Jim Schmid’s Trail Quote of the Day #579 – May 14, 2017

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We have to get away from looking at [trail] maintenance as a ‘duty’ and as ‘work,’ and start selling it as a fun sport separate from hiking with its own types of equipment, styles, methods, approaches, rewards, etc. Why is the maintainer looking up to the hiker? Why is the greater dream to walk 2000 miles and not to maintain the perfect 5-mile section?

—JOHN SCHOEN, member of the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference, 1981


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