Jim Schmid’s Trail Quote of the Day #762- Nov 13, 2017

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The Appalachian Trail derives much of its strength and appeal from its uninterrupted and practically endless character. This is an attribute which must be preserved. I view the existence of this pathway and the opportunity to travel it, day after day without interruption, as a distinct aspect of our American life.

—MYRON AVERY, final report to Appalachian Trail Conference, 1952


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Jim Schmid’s Trail Quote of the Day #718 – Sept 30, 2017

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Those of us, who have physically worked on the [Appalachian] Trail, know that the Trail, as such, will never be completed.

—MYRON AVERY, Appalachian Trail Conference meeting in Gatlinburg, TN, 1937


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Jim Schmid’s Trail Quote of the Day #689 – Sept 1, 2017

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One thing I absolutely believe is this: you are entirely responsible for your actions in the wilderness. That means constantly assessing everything: your health, your gear, the trail conditions, “plan B” routes in case you need to change plans, your food and water situation, your itinerary (are you still on pace to make your destination without putting yourself at risk?), the current weather and forecast and yes, even what to do if you encounter someone on the trail that needs help.

—JEFFREY H. RYAN, Appalachian Odyssey: A 28-Year Hike on America’s Trail, 2016


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Jim Schmid’s Trail Quote of the Day #672 – Aug 15, 2017

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To those who would see the Maine wilderness, tramp day by day through a succession of ever delightful forest, past lake and stream, and over mountains, we would say: Follow the Appalachian Trail across Maine. It cannot be followed on horse or awheel. Remote for detachment, narrow for chosen company, winding for leisure, lonely for contemplation, it beckons not merely north and south but upward to the body, mind and soul of man.

—MYRON AVERY, In the Maine Woods, 1934


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Jim Schmid’s Trail Quote of the Day #626 – June 30, 2017

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This Trail might well, instead of ‘Appalachian Trail,’ have been termed, ‘The Anonymous Trail,’ in recognition of the fact that many, many people … have labored on [it]. They have asked for no return nor recognition nor reward. They have contributed to the project simply by reasons of the pleasure found in trail-making and in the realization that they were, perhaps, creating something which would be a distinct contribution to the American recreational system and the training of American people.

—MYRON AVERY, Chairman Appalachian Trail Conference 1931-52, 1899-1952


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Jim Schmid’s Trail Quote of the Day #624 – June 28, 2017

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You can never go too slowly up a hill.

—WARREN DOYLE, since 1973 has hiked Appalachian Trail 16 times, 1950-


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Jim Schmid’s Trail Quote of the Day #618 – June 22, 2017

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…my own observations lead me to believe that the greatest trail damage is caused by (1) improper trail design (i.e., trails installed at too steep a grade), (2) inadequate maintenance (i.e., failure to install water bars or other devices to divert the flow of water off the trail bed), (3) the utterly indefensible practice of some hikers in taking short cuts on graded trails.

—EDWARD GARVEY, Appalachian Hiker II, 1978


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Jim Schmid’s Trail Quote of the Day #578 – May 13, 2017

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.…opportunities for observation, contemplation, enjoyment and exploration of the natural world; a sense of remoteness and detachment from civilization; opportunities to experience solitude, freedom, personal accomplishment, self-reliance, and self-discovery; a sense of being on the height of the land; opportunities to experience the cultural, historical, and pastoral elements of the surrounding countryside; a feeling of being part of the natural environment; and opportunities for travel on foot, including opportunities for long-distance hiking.

—APPALACHIAN TRAIL CONFERENCE, defining the Appalachian Trail experience, 1997


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Jim Schmid’s Trail Quote of the Day #432 – Dec 18, 2016

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A trail is as serviceable as its poorest link.

—BENTON MACKAYE, An Appalachian Trail: A Project in Regional Planning, The Journal of the American Institute of Architects, 1921


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Jim Schmid’s Trail Quote of the Day #431 – Dec 17, 2016

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And what is the [Appalachian] Trail?… It always was a place for people. People who care for land and tend a simple footpath as if it were their garden.

—APPALACHIAN TRAIL CONFERENCE, Member Handbook, 1988


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