Why Bad Hiking Etiquette Should Be 1 of the 7 Deadly Sins
Have you ever went hiking on a popular local trial and it seemed more crowded than normal? Odds are, you may have met some frustrations. If it wasn’t us who forgot about our hiking etiquette, it was probably other hikers.
We often forget about all our hiking etiquette and we fall victim to this “unwelcome behavior”. That behavior is not what we need and it can easily spread to other hikers around us. Furthermore, it ruins our mood, sabotages the rest of our hike, and puts us in an unbalanced state of mind.
Even worse is meeting another hiker on the same trail who is in complete disregard of hiking etiquette. The last thing you want to deal with is that rude hiker who ruins the landscape and creates dangerous man-made situations.
Hiking Etiquette By The Numbers
There are so many hiking etiquette out there but we feel that we should remind you of a few we most commonly see.
Feel free to share these 5 tips with a fellow hiking friend! The more hikers we can help cultivate the etiquette, the better off all of us hikers are.
Reminder #1 – The Best Ways To Share A Trail
Sharing the trail means that you keep in mind one simple fact. That is, the hiking trail is used by a lot of different parties such as hikers and bikers. Also, keep in mind that these parties can be going in the opposite direction as well.
Keep the following rules of thumb handy:
- Yield to Larger Objects – A common rule is to yield to the bigger object, such as bikers. As most of the signs state, bikers must yield to hikers, but it’s actually easier for hikers to yield because of the high speeds they are travelling. As a hiker, we can simply step away to avoid bikers. This is far easier than for the biker to maneuver away from the hiker.
- Passing on the left – Just as on the road, slower traffic should stay to the right while letting the passers pass on the right. If quicker hikers are coming up on you, it is not necessary to quicken your speed. Simply move to the right and let them pass. Adjusting your speed to a pace you are not comfortable with can be dangerous.
- Uphill pass – Hikers going uphill on a narrow pass have the right of way. Simply put, hikers moving uphill are generally working harder than those on the downhill slope. It is courteous to move to the side and let the uphill trekkers pass through.
- Hiking in a Group – When hiking in a group, yield to the smaller group. This rule applies whether it’s a solo hiker or a group of two to three traveling together. If you are hiking in a large group, let the single hiker or smaller groups pass.
- Move off the Trail – When you’re stopped to check out a view or take a break, move off the trail. Maybe you’ve come across a spectacular view and you want to get a picture of it, or you just want to stop and rest for a moment. Pick a spot where you can safely step off the trail and not only stay out-of-the-way of other hikers, but also not damage the natural habitat of an area just off the trail.
All in all, you’ll be thanked for following these rules of thumb by fellow trail sharers. Even more they might even become your friend.
Reminder #2 – Staying On The Trail Will Save Your Life
Simply worded, it’s important to stay on the trail when you’re hiking in wilderness. Unless you’re moving off the trail for views or breaks, it’s best to not take short cuts and just stick on the trail. Beginners love to wander off the trail and it’s not recommended.
Going off trail damages the natural habitat of the newly traveled area and can be hazardous. There are countless number of hikers who have been fallen off cliffs, twisted their ankles or had run-ins with plant life and wildlife.
Be safe and stay on the trail when possible.
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