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 Spike Etiquette 
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Sometimes I see what I guess looks like a railroad tie dropped in the middle of the trail. I assume because it's a particularly muddy spot in summertime so they put a little balance-beam there so folks could get across cleanly.

However, in winter, the mud isn't a problem. So I've been walking along side the beams because I didn't want my spikes digging little chunks out of the wood. Seems like it wouldn't take much spike-traffic to grind one of those things into sawdust.

But I see other folks with traction devices trek right over them, no hesitation at all.


Wed Feb 10, 2016 2:06 pm
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Fire tower steps are just as bad (when they are wood, and not metal). You'll see people heading up/down them with microspikes on, or snowshoes even, but I think it is one of those endless debates (snowshoes versus no snowshoes on trails) that we could have. Personally, I will take my spikes/shoes off in those instances.

As for what you are talking about with the railroad tie, it will either get beat to hell or replaced at some point (depending on the trail).

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They are called bog bridges or puncheons.

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Wed Feb 10, 2016 7:33 pm
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So is walking on them with spikes considered kosher or not?


Wed Feb 10, 2016 7:46 pm
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Yeah, at the huts or fire towers I'd say it's good etiquette to remove spikes/snowshoes. For bog bridges I wouldn't worry about it, feel free to walk on them... in a typical winter they'd be buried, but they are surprisingly durable and do get replaced every so often.


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thegibba took this picture in Zeta pass a couple of years back. Looks like they just helicopter in some pre-cut sections. I wonder if they use the same method taking them out. I couldn't imagine they just keep leaving them near the trails.

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Having said that, if a sign asks me to remove the spikes, I will. The huts are more or less someones home. The towers are someones second home. I wouldn't walk around my house with them on.


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thegibba wrote:
thegibba took this picture.....


So weird that you keep talking in 3rd person


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thegibba wrote:
I couldn't imagine they just keep leaving them near the trails.


I actually can't imagine they would do anything but. They are wood, so eventually will decay, but they leave everything in the woods. Almost anywhere there was a fire tower just poke around. The old metal frames or wooden beams, mattress springs, stoves, trash...it's all not far from the trails. Granite Guy took this when he was up on Carter Dome in November.

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Granite Guy wrote:
I actually can't imagine they would do anything but.


There's some crazy stuff out there. Especially in the Pemi.
WHen you meandering along one of those long, boring straight trails, explore some of the old railroad spurs. There's pieces of locomotive, stoves, railroad spikes, old coffee tins from 100 years ago. Crazy stuff.

Not to mention a smattering of plane debris on a handful of mountains.

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Old shelters, too. Garfield was replaced a few years ago, poke in the woods around there and you'll find the old one. Is the timber from the old Pemi suspension bridge still there? It was for a long time.


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iagreewithjamie wrote:
Granite Guy wrote:
I actually can't imagine they would do anything but.


There's some crazy stuff out there. Especially in the Pemi.
WHen you meandering along one of those long, boring straight trails, explore some of the old railroad spurs. There's pieces of locomotive, stoves, railroad spikes, old coffee tins from 100 years ago. Crazy stuff.

Not to mention a smattering of plane debris on a handful of mountains.


And some rails on a spur off the south end of the Thoreau Falls Trail.


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