By Ryan Doyle“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” – Abraham Lincoln
One of the busiest hiking weekends of the year concluded this Columbus Day. Education Programs Coordinator Seth Jones set up a Leave No Trace-themed table on the porch of the High Peaks Information Center (HPIC) to provide information and interact with hikers. Seth has a broad variety of skill sets and knowledge, so his conversations were as all-over-the-map as the hikers’ destinations. One thing he noted was the number of unprepared hikers. The weekend presented challenging trail conditions with snow and ice in higher elevations and single digit wind-chill temperatures on summits. Some folks were dressed for the weather. Others were dressed for the weather…at the trailhead, and unaware of what lay beyond the trail register. HPIC staff see this on a regular basis.