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2021-01-26 10:05:26 PM  
13 votes:
Without access to the Appalachian Trail, how is Mark Sanford going to find some new Argentinian Tail?
 
2021-01-27 12:07:55 AM  
4 votes:
Someone should make an Appalachian Trail computer rpg. That way you could role play as a good, neutral, or evil hiker. Every time you reach a town you can go there and sell your loot and buy needed items like health potions(aka food and drugs). The 'good' ending will be when you eventually rescue a lost group of child hikers and return them to their families. Then you walk off into the sunset because life on the trail has rendered you unfit to live in civilization. The bad ending has you slowly degenerate into a cannibal by the end of the game so those children suffer a different, less cheerful fate. Then you walk off into the sunset in search of more lost hikers.
 
2021-01-26 11:04:55 PM  
3 votes:
Still OK to tag team burn down buildings, riot, scream and march in mass crowds, not ok to solo hike outdoors.  Science.
 
2021-01-27 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 11:21:45 PM  
2 votes:
Sorry, folks. The serial killer pretending to be a park employee out front should have told ya.
 
2021-01-26 11:17:36 PM  
2 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.
 
2021-01-26 11:10:50 PM  
2 votes:
Is the Appalachian Trail that crowded that it would be a problem?
 
2021-01-27 2:46:28 AM  
1 vote:
Social distancing? Check?
Healthy exercise, good for mental health also? Check.
Escape from bad effects of confinement? Check.
Environment which kills with UV? Check.
Dispersion of virus (via distance and wind) so that it is statistically unlikely to be able to cause infection? Check.
Safe from bureaucrats ignoring science? Bzzzzzzzt!
If you carry and use a tent, instead of hiker's shelters, and continue to use masks appropriately, this is safer than most other outdoor activities.
 
2021-01-26 11:17:33 PM  
1 vote:

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 11:16:38 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 11:15:38 PM  
1 vote:
 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 11:08:11 PM  
1 vote:
This makes no damn sense.  Hiking on trails is one of the traditional ways to get the hell away from people.
 
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