1. Karen
    Karen January 26, 2016 at 7:34 am

    Thanks for this great post. It is possibly preaching to the choir, but we can hope that newbie hikers or party animals will read it too, and perhaps be persuaded. I’d love to see these tips posted at all trailheads, not just the limited ones land managers post about fires, trash, etc. Especially number 1! “No one goes to the wilderness to find noise.” I’m not sure that’s true, based on my experience camping near revelers. I think some people do go to the wilderness to have loud, raucous, wild parties, because there is no law enforcement to stop them (have seen this many, many times). But for many of us, we do want to hear whatever sounds nature has to offer, not including the antics of wild Homo sapiens.

  2. Bob
    Bob January 26, 2016 at 8:51 pm


    As always, great post. Thanks for the tip about who should yield on the trail, I’m always confused about that. For me, it has always been a matter of the trail conditions. Some trails (like those in Hawaii, for example) present quite a challenge when coming downhill, and so I typically yield to downhillers when I’m going the opposite direction because I know that it’s easier for me to get good footholds going up, whereas those coming down are sometimes not as much in control (fighting gravity). But obviously that’s not the universal case, so knowing the ‘typical’ relationship helps me conduct myself with courtesy and respect for the other hikers. Nothing more embarrassing than breaking the rules of courtesy out of ignorance!

  3. john
    john January 27, 2016 at 10:55 pm

    great blog. thanks for the rules for the trail.

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