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(I *really* hate to step into this mess, but
here it goes...)

Leigh,

When can we expect your guidebook to the
"secret wild spots" around your home?  A
website would also be ok with me.

Thanks!

-eric

Leigh Daboll wrote:
> Actually the exact opposite is true. For years conservationists have
> realized that the way you protect wilderness is to expose people to it. Let
> them know what's out there and what the experience is like even if they
> can't experience it themselves.
> 
> Don't try and disguise pure selfishness with some kind of BS altruistic
> motivation.
> 
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> 
> Couldn't have said it better Tag. [Wow, Tag and I must have some kind of 
> mutual admiration pact going]
> 
> Although I'm sure many on the list must think I'm some kind of a 
> burn-and-pilage capitalist (and despite the fact that my 2010 Dodge 
> Laramie has a chrome roll bar and "a 400hp Hemi unner the hood of that 
> thang") I've spent much of my life seeking out the same experiences as 
> would any commited Sierra Club member.  For example, 150+ days of the 
> off-season I pretty much spend all my spare time trail hiking, giant 55 
> lb camera backpack in tow.  I take pride in knowing many of the "secret" 
> wild spots within a 250 mile radius of my home like the back of my 
> hand.  I readily share the info with anyone who will take time to 
> listen.  Maybe they wil begn to appreciate them as much as I do.  I'm a 
> member of a large photographic club and I am booked to give a 
> photo-guidebook presentation on these wild places to a large group later 
> this year.
> 
> Yep, it's the self-sanctimoniousness that really gets me, the supposed 
> requirement "to pay your dues."  You want to pay your own dues your own 
> way, fine.  But, really, why would you even want to give a flying c**p 
> about what someone else's personal motivation may or may not be in this 
> regard?
> 
> Unless it's Gatekeeper Syndrome. Or pure selfishness. Or misplaced 
> self-importance.  Whatever.
> 
> BTW, how many righteously horrifed members of this list later skied in 
> the Jailhouse Chute area? Maybe trimmed a few trees that weren't Striped 
> Maples.
> 
> Leigh
> 
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