Did you read Hugh’s incredible story on Ask A Question, Leave a Comment?
Un – freakin’ – believable! Maybe on a single track narrow trail such as Pipestone, but on the Great Divide?
My story won’t top Hugh’s, but it could stop a few walkers from trashing the trails.
I skied Fairview(which was fabulous), Lakeshore(which Chuck has already reported on), and Tramline(wonderful). I’ll post more details and photos on a second update.
I was returning back to the trailhead on Fairview this afternoon when I saw two walkers coming towards me. There is a sign at the trailhead, and a second one a few metres further up, saying “No Walking.” These folks spoke perfect English.
I stopped and asked them where they were going. (Ten years ago, I would have approached it much differently, but I’ve mellowed).
They answered, “Fairview Lookout.” While talking to me, they stepped on and mashed up the tracksetting. I politely pointed out to them that the tracks were for skiers.
I said, “You’re on the wrong trail.”
I looked at my GPS and said, “it’s only 700 metres back to the trailhead.”
To be honest, I had never heard of the Fairview Lookout, and I didn’t know where it was. I looked it up later and indeed, they were on the wrong trail.
I didn’t want to spoil their day by telling them they weren’t supposed to be on the trail, or by suggesting that they pay closer attention to the signs. I know, I’ve become too much of a wimp.
The moral of the story: When you meet people walking on a trail where it’s forbidden, ask them where they are going and simply tell them they’re on the wrong trail. If you don’t mind being confrontational, you could be like me ten years ago and say, “you’re not allowed to walk on this trail, now get the hell off.”