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    Getting out as much as I can..which is never enough. :) Mags's Avatar
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    Default Disgraceful New Hampshire Trails :)

    Not written by me..

    http://www.unionleader.com/article/20170609/OPINION04/170609327/0/FRONTPAGE


    To the Editor: My husband and I were hiking the Mount Jackson trail on May 27 with my son and family. We are veteran backpackers with 40 years of hiking experience. The trails in the White Mountains are a disgrace.

    You have to negotiate boulders and, basically, hike rocky stream beds to gain the most meager vistas and distance. These trails are dangerous and limit safe use to only athletes. All hiking trails anywhere have potential hazards for the unprepared. But the Mount Jackson trail raises those hazards to unacceptable levels. The boulders should be reduced to proper steps and the last section should have hand holds for safety. Trail maintenance should be a state priority so that more residents of New Hampshire can enjoy the beautiful mountains without risking serious injury.


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    We are veteran backpackers with 40 years of hiking experience.
    Darn entitled millenials.
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    This had to be a gag. No one is that special.
    enemy of unnecessary but innovative trail invention gadgetry

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sarcasm the elf View Post
    Darn entitled millenials.
    There are people who think like that
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    There's a good way to have good trails. Go make 'em. Trail clubs always happy to have volunteers.

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    Makes me want to book a flight to New Hampshire again soon.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Malto View Post
    This had to be a gag. No one is that special.

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    Trails are no different than ski slopes: some are Blue Circles, some are Black Diamonds. Not everyone can ski a black diamond, but that doesn't mean all black diamonds should be scrapped.

    I do think there is a case to be made for a trail rating system.


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    Quote Originally Posted by TX Aggie View Post
    Trails are no different than ski slopes: some are Blue Circles, some are Black Diamonds. Not everyone can ski a black diamond, but that doesn't mean all black diamonds should be scrapped.

    I do think there is a case to be made for a trail rating system.


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    I meant green circles/blue squares. Been too long since I skied.


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    Unfortunately she is from my state of Alabama so yes she can be that stupid . . . feeling so embarrassed.
    I am not young enough to know everything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Malto View Post
    This had to be a gag. No one is that special.
    the exact same opinion, more or less, has been expressed on this very website countless times by people who most sincerely meant it.

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    welcome to true nature. U must learn to enjoy it.
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    After a few years of sidehilling trail in Southwest VA, I did some cursing going up Mr Garfield south bound. The steep boulder crawling was damn tough halfway thru attempting Crawford Notch to Franconia Notch in a day. Once I made the summit, a local told me Kinsman would be much harder. I almost cried. (It wasn't harder).

    Thanks for sharing Mags. And great to hear you on The Trail Show again.

    Beautiful views but some tough hiking. And yes they know hiw to move rocks... I took the gondola down Wildcat Mountain for lunch. No rocks on the ski slopes... but the hike down the AT to Pinkham Notch had plenty. ☺

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    We're quite proud of our disgraceful trails up here in the Whites.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slo-go'en View Post
    We're quite proud of our disgraceful trails up here in the Whites.
    Same in Vermont. If you want easy hiking, northern New England is not the place to be. If you want to improve the trails, volunteer. Otherwise, qwityerbitchin. There's always bowling.

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    Yeah, the AT is uphill all the way to the big K, & I'm tired of those rocks too. Let's start a campaign right here to start hauling those suckers out of the way. If we clear the trail, we can have one of those "people movers" put in & solve a lot of problems - reduce mud, make it easier for dog's paws, maybe make it easier to bring in those pizzas to the shelters. Let's get movin on this folks! Why didn't we think of this sooner?

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    Hiked AT Mitzpah hut SoBo to Greenleaf hut last week. First time hiking in NH. Very challenging and very rewarding. Woods were like pacific NW from the damp weather. Just had to add 20 minutes a mile to go slow and steady on the rocks, but the granite gives way better grip than the smooth rock further south. Thanks to AMC and all who maintain this gorgeous trail.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mags View Post
    http://www.unionleader.com/article/2...27/0/FRONTPAGE

    To the Editor: My husband and I were hiking the Mount Jackson trail on May 27 with my son and family. We are veteran backpackers with 40 years of hiking experience. The trails in the White Mountains are a disgrace.

    You have to negotiate boulders and, basically, hike rocky stream beds to gain the most meager vistas and distance. These trails are dangerous and limit safe use to only athletes. All hiking trails anywhere have potential hazards for the unprepared. But the Mount Jackson trail raises those hazards to unacceptable levels. The boulders should be reduced to proper steps and the last section should have hand holds for safety. Trail maintenance should be a state priority so that more residents of New Hampshire can enjoy the beautiful mountains without risking serious injury.
    Mall walking is not to be confused with hiking, no matter what kind of gear your husband wears on his belt and the nice colorful purse that hangs on your back as a backpack. While the escalators can be challenging, I'm not sure 40 years of escalators and polished flat floors give you the gravitas needed to complain about places outside Nordstrom's proximity. However I wish you luck in life, if this was a surprise, I can't wait until you experience interstate highways near major cities at rush hour.

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    Mt. Washington has a road to the top. She could have walked to the shop for a snack, taken a picture at the sign and driven back to the resort by noon. Then she could go home and tell everyone about the time she hiked in the Whites.

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    "Disgraceful state of New Hampshire Trails." Ah. I understand now. New Hampshire doesn't have "trails." That is why the OP is confused. "Trails" are highly overrated anyway. We just leap from rock to rock, like mountain goats.

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