Comments by malabarista

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Written on Backcountry Tax: Charging Backpackers to Camp is Against the Spirit of the Smokies:

excellent article. The point about this proposal making backpacking more difficult by limiting your ability to change your schedule is a great one. But there are a lot of other reasons this is a bad idea:

1) there is no way it will generate as much money as they claim. There is much more money to be made ticketing the idiots who stop in the middle of the Cades Cove loop road and block traffic.

2) this will pose an unfair burden on youth groups that want to camp in the backcountry, like scouts.

3) this whole idea is completely unworkable for AT hikers. GSMNP will be the only part of the 2000 mile AT that you have to pay for, and if you're a thru-hiker, you don't know when and where you'll stay in advance. You only guess.

Hopefully the fee opponents methods don't get in the way of their message that this is a bad idea.

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