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.