated just like encountering other hikers, discussing
>> trail conditions ahead, water, general hiker comments, have a good day.
>> And I was happy to see other humans on the trail in late season, to see
>> other people on remote isolated sections of trail. And I had respect for
>> their strength and skill to be biking such a difficult and remote trail.
>> But presuming they all knew they were not supposed to be there, what
>> does one say? Nothing? Or take a hard-line attitude: "Get the f--- off
>> the trail, you are not supposed to be here" (?) Or: "You're causing
>> too much trail erosion and turning the trail into a difficult-to-hike
>> ditch." (?) (I wondered if that is true, bike tires vs. feet vs. horse
>> hooves.) Or perhaps, "from your presence, I've lost the serenity of the
>> trail because I'm constantly having to be aware of what might be
>> barreling down a narrow steep section of trail towards me so I can jump
>> out of the way to avoid a collision, and can't listen to music and zone
>> out as I usually do on the trail."
>> Then towards the end, I met a day-hiker who lived locally, and I asked
>> him whether so many bikes on the trail was normal for this part of the
>> PCT, and shared my dilemma of what to say to them. He said no, normally
>> the potential $500 fines and mid-season influx of hikers kept the
>> bicyclists off the trail, but that the government shutdown had removed
>> that threat and the bicyclists were having a field day in the absence of
>> authority. Not sure if I believe that fully, but interesting if true,
>> and makes the question of what to say less important than I had thought!
>> So, never mind!
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