Educating Hikers


This was my final trash run. The load included a discarded tent, new boots, wet cotton clothing and uneaten food. Total pack weight was close to 70 lbs.

September 12, 2019 — There’s a popular website/blog/resource for hikers called the Trek.  It was originated by my friend Zach Davis who wrote an excellent book about psychologically preparing for an AT thru hike called “Appalachian Trials.”

Recently a writer for the Trek interviewed me and others about educating hikers.  Here’s the result.

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Link to Trek Article


One thought on “Educating Hikers

  1. That was a very good and comprehensive article, Jim. As it pointed out, education is key. Getting people to be aware of their impact, however small, helps them realize how much those small impacts add up.

    When we were at sites in Peru last October, including Machu Picchu, the numbers of visitors is huge and they are concentrated on a specific small site. We were impressed how well-kept the grounds were. Volunteers and employees were never far away. They didn’t hesitate to ‘educate’ if there was a need.

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