In rereading the replies that so infuriated this fellow, I notice that the second reply was from BrianLe, which included this comment:
"There's no 'one size fits all' solution here, but I can't imagine carrying crocs or the like."
The great irony here is that BrianLe is our resident Triple Crown hiker.
P.S. Thank you, OM, for catching the profanity I somehow passed right by.