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Boot Tracks

Tom Pfaendler

By Tom Pfaendler

When I started writing “Boots”, I developed a scoring system of zero to ten boots. Every trail that I’ve hiked has been held up against this system to determine the correct number of boots. (And you thought I was just winging it). I’ve been asked on occasion why I’ve scored something the way I did, and that usually results in a detailed explanation involving sunspots and the rotation of the earth. It never really occurred to me to actually publish the scoring system. So that being said, here is the official Boot Tracks “yardstick”, and the truth behind the question “why aren’t there ever any 10’s?”

Boots Trail Scoring System
0 Not reviewed
1 Should have slept in today. You would rather go to the dentist. Give it the boot.
2 Boring, dull, noisy, polluted, trashed. You’ll need a REAL good reason to be out here.
3 Flawed trail but has some redeeming characteristics. Can hike here if desperate.
4 Interesting trail with some annoying problems. Not a bad trek.
5 Good basic trail. You like it and it deserves the “C”. You will probably hike this again.
6 A really good hike that’s more challenging and beautiful than average.
7 You love this one. You want to bring all of your friends and share it with them.
8 Simply awesome trail. You would travel far to do this one and it is a very memorable experience.
9 World-class, nearly perfect experience. This trail will turn you into a poet. You’ll tell everyone you meet about this.
10 Possible life-changing experience. This will make you sit in quiet contemplation and thank Mother Earth for giving you this moment in time. You won’t tell anyone about this place, it’s too personal.

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