- Sep 19, 2003
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- Colchester, CT
Interesting. I see the same behavior you pointed out on here daily. There are signatures showing their accomplishes. Their posters lamenting the loss of the good old days, or telling of their experiences. Posters stating where others went wrong and how they do it right. Frankly, other than the animosity that prevails on most social media platforms, I don't see the difference.
Not blaming anyone or stating what we post or don't post is right or wrong. I just think VFFT fits into the exact same category.
However, we're a closed community, do we have an idea of how many non-members even stop by and view? text in their signatures, while bragging, pales in comparison today of selfies filling the entire screen. I never looked at some numbers and thought "wow, I could get 67 of 67 of something but happy people on bluebird days above treeline, looks much more inviting. (Maybe just allow those pictures we've all taken where visibility is near zero)
As other's mentioned, In winter especially, the ADK's would be much harder to finish due to the distances and lack of heavy traffic in most places. I would defer to TCD on a better comparison to Lafayette, however, either Algonquin or Gothics might be better. Both have steeper slabs as you near the top than Lafayette with a more severe fall if you lose your footing. (Assuming you slip down the trail and not off the views between the Agonies on the OBP and into Walker Ravine)
There is nothing in the Whites that compares to doing Seward, Donaldson and Emmons, Santanoni, Panther & Couchsachraga, Cliff or Allen. The Bonds might be the closest and that's on wide well traveled trails. If Zealand Hut wasn't open all year, Zealand would be harder. than it is and a large chunk of that is unplowed road and old rail grade. The ADK trails without maintained trails in many cases run along brooks for part of the way. (On Owl's Head you bypass most of that on the Black Pond BW) We know on the better traveled trails like Valley Way and the Ammo, people miss turns and end up in the Ammo Drainage of the drainage below Madison Hut. Doing that on Marshall or Redfield or descending Panther likely would put you in the water miles from your car or lost having gone by the tiny cairns that some have or some downed branches that were cut. (No one randomly goes deep in the woods and cuts downed trees & branches to get to another random place in the woods.)
Yes, the square footage of places where you might have the wind hand you your a$$ is less in the ADK, however the ability to get lost or wet on less used trails is far greater. in NY.