Jim Schmid’s Trail Quote of the Day #519 – March 15, 2017



The common goal of completing a trail could unite hiking clubs from multiple states and regions, often with assistance from federal and state agencies. Long days of shared labor were required in scouting, clearing, building, and maintaining the trails, and a shared philosophy of trail construction ensured at least a minimal level of uniformity. The result was a close-knit community of men and women with a shared culture of hiking and trail building.

— SILAS CHAMBERLIN, On the Trail: A History of American Hiking, 2016

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