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2021-01-26 11:08:11 PM  
13 votes:
This makes no damn sense.  Hiking on trails is one of the traditional ways to get the hell away from people.
 
2021-01-26 11:13:30 PM  
9 votes:
Probably a good idea.  Sigh...

The shelters are crowded AF on a normal year.  With so much interest now, it wouldn't be possible to camp there safely and yes...even when you have a tent, you still camp near the shelters.

Toilets and clean water are nice treats.  Hard to pass up.
 
2021-01-26 11:14:51 PM  
7 votes:

FarkQued: Still OK to tag team burn down buildings, riot, scream and march in mass crowds, not ok to solo hike outdoors.  Science.


OgreMagi: This makes no damn sense.  Hiking on trails is one of the traditional ways to get the hell away from people.


abhorrent1: Is the Appalachian Trail that crowded that it would be a problem?


I could copy and paste the article, but if you can't be bothered to click, why should I think you'd bother to read?
 
2021-01-26 11:15:38 PM  
6 votes:
 Those hikers come through the 71 miles of trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park and reach western North Carolina trail towns like Franklin and Hot Springs, in March and April, when they gather in large numbers to rest, mend gear and resupply.

They also stay at shelters in close quarters along the trail
. The shelters don't allow for the CDC's COVID-safety guidelines, which include maintaining social distance of at least 6 feet from those who don't live in the same household and washing hands often with soap and water
.

So it makes sense.  Hikers use common facilities along the AT and it's not like those things are getting cleaned regularly.

/No need for the dog-whistling upthread
 
2021-01-26 11:04:55 PM  
6 votes:
Still OK to tag team burn down buildings, riot, scream and march in mass crowds, not ok to solo hike outdoors.  Science.
 
2021-01-26 11:56:30 PM  
4 votes:

OgreMagi: This makes no damn sense.  Hiking on trails is one of the traditional ways to get the hell away from people.


If you're hiking the full it even most of the trail, you'll be sleeping in lean-tos in close contact with strangers. Without group support from strangers, hiking the Appalachian is very difficult. So I'd say hikes are entirely fine, but don't expect support for week or month long hikes. I get it.
 
2021-01-26 11:17:33 PM  
4 votes:

abhorrent1: Is the Appalachian Trail that crowded that it would be a problem?


Depends on the stretch of trail you're talking about.   There are a lot of logistical choke points where you bunch up.  Also, there are a LOT of non thru hikers who use resources they shouldn't in popular areas and it causes some rather heartbreaking overcrowding in spots.
 
2021-01-26 11:17:36 PM  
3 votes:

UNC_Samurai: Those hikers come through the 71 miles of trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park and reach western North Carolina trail towns like Franklin and Hot Springs, in March and April, when they gather in large numbers to rest, mend gear and resupply.

They also stay at shelters in close quarters along the trail. The shelters don't allow for the CDC's COVID-safety guidelines, which include maintaining social distance of at least 6 feet from those who don't live in the same household and washing hands often with soap and water.

So it makes sense.  Hikers use common facilities along the AT and it's not like those things are getting cleaned regularly.

/No need for the dog-whistling upthread


It still makes no sense.  You close those public facilities and impose distancing at the gathering places.
 
2021-01-27 8:08:49 AM  
2 votes:

FarkQued: Still OK to tag team burn down buildings, riot, scream and march in mass crowds, not ok to solo hike outdoors.  Science.


Lol what did antifa fark your wife?
 
2021-01-27 2:33:52 AM  
2 votes:
Last fall I was grateful one person had brought spray paint with them to block out the "N" word spray painted on a rock not 200 yds from the parking lot. The spot with the blm Flag is a power line locally known as shock rock, it has a sign threatening a $5000 fine for painting on the rocks. The flag was painted after the sign went up.  Paint your artistic, political, love or hate expression on your own house, leave the woods as you found them. Pics are looking north from the AT -
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Shock Rock, Susquehanna river in the distance.
 
2021-01-27 1:22:18 AM  
2 votes:

Patmaniac: A few pics from the Central PA-AT last week. Yahoos can't just leave their spray paint at home. I usually go out alone so I was pretty surprised to see a rock hard boner. I had to wonder if the person who painted blm on the flag also tossed the empty twisted tea can. [Fark user image 400x300][Fark user image 300x400]


I'd love to follow the dipshiats that do that kind of thing home and just trash their place when they go to work.  Paint a giant dick on their garage door, shiat in their mailbox, shave their dog.  They wouldn't learn a damn thing, but it would serve notice to the neighbors that they live next to an asshole.
 
2021-01-26 11:33:01 PM  
2 votes:

Prevailing Wind: abhorrent1: Is the Appalachian Trail that crowded that it would be a problem?

Depends on the stretch of trail you're talking about.   There are a lot of logistical choke points where you bunch up.  Also, there are a LOT of non thru hikers who use resources they shouldn't in popular areas and it causes some rather heartbreaking overcrowding in spots.


What are these resources the non thru hikers use that they shouldn't? The shelters? Designated camping areas?
 
2021-01-26 11:24:14 PM  
2 votes:
"They're closing down the trials" which amounts to there is no longer anybody there to tell you what to do.
 
2021-01-26 11:18:42 PM  
2 votes:

Enigmamf: FarkQued: Still OK to tag team burn down buildings, riot, scream and march in mass crowds, not ok to solo hike outdoors.  Science.

OgreMagi: This makes no damn sense.  Hiking on trails is one of the traditional ways to get the hell away from people.

abhorrent1: Is the Appalachian Trail that crowded that it would be a problem?

I could copy and paste the article, but if you can't be bothered to click, why should I think you'd bother to read?


Well aren't you edgy.
 
2021-01-27 9:24:29 AM  
1 vote:
PFFFFFFT!  AT hikers will still hike. There were groups still going North through Shenandoah National Park last spring when everything including the park was closed.  Already lining up AT shuttles for April and May.

Many AT hikers will get lyme, give-up the hike, break something, or have a family emergency before they catch or pass covid to each other.

PATC and ATC just erring on safety.
 
2021-01-27 7:49:25 AM  
1 vote:

Ruthven13: Prevailing Wind: abhorrent1: Is the Appalachian Trail that crowded that it would be a problem?

Depends on the stretch of trail you're talking about.   There are a lot of logistical choke points where you bunch up.  Also, there are a LOT of non thru hikers who use resources they shouldn't in popular areas and it causes some rather heartbreaking overcrowding in spots.

What are these resources the non thru hikers use that they shouldn't? The shelters? Designated camping areas?


Yes. There's nothing like setting up your tent in a storm while the shelter is filled to the brim with frat boys "just chillin for the weekend".
 
2021-01-27 12:47:25 AM  
1 vote:
A few pics from the Central PA-AT last week. Yahoos can't just leave their spray paint at home. I usually go out alone so I was pretty surprised to see a rock hard boner. I had to wonder if the person who painted blm on the flag also tossed the empty twisted tea can. 
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2021-01-26 11:16:38 PM  
1 vote:
I know when I have aches, chills and a fever, I'm thinking, "Damn! It's camp go time!"
 
2021-01-26 11:10:50 PM  
1 vote:
Is the Appalachian Trail that crowded that it would be a problem?
 
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