Re: "Mountain biking is no more damaging than other forms of recreation, including hiking."On Sun, 18 Jun 2006 11:43:25 -0500, "Edward Dolan" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>"Mike Vandeman" <email@example.com> wrote in message
>> On Sun, 18 Jun 2006 00:10:24 -0500, "Edward Dolan" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>>>My main point which I like to make over and over is that bikers and hikers
>>>do not get along at all well on hiking trails. It does not have so much to
>>>do with impacts on the trail itself or even on wildlife, but rather on the
>>>kind of attitudes we bring to nature and to wilderness.
>> True, but without wildlife (living things), there would be nowhere
>> worth hiking. That is the long view.
>Yes, you are quite right about that. I have been on many a long hike in the
>wilderness where I never saw any wild creatures at all. I am more into plant
>life than I am animal life, but to never see any wild animals is on outrage
>and we should be ashamed of ourselves for having eliminated so much of their
Yes. I have 3, no, 4 criteria for a successful hike: (1) see and try
an edible plant, (2) see a wild animal (common ones like insects and
birds don't count, UNLESS, SADLY, THERE IS NOTHING ELSE), (3) go to
some high place and get a wide view to see the lay of the land, (4)
don't see any bikes (I just added this one, which I used to be able to
take for granted ...).
>Ed Dolan the Great - Minnesota
>Saint Edward the Great - Order of the Perpetual Sorrows - Minnesota
I am working on creating wildlife habitat that is off-limits to
humans ("pure habitat"). Want to help? (I spent the previous 8
years fighting auto dependence and road construction.)