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07-04-2011, 10:41
does the AT have more riff raff than a decade ago or do forums and blogs just make it seem that way? I was a RdgeRunner in 96 and I think I had 2 incidents in 4 months, neither were that big of deal and nothing like I read about going on now. "better" info or more scum?

sometimes less is more

07-04-2011, 11:09
I think thers more riff raff on WB.

07-04-2011, 11:12
Riff Raff dominates Trail Days.

07-04-2011, 11:19
I think a lot of it is just jitters from people who dont have a lot of experience on the trail. Weve had a lot of posts lately about bears, lightning, the usual stuff. Instantaneous news reports , and a multitude of delivery systems, bring news to a lot more people than ever before.Just as the news on TV accentuates on "bad stuff" which is a very, very small percentage of the real world, which is by and far a freindly, caring place, so is the AT.

07-04-2011, 12:04
I think there's more riffraff on WB.

The overwhelming majority have better things to do with their time hence the skewed representation.

Riff Raff dominates Trail Days.

Like dirty dishes in a sink, riffraff attracts more of the same.

07-04-2011, 14:40
The riffraff have always been out there and bad things have always happend, the internet makes it easier to find out about it these days.

07-04-2011, 16:46
I only started to hike the AT eight years ago, so yes, the AT now has more riff raff on it that 10 years ago. :)

07-04-2011, 18:07
My experience is that most of the riff raff has left the trail before they get to Vermont.....hiking long distances isn't easy !!!!

Stir Fry
07-04-2011, 21:25
Not sure if its rif raf or just inexpereced hikers. I sections hike in the South and see more problems in the first 200 miles then after that.