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Considerate of Others

It is our task in our time and in our generation, to hand down undiminished to those who come after us, as was handed down to us by those who went before, the natural wealth and beauty which is ours.
      John F. Kennedy
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considerate of others A wilderness adventure makes me think of long miles of carrying a pack through country where I'll see great scenery, lots of animals, and no other humans. With the ever-growing population of outdoors enthusiasts, it is no longer realistic to expect to see no other humans in most parts of the country, especially those that have a reputation of being particularly beautiful.
So, it becomes necessary to prepare for the inevitable encounter with other visitors. When I do meet up with another group of backpackers, pair of mountain bikers, or string of horses, I need to have a plan for what I'll do and how I'll act. This is the basic way I can be more considerate of others in my efforts to leave no trace of my passing.

Courtesy towards others is a very important component of outdoor ethics. The seven principles of Leave No Trace are all intended to help preserve the wild spaces for other visitors, whether it's those in the outdoors with us now or those that will want to experience it in the future. By being courteous and considerate of others, we help promote ethical use and stewardship of the land.

There are three categories of 'Other Visitors' - those in our own group, those in other groups we meet, and future users. All of the LNT principles are geared at conserving recreational areas for future users. People in other groups are the main target for this principle, but people in your own group will also have a much better experience by considering these ways to be considerate:

leave no trace Trail Etiquette - The three types of traveler that will most likely use a non-motorized trail are hikers, bikers, and horses. When different groups meet on the trail, there are some commonly accepted rules of giving up the right-of-way so that an easy passing can occur.
Bikers should yield to hikers and horses. Bikers have more control with easier ability to brake and accelerate after stopping. There is no danger of the bicycle becoming scared and bolting.
Hikers should yield to horses. Hikers can more easily step off the trail onto durable surfaces.

A few more trail etiquette guidelines to remember:

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Being Considerate to Others is Important because:

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