Hello, I try my best to follow the etiquette you have outlined. I find it quite upsetting when I visit outdoor places (be it in the city or in the countryside) and find evidence of other people not following the “Leave No Trace” philosophy. What can be done other than educate people? Regards
I am a brand new hiker. I have a question re: etiquette. When a trail is only wide enough for one person and three or four are approaching you -who should yield? The one going up or down?
I believe the answer to your question is that the person traveling uphill has the right-of-way
Hikers traveling downhill should yield to uphill hikers. It is amazing to me that even many "experienced" hikers have no clue about this rule. I''ve had friendly discussions on the trail with some rather smug individuals who swear it''s the other way around and they should know better.
Always yield to the uphill traveler, unless they would rather rest and let you through.
Sorry, but I feel you are wrong. I have been hiking for 44 years now and the same rules apply to hikers as to drivers. ALWAYS yield to the hiker coming down hill. When hiking up hill you have more control then a hiker coming down. It''s common sense and common courtesy.
Sorry Shannon, the person traveling up hill has the right of way. The logic is inertia, it is harder to to restart after stopping. Although most times the person coming up the hill will be more than glad to stop for a second to catch their breath and environmental issues may make the uphill yield, like slippery rocks, steep grade, or the downhill is committed before seeing the uphill. It all comes down to just try to be friendly.
It seems sensible to me to allow the larger of the two groups to have the right of way. It''s just easier. Myself, I always offer the other person or group to have the right of way. At least one third of the time, the other insists that I go by. Anytime that you are offering consideration to another you take potential for conflict right out of the way. And...i almost 100 percent of the time receive a smile for it!
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