Complains of having to "negotiate boulders" while hiking a mountain. Is this for real?

I have to admit that when I saw this letter to the editor in the Union Leader, I wasn't sure if it was real or not. Could this be satirical? But all signs point to this being an actual letter from an actual person visiting the Granite State, complaining about hiking trails in the White Mountains.

"You have to negotiate boulders and, basically, hike rocky stream beds to gain the most meager vistas and distance. These trails are dangerous and limit safe use to only athletes."

Isn't that pretty much what hiking and rock climbing is all about?

She went on to offer some suggestions on how to make the trails better:

"The boulders should be reduced to proper steps and the last section should have hand holds for safety."

I've always thought that what makes the trails in the White Mountains great is the fact that they are virtually untouched by man. Altering the trails to make them easier to hike sort of defeats the purpose, doesn't it?

Read the entire letter here. Don't you think she's being a bit over-dramatic?

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