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View Poll Results: Which mountain range is best
Cascades 12 34.29%
Olympics 0 0%
Appalachian 8 22.86%
Rockies 11 31.43%
Seirras 2 5.71%
Other 2 5.71%
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Old 09-02-2013, 05:56 PM
 
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In my opinion, the mountains in the west coast are much more challenging and impressive than their eastern counterparts. What's your take?
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Old 09-02-2013, 07:25 PM
 
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It is tough to pick just one. I'm going with the Rockies in a close contest. They were the first real mountain range I saw in person and it was love at first sight.
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Old 09-02-2013, 07:35 PM
 
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I never see posts from people who hike in the West. The Appalachian Mountains are a different story. There is a hiking culture linked to them. Small town economies are centered around biking and hiking in the East. I have been to parks/forests that are jammed packed with families on day trips. I've never seen any comments or articles about a similar lifestyle in the West.

It seems as though people in the West may take a walk every couple of years or ski down a mountain once in awhile, otherwise the mountains are there for aesthetic purposes only.
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Old 09-02-2013, 08:23 PM
 
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I never see posts from people who hike in the West. The Appalachian Mountains are a different story. There is a hiking culture linked to them. Small town economies are centered around biking and hiking in the East. I have been to parks/forests that are jammed packed with families on day trips. I've never seen any comments or articles about a similar lifestyle in the West.

It seems as though people in the West may take a walk every couple of years or ski down a mountain once in awhile, otherwise the mountains are there for aesthetic purposes only.
I've always wanted to hike that Appalachian trail of yours. I assure you that we do hike though. The mountains here are very different, and the grades are generally steeper. This deters some of our physically unfit residents from hiking. I also think there may be a greater emphasis on climbing as opposed to just hiking.
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Old 09-02-2013, 08:44 PM
 
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I never see posts from people who hike in the West. The Appalachian Mountains are a different story. There is a hiking culture linked to them. Small town economies are centered around biking and hiking in the East. I have been to parks/forests that are jammed packed with families on day trips. I've never seen any comments or articles about a similar lifestyle in the West.

It seems as though people in the West may take a walk every couple of years or ski down a mountain once in awhile, otherwise the mountains are there for aesthetic purposes only.
This is one of the most ridiculous posts I've ever heard on here and I've heard 'em all on here baby...

Yeah no one hikes or skis or climbs or mountain bikes our multitude of mountain ranges out west--by the way have you ever been out west in your fricking life?

I honestly wish less people hiked and skied where I've lived so I could have the trails and peaks and slopes more to myself with more solitude. As it is it's a zoo on the weekends...
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Old 09-02-2013, 08:51 PM
 
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I have been out West. The culture isn't the same. What Western Trail do people take months off of their life to hike in entirety?

Rock climbing is very popular in the Appalachians and on the plateaus.
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Old 09-02-2013, 08:56 PM
 
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I never see posts from people who hike in the West. The Appalachian Mountains are a different story. There is a hiking culture linked to them. Small town economies are centered around biking and hiking in the East. I have been to parks/forests that are jammed packed with families on day trips. I've never seen any comments or articles about a similar lifestyle in the West.

It seems as though people in the West may take a walk every couple of years or ski down a mountain once in awhile, otherwise the mountains are there for aesthetic purposes only.
So you obviously don't have a clue what you're talking about. Read up on Colorado just a little, I was hiking up around Telluride a month ago and there were several mountain bikers and hikers all around the mountains. Around Durango and Silverton there were several serious hikers doing rigorous journeys along the Colorado Trail. These towns mentioned are very munch centered around the mountain recreation around them, and there are several more all over Colorado. And that's just one state.

I don't even know how to elaborate a response to this because its so dead wrong on every single level. One of the reasons I moved to New Mexico was because of the abundant recreational opportunities. I was just hiking up at Taos two weeks ago where there were several backpackers on the trails heading up to Wheeler Peak. I'm embarrassed for you because your post is so blatantly false in every conceivable way.

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I have been out West. The culture isn't the same. What Western Trail do people take months off of their life to hike in entirety?

Rock climbing is very popular in the Appalachians and on the plateaus.
Pacific Crest Trail: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pacific_Crest_Trail
Pacific Northwest Trail: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pacific_Northwest_Trail
Colorado trail: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colorado_Trail
Arizona Trail: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arizona_Trail

just to name a few. A quick google search will lead you to several results about a very extensive trail network traversing several western states in a variety of topographical zones and climates. For somebody who has travelled out west, you sure do know very little about it. Just because the culture isn't the same doesn't make it dismissible. We got rock climbing out here too, in spades!

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Old 09-02-2013, 09:12 PM
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Honestly, the long-distance Appalachian Trail hiking doesn't have much appeal to me. Sure, there are some mountain views, but most is just forest, but steep. Weeks of hiking through forest would get old. Rather just do short, more interesting sections. If I'm going to spends weeks outdoors, might as well be some place with spectacular views the whole way through.
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I've always wanted to hike that Appalachian trail of yours. I assure you that we do hike though. The mountains here are very different, and the grades are generally steeper. This deters some of our physically unfit residents from hiking. I also think there may be a greater emphasis on climbing as opposed to just hiking.
While the mountains are steeper, in my experience, the trails are generally less rough and steep out west. Many western trails are meant are also horse trails and tend to switchback more. Since eastern mountains are summitable by hiking trail, trails tend to go straight up the mountains.
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Old 09-02-2013, 09:25 PM
 
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While the mountains are steeper, in my experience, the trails are generally less rough and steep out west. Many western trails are meant are also horse trails and tend to switchback more. Since eastern mountains are summitable by hiking trail, trails tend to go straight up the mountains.
That's pretty cool. Some of our smaller peaks are the same way. There are a lot of switchbacks out here though, but I'm not opposed to that.
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