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Comment Archives: stories: Features & Images

Re: “On the mend

Great article.

My only quibble would be the subheading "grizzly hunt a contributing factor." It doesn't seem that the grizzly hunt was a problem; rather illegal/unreported conflict killing and poaching are.

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Posted by an.7 on 11/16/2018 at 10:57 AM

Re: “The second wave

In all the current hype around legalizing marihuana there will be people getting hurt. There is no conclusive study that psychedelics help with depression, PTSD, etc. Some say it helps and some say it does not. Each study has its own limitations. And in fact it may well be that it helps some people and hurts others. But the fact is that psychedelics (even marihuana let alone LSD) could trigger psychotic episodes and I can say that is true from firsthand experience. So before you run to get the psychedelics keep in mind that you can end up in a worse place than you are now. The problem is even more complicated by the fact that there are people that have borderline mood disorders they are not aware of. Some of those people can get in serious trouble with the psychedelics. The worse thing is that once they are triggered they may not come back to the previous state. This is nasty stuff people. It is estimated that 5-10% of pollution is at risk of this. So although your friends and neighbors do psychedelics all day long no problems, you may not be in luck. Be careful especially if you suspect you may have some problems!

Posted by John 1 on 11/10/2018 at 11:57 PM

Re: “Surging adrenaline in the Argentinian Andes

Wonderful piece! I've never dared to ride a horse, but this gives me thought! I think I'd rather stay in the 4x4, but you paint a wonderful picture!!!

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Posted by Neil Peel on 11/06/2018 at 2:42 PM

Re: “Surging adrenaline in the Argentinian Andes

Great article! My heart started to race just reading it. For a moment, I felt like I experienced it right there with you. Beautifully written, thanks for taking us to an unknown paradise in Argentina! Looks like another destination to add to our "Must See" list.

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Posted by K.Dow on 11/05/2018 at 12:11 PM

Re: “Surging adrenaline in the Argentinian Andes

Nice Virginia! I love the area around Mendoza and did a few rides with the Gauchos myself.
Enjoy. I love that you have an adventure seeking soul.

Laura L.

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Posted by Laura Lefkowitz on 11/03/2018 at 10:01 PM

Re: “Surging adrenaline in the Argentinian Andes

This visually vivid account makes me - a former rider - think seriously about getting back in the saddle! The environment and social amenities sound dream-like. Thank you, Ms. Aulin, for sharing your epic Argentina adventure. E P

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Posted by E P on 11/02/2018 at 7:11 AM

Re: “Tanzania— Nchi ya maajabu!

Muba was our guide several years ago. He was wonderful! I'm so glad you got to experience his knowledge, kindness, and skill as a guide! Our itinerary was quite similar to this and we had an awesome time. Reading your description brings back wonderful memories.
Infinite Safari Adventures is the best in the biz.

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Posted by Jeff Harband on 10/16/2018 at 10:50 PM

Re: “Tanzania— Nchi ya maajabu!

This great article brought vivid memories of my own safari in Kenya, with regrets that I skipped the balloon ride. Wish there was a picture of the"Tree of Life" . Fedoruk really writes with such intense color. Norman

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Posted by Norman Abell on 10/11/2018 at 3:44 PM

Re: “Tanzania— Nchi ya maajabu!

Wow the trip sounds like an adventure of a lifetime!

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Posted by Ivy Michaels on 10/11/2018 at 7:54 AM

Re: “The Contentious E-Bike Debate: Fact vs. Opinion

elyhim: True, but the presence of the bike increases a human's destructiveness a thousandfold. Mountain bikers don't like to talk about that fact. Because they are too lazy to walk, removing the bikes also removes those nature-hating idiots.

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Posted by Mike Vandeman on 10/06/2018 at 11:04 AM

Re: “The Contentious E-Bike Debate: Fact vs. Opinion

The main argument now against ebikes is that people will spend more time on trails more often.

??

To Mike's point - in his world man should not be in the water, not explore space, in fact man himself should not be in the wilderness - man is too damaging.

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Posted by elyhim on 10/06/2018 at 3:56 AM
Posted by The Spangler on 10/05/2018 at 2:53 PM

Re: “The Contentious E-Bike Debate: Fact vs. Opinion

All charges were dismissed in 2013.

"As for dismissing your research, I am only doing what you so often do, which is to claim the research was carried out by mountain bikers and so must be biased": that's a lie. I have never said it "must be biased because it was carried out by mountain bikers". It was carried out by mountain bikers, and it was biased, but I never said that was cause & effect. But you have to read the original research & my review to see exactly why I said it was biased. What I actually said is that their conclusions don't follow from their data. That's a statement about science & logic. To oversimplify it, mountain bikers cause more damage partly because they travel much farther & faster than hikers.

