I just read an article in the Hartford Courant which implies that backpacking is on the decline.
2 years ago my younger son experienced the same nirvana that I've had the fortune to experience when he cleared the tree line on the Air-Line. This year my older son has been bitten by the same bug and on a recent 3 night stay at Pinkham, my wife is now determined to experience the rigors and rewards of backpacking. The article must be wrong as in my minute part of the universe, I have just experience a huge increase in the known hikers. I know that many others my age no longer hike, not because of a lack of love for the outdoors, but due to failure of certain vital joints to function pain-free (knees in particular).
Is the article correct? Is there a dropping off in interest in hiking? Thoughts please?