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Old 09-29-2021, 10:46 AM   #10
TCD
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Good discussion by all. Lots of common sense here.

Taking into account the range of ability is important! I used to be a "middle-of-the-pack" trail runner (9 hour Great Range) and as such, I could literally fly over obstacles, and make any trail look easy. Now age (65) has caught up a bit in my knees, so I hike more "normally" and I really understand this point. The key is to recognize the user population for each specific route and do maintenance accordingly.

Also a very good point that this type of "hardened" trail is only needed in a few areas, and many areas can be left more rustic.

Now if we can only wake up Albany, which is failing spectacularly at all of this over the last 20 years.
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