trail measurement / al.
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The original 2003 edition of the Trail Guide was the product of my second southern terminus to northern terminus measurement of the Alabama side of the Pinhoti using a measuring wheel.
The first measurement consisted of 23 solo out and back weekend day hikes and overnighters during the winter of 2000 / 2001.
The second measurement was completed with 27 mostly solo out and back weekend day hikes and overnighters during the winter of 2001 and 2002.
I found it interesting that on the second measurement all of the readings were identical to the first measurement except for one landmark which was 0.2 miles short. I measured this small area a third time and found that the second measurement was correct. Gee... not bad for Hiker Trash : )
I felt that the second measurement was needed because,
a: I am anal
b: I was unsure that the first measurement was accurate because my end to end total was 5 miles longer than the total of the Forest Service maps.
Someone told me that the USFS rounds their distances up or down to the nearest half or whole number just to simplify things and if this is true then they are obviously not very anal : )
Someone else told me that you can become too anal, but I am not quite sure that I would agree with that mainly because this statement is just way too broad. Tell me exactly and specifically and precisely how one can become too anal : )
I do not claim my measuring efforts here as grounds for argument as to the superiority of my methods over anyone else's, so please do not ask me to go there.
Solo / aka Hugh Hickman
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