Minimizing your wilderness impact includes showing consideration for your fellow hikers. We all have different motivations for going out into nature. Accepting and being respectful of those differences, makes for a more harmonious experience for everyone.
Greetings: Always acknowledge your fellow hikers. At the very least a nod of the head or a simple ‘hello’. Such basic gestures of friendliness distinguish your average wilderness encounter, from its big city equivalent.
Right of Way: People going uphill have the right of way. If they are exhausted, they will probably be grateful for the repose and wave you through. Nonetheless, the decision is theirs to make.
Breaks: If you are taking a break or stopping to admire a view, move off the trail so others can pass without impediment.
Hut Etiquette: If you are sleeping in a lean-to or mountain hut, be considerate to your fellow inhabitants. Keep noise to a minimum after 9 or 10 pm. If you are an early riser, try to have the majority of your gear packed and prepared before going to sleep. If you are a heavy snorer, do both yourself and everyone else a favour by bringing your own shelter. If you insist on staying indoors, think about passing out multiple sets of earplugs to your victims.
Noise Pollution: Try to avoid being excessively noisy. This is easier said than done if you are hiking in a big group. Be conscious of the fact that others may prefer to hear the sounds of nature rather than your own dulcet tones. A notable exception to this rule is if you are hiking in bear country (see Animal Encounters in HEALTH & SAFETY).
Cell Phone: Speaking of noise pollution, if you decide to carry a cell phone (mobile phone), use it only for emergencies.