Thanks for the link...
wrote:The Arizona Trail Association is discouraging both thru-hikes and thru-rides on the Arizona Trail for the remainder of 2020.
wrote:... more than 125 miles of the trail are closed and are not expected to be safe to hike or ride again until 2021.
wrote:Under normal circumstances, the ATA would help facilitate shuttles around closed segments of trail. However, asking volunteers, community members or commercial shuttle services to transport groups of people during the pandemic violates the ATA’s COVID-19 safety protocols. Hitchhiking, while legal in Arizona, also presents unnecessary risks to both trail user and driver due to the possibility of disease transmission while in a vehicle together.
While I do agree backpacking/hiking.biking is of a very low risk for COVID-19, the fire(and border)-closed areas as well as the possible risks over and above the normal
trail injury issues, I believe the ATA is stating valid issues worth noting.
Would you not agree the Arizona Trail Association is not an arm-chair quarterback