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dixicritter
2008-03-11, 13:31
The following was posted on another site and I felt like this student deserved some help getting to her goal, so I am reposting her request here for help in getting her survey completed. I have already completed the survey, it only takes about 15 to 20 minutes of your time.

Here's the post...


Good morning everyone! I am reposting this thread as a last reminder to Whiteblaze members who may want to help a fellow AT enthusiast graduate. I have also asked several of the participating clubs to send out last reminders to their memberships. I need your help; I need 60 more hikers to take the survey I created in order to reach the response rate needed. As of this morning, 320 AT hikers had taken the survey; however, for generalizability, 380 hiker responses are needed. I was hoping to have 380 surveys this week so I may present this April (and graduate in May)!!! I would really like to be on the trail for a good chunk of this summer instead of in school, so if you have not yet taken the survey I would really, really appreciate ten minutes of your time!!! Plus, the information you provide I hope will be very useful to participating trail maintaining clubs and the ATC; both of which are expecting the results. I will also post the result on Whiteblaze (in case any of you are curious). Information about the survey and the survey link are below. For those of you who have already taken the survey, thanks again.

SURVEY INTRODUCTION (Previously Posted)
Good day. My name is Barbara Freidt; I am currently working on my thesis at Old Dominion University. Because I am very passionate about both hiking and the AT, I decided to research the user motivations, benefits, and trail preferences of day, overnight, section, thru and multi-use hikers in order to gather information useful to AT maintaining clubs and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC). Currently, little academic research on these topics exists. Ten trail clubs have already participated in the study and five more have agreed to do so at a later date. I am posting the link to the survey on whiteblaze because I would like to ensure that both the voices of hikers who are not trail club members and the voices of thru-hikers are represented in the results of the study. Information gathered will be shared with AT maintaining clubs and the ATC with the hope that it will be useful in both better understanding current AT users as well as in acquiring funding for continued maintenance of the AT footpath and preservation and protection of its surrounding corridor lands. The survey only takes about 10-15 minutes and requires no contact information. If you would be interested in participating in this study, please click on the link. The link for the survey is: https://periwinkle.ts.odu.edu/surveys/PWXZAR/ (https://periwinkle.ts.odu.edu/surveys/PWXZAR/)

warraghiyagey
2008-03-11, 14:23
Did it last week. She's a very polite girl and e-mailed me a thank you. Hope she get's a good response so she can finish her project.

JAK
2008-03-11, 20:06
I just did it. I think it was well prepared and worth doing. I cheated somewhat by considering the Fundy Footpath to be an extention of the AT, but in my own mind I think of it as such. I think it was within the spirit of the survey. Thanks for the link Dixie.

Frolicking Dino
2008-03-11, 20:18
Chatted back and forth with her for a while this afternoon. Delightful young woman.

Skidsteer
2008-03-11, 20:35
Did it last week. She's a very polite girl and e-mailed me a thank you. Hope she get's a good response so she can finish her project.

Yes I was pleasantly surprised that she thanked me as well.

Rare these days. Good for her!

enviro
2008-03-12, 14:01
Did it last week. She's a very polite girl and e-mailed me a thank you. Hope she get's a good response so she can finish her project.

She sent me a thank you PM also. It's worth a few min. to help her out.

warraghiyagey
2008-03-12, 18:10
It'll be good to hear of her degree and her time on the AT.

enviro
2008-03-12, 18:35
I'd rather talk of my time on the AT, but since I have limited time to take, I have to make do with what I can get and continue to live vicariously through others.

Sigh

warraghiyagey
2008-03-12, 18:36
I'd rather talk of my time on the AT, but since I have limited time to take, I have to make do with what I can get and continue to live vicariously through others.

Sigh


Haaaa Haaaa. :aetsch:

Oops, I mean . . .
:angel:

enviro
2008-03-12, 18:53
Yeah I know, a couple of months and you'll be on the trail yourself.:beer:

warraghiyagey
2008-03-13, 02:03
Yeah I know, a couple of months and you'll be on the trail yourself.:beer:

Yeah, headed in the general direction of Nashville.:beer:

Frolicking Dino
2008-03-13, 07:19
Head toward Knoxville and I'll take you the rest of the way.... just give me a heads up on when.

warraghiyagey
2008-03-13, 11:49
Head toward Knoxville and I'll take you the rest of the way.... just give me a heads up on when.

Early to mid October??
:burnout:

Frolicking Dino
2008-03-13, 12:10
Whoops - I forgot you are one of the SOBO types.

warraghiyagey
2008-03-13, 12:16
Whoops - I forgot you are one of the SOBO types.

:beer: :itsme: :rock: :star: :wink: :flute: :five: :adore: :angel:

enviro
2008-03-14, 14:14
Yeah, headed in the general direction of Nashville.:beer:

When you get into the TN area I'd like to hike w/ ya for a few days.

warraghiyagey
2008-03-14, 15:21
When you get into the TN area I'd like to hike w/ ya for a few days.

Well allright. . . .:biggrin:

ki0eh
2008-03-14, 16:41
Yes I was pleasantly surprised that she thanked me as well.

Rare these days. Good for her!

I'm the webmaster for an A.T.-maintaining club and last year received a thank-you note to the club from a 2007 thru. Nice thought that I passed along.

Then it hit me - that was the first, and remains so far the only, such note - in six years tending that particular field!
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