Jim Schmid’s Trail Quote of the Day #760- Nov 11, 2017

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…by 1968 the authority of traditional hiking clubs was on the decline and more than a century of American hiking culture had begun to dissolve. The typical American hiker evolved from a net producer—of information, maps, well-maintained trails, advocacy, outings, and club culture—to a net consumer—of equipment, national magazines, and federally subsidized trails.

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


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Jim Schmid’s Trail Quote of the Day #650 – July 24, 2017

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The popularity of hiking in the second half of the twentieth century and relative decline of club membership obscured the volunteer labor that went into producing American hiking culture. Most hikers simply took it for granted—consuming trails, maps, and ideas but not playing a significant role in their creation.

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


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Jim Schmid’s Trail Quote of the Day #535 – March 31, 2017

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The National Trails System of Act of 1968 was a watershed moment for the hiking and trails movement but also a contributing factor in the decline of the traditional hiking community. As Americans came to expect government to provide accessible trails as a taxpayer-financed service, the volunteer ethic that had defined the hiking community for more than one hundred years was lost. New hikers believed that they were entitled to clean, well-maintained trails. Why, they wondered, should they be asked to do more?

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


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Jim Schmid’s Trail Quote of the Day #527 – March 23, 2017

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Americans viewed hiking as an opportunity to escape regimentation, slow down, enjoy the scenery, restore energy, test one’s will, and even worship God.

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


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Jim Schmid’s Trail Quote of the Day #521 – March 17, 2017

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The design, layout, and construction of trails revealed deeply held ideas about the purpose of trails, their use, and the role of man-made features in the wilderness.

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


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

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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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Jim Schmid’s Trail Quote of the Day #512 – March 8, 2017

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Jim-Schmid-backpacking-Crest-Trail-Montezuma-Pass-segment-of-AZ-Trail-1993

By the backpacking boom of the 1960s and 1970s, the model of the lone hiker would compete directly with organized hiking and threaten to undermine the dominance of the country’s strongest and most active hiking clubs.

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


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Jim Schmid’s Trail Quote of the Day #507 – March 3, 2017

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Most new hikers bypassed club membership and were therefore inexperienced with the realities of trail work or the policies that made the trails possible. The misleading simplicity of trails obscured the significant investment of volunteer time, energy, and wealth provided by traditional hiking clubs. Millions of hikers passed over trails with little concern for how they were created or by whom. They approached trails as consumers—willing to pay taxes for trails and perhaps mail a membership fee to an environmental organization—but not to make hiking membership or trail work an important part of their lives.

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


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