The naughty vs nice hiker. In other words, a little hiking etiquette never hurt anyone. This might even prevent you from getting some coals under the christmas tree. Follow these “rules” and you’ll be on your merry way in no time. Although rules are meant to be broken in my book. Hike at your own risk. Let us know if you have any other etiquette ideas in the comments below! We’d love to hear them, or read them in this case.
1. Leave No Trace vs. Leaving Traces
I respect that you want to be like E.T. and leave stuff behind but I think I speak for everyone when I say pick up what you drop. I can guarantee you that mother nature doesn’t like a litter bug. All other bugs are probably fine though. Respect your mother.
2. Smoker vs. Non Smoker
For this one, I say leave the smoke to the campfire. Walking down a trail with a gorgeous blue lake in the background after huffing and puffing your way there is rewarding. Not to mention your hanging out with nothing but fresh alpine air to take a deep breath to. Doesn’t get much better than that..EXCEPT when you come up on that person that just has to get smoke in. Damn.
3. Santa vs. Grinch
Santa is a pretty happy guy. You could even say he’d greet you upon passing on the trail. Grinch on the other hand just blows by and doesn’t even bat an eyelash. Sometimes it’s nice to greet each other upon passing and what not. Be a happy soul, you’re outside for crying out loud. You don’t have to strike a whole conversation or anything but at least say hello.
4. Poop Scoopin’ vs. Pooch Poopin’
Hiking with your hairy best friend can be one of the most rewarding things in life. They love you no matter what and go where ever you go. However sometimes your hairy best friend needs to poop and sometimes you don’t want to pick it up. Sometimes we gotta do things we don’t want to so other hikers don’t step in it. This could be a human, dog, elf, or reindeer. Hike with who ever you want, just scoop that poop along the way.
5. Take the Slopes vs. Give the Slip
It’s said that you should give way, or give the slip if you encounter someone sweating their way up the hill. This is because they are using much more energy to go up the hill than you going down the hill. You can go ahead and take the slopes if they wave you by for a break. What do you think? Should this be opposite? Leave a comment to let us know!
6. Trailgating vs. Giving a Heads Up
When you’re hiking, biking, even driving a car the norm is to pass on the left. Similar to tailgating in your car trailgating is exactly what you would expect, trailing on someones heels. No one wants a “flat tire” as we used to call it back in the day. I’m only 24 can I say that? Just give a heads up when you’re coming up on someone you’d like to pass. A simple “Excuse me, mind if I pass?” or “Passing on your left” on a bike is a pretty common one. (I just want to note I feel like I came up with a new term there, trailgating. Just in case it get’s famous you now know who to call.)