When we give the government the power to provide, we give the government the power to take away.

It is amazing to me that a shutdown means restricting access to public lands instead of simply sending government workers home to drink beers until this is resolved and they get their back pay.

So the rescue crew may not be readily available. There are plenty of other trails that don't have all of the luxuries of the MWT. If you hike, do so at your own risk.

I am picturing John Muir 130 years ago or so going up to Mount Whitney only to be stopped because a ranger says that the federal government is shut down and access to federal land is no prohibited.

Absurd,I know....that's the point.