I ran into them some 20 years ago as they were wandering the high country of Washington’s North Central Cascades. ADVERTISEMENTI thought of them recently while considering the slow transformation of trail style over the last decade or two. Are we no longer allowed to look like slobs when we’re on the trail? REI, the co-op outdoor store of the people, had become the store of the affluent. Another artificially created expense for the trail walker seems to be trekking poles.