“We really don’t think that the top of Katahdin should smell like a bar,” Jensen Bissell, the Baxter Park director, told the Postland Press Herald.
It might seem like splitting hairs to write a littering summons for champagne that hit the ground atop the 5,268-foot mountain, but Bissell is charged with helping to protect the natural resource. The citations, which the Press Herald says were announced to the media and to Jurek’s followers, were not mentioned in stories about his remarkable accomplishment, an omission that sent Bissell to post to the park’s Facebook page.
The criticism comes at a time of growing interest in trail hiking, thanks in part to Cheryl Strayed’s “Wild,” her memoir of hiking the Pacific Coast Trail. “This is nothing new in the greater Appalachian Trail community,” Susan Tompkins,a spokesperson for the Main Appalachian Trail Club, told the Press Herald. “I think it might be for Baxter State Park.”
Jurek’s representatives haven’t responded to a request for a comment, but he posted about his efforts to eliminate trail waste on Facebook last week.