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Old 07-08-2015   #1
 
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Article - Stop the rock-stacking

Good article from HCN.

Stop the rock-stacking


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We hike, we mountain bike, we run, we backpack, we boat in wilderness areas to retreat from civilization. We need undeveloped places to find quiet in our lives. A stack of rocks left by someone who preceded us on the trail does nothing more than remind us that other people were there before us. It is an unnecessary marker of humanity, like leaving graffiti no different than finding a tissue bleached and decaying against the earth that a previous traveler didn't pack out, or a forgotten water bottle. Pointless cairns are simply pointless reminders of the human ego.
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Every mark we leave reduces the sense of wilderness, solitude, and exploration. -BG
Note - this article does NOT call for an end to using cairns to mark trails.

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There are about 10 new ones along Parkdale. It is such a wilderness run down there they have really been bothering me.
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There are about 10 new ones along Parkdale. It is such a wilderness run down there they have really been bothering me.
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This article is silly. I understand her perspective to some degree as far as disturbing natural habitat, but realistically, leaving behind memorials and art are part of human nature. It's been going on forever. If ancient "rock stackers" hadn't left behind the art and memorials that they did, many of our modern mysteries would not exist, also much of our knowledge of ancient cultures. To compare rock are to graffiti is absolutely absurd.
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This article is silly. I understand her perspective to some degree as far as disturbing natural habitat, but realistically, leaving behind memorials and art are part of human nature. It's been going on forever. If ancient "rock stackers" hadn't left behind the art and memorials that they did, many of our modern mysteries would not exist, also much of our knowledge of ancient cultures. To compare rock are to graffiti is absolutely absurd.
Excellent point, it's always been a mystery too me when something goes from graffiti to art/historically significant/culturally significant/etc. So is Mount Rushmore just really elaborate graffit? Kind of like the really cool paintings on train cars that I'm sure really piss off the train folks but I find strangely pleasing... is it an eye of the beholder thing or does it need to be culturally acceptable?

Think back to the folks carving their names on Independence Rock on the Oregon Trail...when did that cease to be "ok" and become "graffit"? 1860, 1880, 1900? When did people really quit emigrating? What about some fellow that decides he want's to ride the Oregon trail as a memorial, should he get to carve his name? Why or why not?

It's all a matter of perspective in my mind, but in this case, I agree with there being too many cairns, it doesn't annoy me, but do we really need more than one in any given place? It can be a bit much. As far as it being a reminder that someone got there before you, you'd think the trail would be reminder enough...just saying.
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If you see one that bothers you, kick it over, scatter the rocks, make it natural again. Whats the problem here.
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I totally agree with the article. Unless its for an informative purpose (trail/route marking), practice your hippy dippy gaia channeling drum circle spirituality b.s. at home, or at least have the etiquette to "leave no trace". Take a picture of it, post it on facebook so all your kale eating friends can see how in touch with nature you are, and take the thing down.
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If you see one that bothers you, kick it over, scatter the rocks, make it natural again. Whats the problem here.
I went to kick over Stonehenge. It offended me.
Hurt my foot.

Going back with heavier equipment next trip.

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I went to kick over Stonehenge. It offended me.
Hurt my foot.

Going back with heavier equipment next trip.

No problem.
While you're at it, pop on over to the Egypt and knock down those hideous pyramids. They're totally blocking my views of the wilderness.
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And whatever you do, dont ever create a fire and ruin the natural log shape.
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