I do a lot of backpacking and climbing, and I saw this while doing a section of the Appalachian trail north of the Nantahala gorge. The wood that is being "consumed" is a 2x8. I thought it looked funny, so I stopped and took the photo. Mike
I assume you're section hiking...good thinking! I've done
all of the trail, but pooped out in Maine. Section hiking is
definitely more fun that tromping along until it's just putting one foot in front of the other just to get along the
trail. Have fun!
Now, if trees were only a bit faster, they might just have a fighting chance.
I've done the AT in one chunk, back in '96 when I was a mere 33 years young. I could still manage it, but it would be a different trip for sure. I'd love to do more long distance hiking, but honestly there are so many people walking the nationally recognized trails that it has become more of a walking college party. I guess there is always Alaska... if it weren't so darn cold!
Kudos to you two for your accomplishments. I have been a backpacker all of my life, mostly in the western mountains and deserts. Eventually I took up mountaineering, but had to let that go due to age and injuries, but it sure was an exciting time in my life. Now in my late 60s, the best I can do is section hiking and 14ers. You are certainly right about the heavy use and party atmosphere. I try my best to avoid them, but it is getting to be more and more difficult. They are so full of hubris and at the same time so ignorant. Fortunately, these are mostly benign environments, so they don't often die when they do something stupid. Mike