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Brushbuffalo
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PostTue Jun 12, 2018 10:59 am 
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slabbyd wrote:
Blum Lakes & Mount Blum as a highlighted destination!

Doubtful that the writer of the article in Backpacker went there.  Probably just looked at a map and thought "Wow! Look at this cool place.  Destination!"
Correct, it won't get popular, and anyone who has ever been there on foot knows it isn't a stroll. Most  maggettes ( magazine devourers) would turn around, spent and frustrated, before their new boots got scuffed  and their  E.B. clothes got sweaty and snagged.

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Kim Brown
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PostTue Jun 12, 2018 12:19 pm 
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slabbyd wrote:
Last summer Backpacker Magazine had a short article on Blum Lakes & Mount Blum as a highlighted destination!

1973 Sunset Magazine featured White Rock lakes. They neglected to mention that whole thing about the Ptarmigan Ptraverse.
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DIYSteve
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PostTue Jun 12, 2018 5:36 pm 
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Brushbuffalo wrote:
.  .  .  and anyone who has ever been there on foot knows it isn't a stroll.

Those of us who have been there 4 times don't know better
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PostTue Jun 12, 2018 6:05 pm 
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I think getting misty eyed about "the good olde days" is misguided.

The number of hikers/backpackers 40 years ago was less, but the ethics were different.   I recall cooking over a campfire at Melakwa, Snow, Spectacle, Rachel and even Colchuck lakes in the '60's.

More recently I was digging a "cathole" in the Lake Lillian basin and unearthed a load of garbage that include a steel Pepsi can.

Share the most popular locations with a myriad of others will also necessitate an more refined ethic that the "Take only pictures, leave only footprints" of a generation ago.   To me one important principle in popular areas is "use established trails"   The meadows around Paradise are in far better shape than they were in the '70s when a maze of social trails had created a "dust bowl" in the area close to the parking lot.

The days of having Snow Lake to yourself on a sunny August Sunday haven't existed since the construction of Alpental in 1967 shortened the trail by 4+ miles.
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PostTue Jun 12, 2018 7:59 pm 
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Given the depths of anxiety and depression that seem to ramp up in numbers every year, I am quite happy to see so many new (especially young) hikers.  Its a world of alot better (IMHO) for their body, mind and spirit than ALL the alternatives.  Green bonding is good and I strongly suspect the whole culture benefits.  Sure would be nice not to see all the TP blooms though biggrin.gif
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PostWed Jun 13, 2018 6:23 am 
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cascadetraverser wrote:
....I am quite happy to see so many new (especially young) hikers.  Its a world of alot better (IMHO) for their body, mind and spirit than ALL the alternatives.  Green bonding is good and I strongly suspect the whole culture benefits.



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