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Trail Etiquette Survey

Can I update my Facebook status from the summit of a mountain? Can I give myself a trail name? Should I ask you if you're carrying a gun? It's time that these backpacking quandaries were finally solved. Weigh in with your thoughts and opinions.

by: BACKPACKER Editors

Illustration by Chris Philpot
Illustration by Chris Philpot

Can I give myself a trail name?
    Yes
    No
If I’m not the only one at a lake, can I go skinny-dipping?
    Yes
    No
Do the rules change the deeper you get into the wilderness?
    Yes
    No
If you bring chocolate, do you have to share?
    Yes
    No
If you bring scotch, do you have to share?
    Yes
    No
If I'm sleeping in a crowded shelter, can I use an alarm clock?
    Yes
    No
As a thru-hiker, can I kick out overnighters or weekenders from a shelter if they have a tent?
    Yes
    No
Can I ask someone if they’re carrying a gun?
    Yes
    No
When yo-yo’ing on the trail, should one group pull over to let the other gain ground? Which group?
   
How much space should you put between your camp and your backcountry neighbor’s?
   
How much cell phone use—apart from the camera function—is permitted in the backcountry?
   
Music in the backcountry: When is it ok?
   
In a shelter, when is lights out?
   



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Mar 09, 2014

And where pray tell might one find the results of this survey? Or any additional details/info about it? Anything?

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