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Real fear


I disagree with the self-serving, condescending quote from Ted Stroll in the article on mountain bikes in the wilderness: “The real fear isn’t that mountain biking will cause problems, but that it won’t cause problems.” (“Bikes in wilderness?” HCN, 5/14/18).

To me, the “real fear” is that some people refuse to leave their vehicles, cellphones, techie gizmos, etc., at home even for a few hours. That, and the fear that there is no place on the planet deserving to be as free as possible from the trappings of modern Western civilization. I love my mountain biking; it does not belong everywhere.

Bruce Dissel
Moab, Utah