Ben Tiffany

Ben Tiffany 6 months, 4 weeks ago on Russ Fasolino: Observe trail etiquette

Hello Mark, You are probably right in your assertion;I am very familiar with any number of non-motorized backcountry users,and we rarely can agree on much. We tend to be very protective of our own little favorite spots,and we rarely work together on any issue. That's probably why we lose most of the fights over backcountry access to much better organized motorized users. This is nothing new;your solidarity in these things is commendable,at least in a political sense. However,all of this discussion is at least somewhat off topic. Russ made a reasoned argument for consideration when it comes to use of skier-created trails,and then we all ended up sniping at each other over physical fitness,backcountry access and other tired subjects. It must have been amusing for other readers of this blog,trying to figure out what we were all worked up about. You yourself admitted to having very little familiarity with cross country or telemark skiing,as it does not interest you. Fair enough. For this reason,I would ask you to steer clear of this little petty fight amongst non-motorized users over an issue that for some reason some of us are rather passionate about. Laugh all you want;you have good reason to,but please don't introduce other issues into this discussion. That just sets us off on another tangent,solves nothing,and doesn't change anyone's mind about anything. (I hope you are having a nice vacation;sounds like you are.)

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Ben Tiffany 7 months ago on Russ Fasolino: Observe trail etiquette

Joey, Like you,I have broken trail many times. And no,I don't mind sharing the forest with all users. I do think a little consideration is helpful,and perhaps that would start with a little education. I think that's all that Russ was trying to do,and I thought your mocking him was a bit mean-spirited. (Mark has a way of firing people up;he sure brings out the worst in me.) I hope you have a fine day yourself.

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Ben Tiffany 7 months ago on Russ Fasolino: Observe trail etiquette

Oh,don't hurry back, Mark. Silly of me to make assumptions I guess. A pity that you can't ride your sled in the wilderness. Russ made a reasonable request and you sneered at him,indicating that you still don't understand the issue. I think you've made a few assumptions too.

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Ben Tiffany 7 months ago on Russ Fasolino: Observe trail etiquette

Mark, For a guy who obviously does a ton of hiking (please),you still don't know much about trails or backcountry skiing. Perhaps you could mention where you pulled off this impressive feat of hiking? Did you use snowshoes or posthole your way up? You're always right,and you sure are impressed with yourself;we're the ones who are laughing.

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Ben Tiffany 7 months ago on Russ Fasolino: Observe trail etiquette

Built any trails lately,Mark? Or just gone out of your way to ruin someone else's? Couldn't resist a chance to talk about the poor snowmobilers? I doubt you've walked anywhere in the backcountry in your whole life. Just like you to talk about something that you know nothing about;sure doesn't stop you from having a loud and angry opinion about it. When it comes to being "inconsiderate" you know all about that,don't you? What the heck,backcountry skiers are just a bunch of liberals anyway,so they must be wrong. Really,your ignorance is astounding. Don't you ever know when to shut up?

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