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Matt Colon's "Slow Down" Article in BPL issue 6
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Tim Cheek
(hikerfan4sure) - MLife
Matt Colon's "Slow Down" Article in BPL issue 6 on 12/31/2006 21:30:43 MST Print View

It is worth re-reading Colin Fletcher, isn't it? Although the equipment has changed, the observations are timeless.

As to the NASCAR analogy, my recollection is that he wrote he had only two hiking paces: slow and slower.

I think he also wrote that when he had become a very knowledgeable expert on backpacking equipment, often sought after for his opinions, he realized, in the end, he had became nothing more than a bore. I think his 1970's word for it was a "fuddy-duddy."

Regardless of my pack weight, the older I get, the easier it has become for me to hike slower and be a fuddy-duddy!

Glenn Roberts
(garkjr) - F

Locale: Southwestern Ohio
Re: Matt Colon's "Slow Down" Article in BPL issue 6 on 01/01/2007 07:53:31 MST Print View

Absolutely loved that article - that one column was worth the cost of the whole year's subscription!

However, considering the amount of "...and fast" articles in the previous issues and on this website, it made me wonder if Matt's new title will be "Interim Editor-in-Chief." ;)

All kidding aside, this was a well-thought-out piece of writing, that perfectly captures my own thoughts on why I go out there. It also is perfect proof that this website provides an outlet for a wide diversity of opinion, and that this diversity is not only tolerated but actively sought in order to make the experience better for everyone.

Well done, Matt; keep up the great work.

Ryan Jordan
(ryan) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Greater Yellowstone
Re: Matt Colon's "Slow Down" Article in BPL issue 6 on 01/01/2007 12:13:30 MST Print View

Yes, Matt's commentary was GREAT. It certainly gave me pause to think about the future of writing here at BPL, and we definitely are going to explore more of these issues in 2007.