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Posted by Mike Vandeman on 10/04/2018 at 7:11 PM

Re: “The Contentious E-Bike Debate: Fact vs. Opinion

Sorry Mike, my mistake. You're right. The records show your 2010 trial to be Not Guilty on all 6 counts. Your 2011 trial on the other hand shows you were found guilty by jury trial of Battery. Sorry about that. If I've got it wrong again, please let me know?

As for dismissing your research, I am only doing what you so often do, which is to claim the research was carried out by mountain bikers and so must be biased. While I agree that not all the studies I linked were without flaw, I do not agree with the general sentiment that mountain bikers do any more damage to the environment than any other non motorized trail user. To change tact slightly, I don't drive so I'm pretty sure my impact to the environment is a lot lower than anyone who frequently travels by car.

I'm sure your concerns are well meaning but you do not have a good way of engaging in the debate. So before I get dragged any deeper into a 'debate' that isn't worth having, I'm going to bow out.

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Posted by JimmyJones on 10/04/2018 at 6:53 PM

Re: “The Contentious E-Bike Debate: Fact vs. Opinion

All charges were dismissed, starting with the "assault" charge. They were all based on mountain bikers lying in order to punish me for reporting their illegal mountain biking. My review of the literature is not biased; it's all factual. It's typical mountain biker behaviour that you haven't read it, but are sure it's wrong. Mountain bikers are too lazy to WALK, and also too lazy to READ! People like that can't be trusted for anything. Anyone who trusts a mountain biker is a fool!

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Posted by Mike Vandeman on 10/04/2018 at 5:34 PM

Re: “The Contentious E-Bike Debate: Fact vs. Opinion

I don't usually like to 'play the man' rather than the ball, but, and correct me if I'm wrong, weren't you arrested for assaulting a mountain biker? If that was indeed you, could you tell the audience how many charges you were found guilty of?

Now, I've not had time to read your entire lit review yet, but given your stated biases it would incredibly easy to hand wave it all away with nothing more than a passive glance, 'yes, but he would say that wouldn't he'. I've seen little evidence that the authors of the papers are mountain bikers yet there is clear evidence of your own bias.

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Posted by JimmyJones on 10/04/2018 at 5:22 PM

Re: “The Contentious E-Bike Debate: Fact vs. Opinion

"Mike Vandeman is nothing more than a (dangerous) troll": who is more dangerous? I, who advocate banning mountain biking, or mountain bikers, who advocate a sport that regularly kills, maims, or paralyzes people? Or were you just LYING, as usual?????

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Posted by Mike Vandeman on 10/04/2018 at 4:30 PM

Re: “The Contentious E-Bike Debate: Fact vs. Opinion

JimmyJones obviously either hasn't read any of the research, or doesn't understand research. ALL of the "research" written by mountain bikers (which is most of the research) is dishonest, and doesn't prove what it claims to show. I refuted ALL of it in https://mjvande.info/scb7.htm. Why can't mountain bikers EVER tell the truth?????

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Posted by Mike Vandeman on 10/04/2018 at 4:02 PM

Re: “The Contentious E-Bike Debate: Fact vs. Opinion

I know that Mike Vandeman is nothing more than a (dangerous) troll, but there's very little science to back up his claims. In fact, some of it even says the opposite. Here's some light reading on the erosion impact of trail users.

Chiu, Luke, and Kriwoken, Lorne, Managing Recreational Mountain Biking in Wellington Park, Tasmania, Australia, Annals of Leisure Research, Volume 6, Issue 4, 2003

Olive, Nathaniel D., and Marion, Jeffrey L., The influence of use-related, environmental, and managerial factors on soil loss from recreational trails, Journal of Environmental Management, Volume 90, Issue 3, p. 1483-1493, DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2008.10.004,
Published Mar 2009

Wilson, John, and Seney, Joseph, Erosional impact of hikers, horses, motorcycles, and off-road bicycles on mountain trails in Montana, Mountain Research and Development, Volume 14, Issue 1, p. 77-88, DOI: 10.2307/3673739, Published Feb 1994

If anyone, Mike included, wants to argue about the impact that walkers can have one only needs to look at somewhere like the Old Man of Storr on Skye which is now a mess of braided, eroded dirt and mud. Anecdotally, bikers tend to stick to the trail they're on on not create new lines, where as walkers like keeping their feet dry and will, over time, widen trails and take short cuts.

End of the day, trails need managed and should be built sustainably. For everyone. Bikes with motors have the potential to cause issues and they should be carefully thought out and addressed. Everyone just wants to have fun, but we should all be considerate to others and the environment when we do it.

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Posted by JimmyJones on 10/04/2018 at 3:14 PM

Re: “The Contentious E-Bike Debate: Fact vs. Opinion

It's interesting that mountain bikers display no interest in or understanding of the environment. They think whatever they want to do is just fine, even if it's illegal (or maybe BECAUSE it's illegal?).

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Posted by Mike Vandeman on 10/03/2018 at 3:35 PM

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