The ATC says that it can take up to 12 weeks to process applications for the AT 2000 miler certificate. I wonder how long it actually takes?
And why should it take so long? Even if this is all done by volunteers (and I suspect that it is) It is just a matter of reading over a two page questionaire, then using a computer to print out a certificate (and I suspect the ATC has the document stored and a color printer to boot) and enclosing a rocker. I can't see how the whole process would take more than 15 minutes. Even with a couple thousand applicants a season.. it should not be a long drawn out process. So what am I missing here?
I am also interested as to why the ATC does not require more extensive documentation. The Green Mountain Club, for example, requires more than just dates hiked. They expect a hike summary which makes things harder to fudge.