[at-l] Earl Shaffer's hike

Jim Bullard jim.bullard at gmail.com
Mon Jul 4 18:39:22 CDT 2011

Apparently I've PO'd Felix. Sorry if you felt it was a personal attack Felix
but I did start by saying that was the way I see it. I'm glad you enjoyed
your hike but obviously I hike for different reasons than you.

Jim Bullard

On Mon, Jul 4, 2011 at 7:32 PM, Felix J <AThiker at smithville.net> wrote:

> **
> On 7/4/2011 12:20 PM, Jim Bullard wrote:
> And the anal retentive crowd will have one more thing to feel
> self-righteous about.
> I for one have never believed it was about honoring a bunch of paint marks
> on trees, rather it was "*To see. And to see what you see*". The trail is
> a path *through *the woods along the Appalachian Mountain chain. It isn't
> about itself. It's about the the woods and the mountains that it traverses.
> Hiking it is a ritual or pilgrimage, not unlike the rituals of religion,
> meant to lead the participant to a larger, transcendent experience. The path
> or ritual takes you to the emotional and spiritual space where you can be
> open to and experience that transcendence, but if you get trapped in the
> physical ritual, you will miss the transcendence.
> I went to hike the whole trail. and, that's what I did.   And, I had a
> helluva time doing it.  Anybody who says I didn't enjoy my hike to the
> fullest extent because I was a purist is, quite simply, full of shit.  And,
> anybody who fails a thru-hike and says it is because it 'was about the
> journey and not the destination' is full of shit.  Doesn't mean they didn't
> have a helluva time. It doesn't mean they didn't see what they saw. It means
> they failed a thru-hike. What is so hard to understand about that?  I'm not
> sure about rituals and pilgrimages....my hike was neither. I went to hike
> the whole trail. and, that's what I did.
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