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>when reasoned with--or even guilt-tripped--i am much more likely to
reflect
>on my actions.  if someone were to calmly--with, say, an earnest and
pained
>expression--tell me that my bootpacking ways deteriorate the trail, break
>through fragile spring snow-bridges, and negatively impact the native
>habitat of swainson's thrush (maybe a single tear escapes here)... well,
>then, i'm less likely to repeat the offense.

I agree. Which is why I always start by saying, "this is going to make me
sound like a real ssahole, and I apologize in advance, but..".

Nobody wants to get in a fight on a beautiful day in the middle of the
woods, me included.


-Evan

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