|Pocosin Cabin, along the AT in Shenandoah National Park|
the culture and attitude of the people using the footpath is changing.I am disgusted, but given the change in our culture, not all that surprised. No editorial commentary necessary.
Jensen Bissell, director of the park, said in a letter to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy late last year that AT hikers are "open and deliberate in their desire for freedom from all rules and regulations." He warns that the trail may need to end somewhere besides Katahdin if something doesn't change soon. . . . Some say there appears to be a growing sense of entitlement among thru-hikers, many of whom are just out of college or have enough money to leave work for months at a time.
Complete story here.