The National Park Service and USFS rangers, staff and
volunteers who are unfailingly nice and helpful—often in the face of some of
the very idiots we mentioned yesterday.
These are really good people, and don’t get the credit (or money) they
deserve. Remember those knuckleheads in
Game wardens everywhere.
A thankless and dangerous job.
Outdoor writers who encourage everyone to get off their
behind and out into the wonderful world.
And anyone else who does the same.
Hikers on the trail who offer help, guidance, encouragement,
or even food and water to those who need it.
How nice is that?
And a shout out to those on the many backpacking message
boards on the internet—who offer their time and expertise over and over again. We love to read their trip reports, equipment
reviews, trail advice, and clever solutions to the problems we all face.
Anyone who takes someone else hiking or backpacking. Yeah, we worry about some of the campsites in
the Sierra, and the traffic they get.
But the more people see these amazing places, the more they will vote to
protect them. And we need all the votes
we can get! This absolutely includes Boy
and Girl Scout leaders, despite their organizational policies on sexual
Those who make trails like the one at right. What fun!
Competent sales staff at outdoors stores—those who really
try to give you good advice instead of just selling you whatever is latest,
trendy, or overstocked. They are becoming
rarer every day, but they do exist.
Those wonderful and crazy people who are continually trying
to find new ways, lighter materials, and multi-use equipment to lighten our
loads in the back country. Your ideas
may be completely bizarre…but if they work, we are interested!
And yes, despite our comments in yesterday’s blog, we also
sometimes appreciate those who place a few small cairns to lead us out of the
wilderness when we are wandering and wondering. Sometimes, it‘s nice to know the route can
Well...maybe not like the one at left, on top of North Dome...