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Mar 18
John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Got another round of stuff from the NPS via FOIA today. It has Leconte Lodge and Riding Stable information.  Here is the link:…"
Mar 10
Dustin M commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Great Video!"
Mar 6
John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Myers has filed what we hope will be the final coffin nail in the fee fight.  In honor of this event, I am reposting this video so brilliantly edited and compiled for SFW to remind ourselves why we started and continue this fight daily. "
Mar 6
John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Tired of fee rhetoric?  Like a primer on the timeline of fee implementation?  Kitty has done an outstanding job laying it out here with a sample fee legislation composed by our allies at Western Slope No Fee Coalition.  She has helped…"
Mar 5
Myers Morton commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Thanks John. There is supposed to be more information coming later. Everybody dig when you can."
Mar 4
John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"I have uploaded all the FOIA info and campsite data.  You should be able to access it here. https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B3rQxlRiSX1RfkNTNUNnaHVERzhiOGIxOUpoclpaaE9sMXYzbGpGQ1pvalJ5NGZCVWNPa2M&usp=sharing"
Mar 3
John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Jim, Those $160 charges are not for guided groups.  The guided groups are separated.  This is for a regular party of people which makes this thing ever more suspect in my head.  And because the personal information is redacted, we…"
Mar 3
Jim Casada commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"John--How can there be 10 of them if party numbers are limited to eight? Or maybe that only applies to the common folks, not the elites paying high-dollar fees. I always thought the limit of eight INCLUDED guides. Perhaps I'm wrong and there…"
Mar 3
John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"I don't believe those $160 dollar charges.  There are waaay too many of them to reconcile in my mind.  I think that is some numbers padding.  I've never in my life seen a party of 8 out for that many nights in all my years…"
Mar 3
Erik Gerhardt commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"You're right, Dan, about Pretty Hollow Gap. I've also done illegal campfire rehab there more times than I care to recall. Your "point of pride" is well taken and very much appreciated. My efforts are mostly elsewhere now. As I…"
Mar 3
Tim Fell commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"@Dan I would imagine a Glock, holster and magazine full of ammo weighs in excess of 4 lbs. Y'ever see a Park Service radio?  Reminds me of the ones used by our troops in WWII. Throw in an extra battery,  a magnum size can of bear…"
Mar 3
John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"I have a special use for Bastard, er Baxter Creek.  It is important when I am in training.  To me there is no more intense cardio workout in the park and the reward is an unparalleled view.  That guy should be grateful to get paid to…"
Mar 3
Dan G commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Erik, I also used to clean up what needed cleaning up as I encountered it, whether on the trail or in camp.  Though I probably carried out a few hundred pounds of trash, illegal campfire sites along trails were my passion.  I probably…"
Mar 3
Erik Gerhardt commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"In the ranger's comments, he says he'll never hike up Baxter with a 40 lb. pack again. I used to do that on a regular basis (plus stopping to cut stuff from the trail or clean waterbars) while carrying a pulaski as a hiking stick.…"
Mar 2
John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Dan,  along those lines: "
Mar 2

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BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition

Posted by John Quillen on December 20, 2011 at 8:30pm 4026 Comments

Our original Backcountry Tax blog on the gosmokies site was moderated by some folks who held an opinion in favor of backcountry fees.  As a result the blog operator, Jigsha Desai made several threats to shut us down but we remained in operation because it was the most popular blog post in the history of that site.  We decided to take our conversation to a place where our message wouldn't be suppressed.  This blog is the result.

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