My typical register entry (when I bother) "EZ in EZ out"
E-Z---"from sea to shining sea''
CDT register in Pie Town, NM....
The best register was one in Lincoln, MT that went back to the late 70s!
IIRC, there were perhaps 6 or so registers I read on the CDT (not counting permit station ones).
Dang. I never considered that all those shelter register entries communicating where to party were for my safety.
The shelters I saw this summer in NC/TN were a mess. Lotz of trash. Really disgusting. I packed a lot out, but, there was too much.
The Hermit of Little Bald maintains the Little Bald shelter log. I'm not sure what he does with it when it's full.
I'm not really a hiker, I just play one on White Blaze.
By the way, it is my understanding a collection of registers will be part of the AT Museum when it is completed. If memory serves, they are actually working to acquire as many as they can because they often end up in a box in some storage room.
Stay away from the shelters if you don't like what they have to offer.
Everybody seeks the trail for their own reasons and experience. Some are livid with the presence of shelters. Some (like myself) love staying at some shelters.
I don't use women's restrooms, so who the hell am I to complain about whats in them?
As I recall, its a "hike your own hike" world... i use the AT to get away from people telling me what to do... to preach to others about the way things should be is blasphemy.
up over the hills, theres nothing to fear
theres a pub across the way with whisky and beer
its a lengthy journey on the way up to the top
but it ain't so bad if you have a great big bottle o'scotch