May 30, 2008
this blog has a few implicit aims, obvious from the posts and the title.
to be explicit: the goal is to provide those who, either by choice or by necessity, do not have a personal automobile, ideas and information for car-free trips to (mostly natural) areas commonly thought be to inaccessible without a personal vehicle. a blog for would-be weekend car campers, newbie bike tourists, experienced bike tourists, dayhikers, backpackers, etc. [an intended audience is the large group of urbanites who rarely need and use a personal automobile in the city but continue to own a car because they perceive it it as a necessity for rural and wilderness trips].
we do not and will not be posting trips with laborious car-free itineraries, i.e. a trip that would take 2 hours with a car but 9 hours without one, but rather trips where using transit (and often a bicycle) mean either a faster in-transit time or roughly equal amount of time it would take to travel by car alone. (i.e. you know that irritating drive through freeway gridlock to yosemite that takes 4 to 5 hours? you can get there in five hours via Amtrak’s affordable and on-time train + bus route to the park and drink six beers while you’re at it).
the goal is not ideological environmental asceticism and/or anti-car militancy, but pleasure while engaged in environmentally and socially-responsible practices– in-line with what the environmental philosopher Kate Soper has called a ‘hedonistic environmentalism’ where human happiness and comfort is not ground under a radical-Jainist wheel of self-abnegation in the interest of decreasing personal carbon footprints.
*more background and explanation of the project* :
a quick and dirty blog with info on slow and clean adventures.
From this article:
A key message on the “global oil predicament” from author and public speaker James Howard Kunstler, is the need to start reconsidering the way we travel, and in general our “relationship” to how we get around. He suggests we are entering into the end of the era of spontaneously driving or flying to whatever weekend destination we fancy, and suggests “other arrangements will need to be made.”
The concept of making the journey to the trailhead or summit part of the overall trip might be catching on. Beyond the obvious environmental benefits and perhaps impending necessity, the independence and challenge of this kind of adventure might be motivation enough to inspire more and more self-propelled “trekkies.”
Addy explains that self-propelled adventures make for a unique experience every time, and while it may not be the quickest way to the top of the mountain, he suggests there is an underlying and powerful philosophy behind these kind of trips that embraces the “quality, not quantity” of adventure.