Trail Sanitization - when someone removes a technical natural feature in order to dumb the terrain down to their skill level.
Recently some Dudley-Do-Right-Dickweed decided it would be a great idea to remove a feature on a trail that is local to me and I ride very frequently. The feature was the toughest spot on this particular trail, a root that stuck out quite far at the top of a small down-and-up gully. It was one of the few challenges in this trail system that tested my metal each time. The removal of this feature has dumbed down this trail considerably.
I'm sure the person responsible was a newer rider who lacked the skill to make it over the feature and in their mind they did everyone a favour by removing it. Bottom line is, that if you can't ride a section / feature, it does not mean that everyone cannot ride it. Removing the feature is a selfish act, and you will never become a better ride if you bring the trail down to your level. The proper way to approach the obstacle in question is to give it a try, if you screw it up or don't have the confidence to ride it then walk the f*cking bike. This is mountain biking, its not meant to be a nascar track in the woods. There are roots, and rocks. Get use to it. Sack up and ride like a man (or woman) and don't be a dickwad by hacking out the good stuff. If your looking for a smooth ride that is devoid of technical challenge then maybe a rail-trail is what your really looking for (FYI: I've got nothing against rail-trails, I love them) and you could trade in that 6" travel full suspension carbon fiber mountain bike for a nice hybrid, you can even get a cup holder to keep your Tim's cup front and center.
I get it Mr. Sanitizer, you're new, don't have mad skills, you don't know its a faux pas to hack apart a trail. No problem. But know this..... if I catch you out there, I'll cut your f*cking hands off with that saw your working that log with. And for everyone else, don't be a sanitizer.
The Bric...._ mountain biker, road rider, heavyweight gear abuser. Built like a brick sh*thouse. No bike is safe.