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January 15 2018 at 10:33 AM
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Tom Lopez  (no login)

Response to Climber used to be regulated in National Parks

hiking in Smokey Mountain National Park in March 1972 and the rangers going through everything in our backpacks to insure we would survive. By the time I climbed the Grand 7 or 8 years later there was no inquisition by the rangers. I prefer the latter but there is no doubt a tension between managing too many people (experienced and inexperienced) trying to use the wilds. I am afraid the tension will always, in the end, lead to more regulation and more control by authorities.

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