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Are You a Trail Talker?

My husband makes fun of me, lovingly I'm sure, for many things. One of my habits that he loves to mock is that I am a trail talker. If we are hiking, I always say hello to people we meet on the trail. I even nod at other runners when I am out for a run. Same goes for cyclists when I am out on my bike. Acknowledging other people out exercising makes me feel like I am part of an exercising community. Like we are all in it together.

What about you . . .


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Feesje Feesje 8 years
I agree that it's only polite! When I go hiking in France, Austria or Switzerland, it's common that you say Bonjour/Grüss Gott. Besides, maybe you get into an accident or something on the hill or mountain and you need help. Then you'd be glad you were friendly to other hikers.
glitter-junkie glitter-junkie 8 years
In the UK, everyone does as far as I know, whther you're cycling, walking the dog or running (in which case a nod is sometimes as much as I can manage.) It's only polite!
FitZucchero FitZucchero 8 years
I agree with halfbakedjake. As an American living abroad, when my husband and I are hiking, you don't think twice about saying hello. I'm sure it actually perceived as rude if you don't give a polite hello and smile as you pass by. Why wouldn't you?
murdock99tx murdock99tx 8 years
Always I smile & sometimes also tilt up my hand as a quick wave. Everyone's friendly in my neighborhood. I did wave & grin across a 4-lane-with-median street the other day at a HOT shirtless jogger. LMAO I thought that was pretty funny. What can I say, his chocolate Lab puppy was cuuuuuuute! *cough*
Silverlining10 Silverlining10 8 years
If people smile at me, nod or say hi, I respond back. If they walk by and pretend like I'm not there, I return the favor. I appreciate kindness and politeness, but I'm kind of shy, so someone else has to initiate it. I love giving smiles, though! :D
scottdavis0676 scottdavis0676 8 years
I NEVER say anything, or acknowledge other people when they are exercising or walking by. I am a rather diffident fellow, so it's not in my nature to do so. I come across as being surly and do not care enough to disabuse other people of that notion. A person has to literally buttonhole me to get me to say anything to them. My father on the other hand is the byword for bonhomie. His gregarious nature lends itself to making friends easily, so outings with him tend to be protracted with all the meet and greets we end up doing. That's why I prefer to exercise alone, people don't generally expect anything out of me!
MandeeLei MandeeLei 8 years
If there's eye contact involved, yes. If the other person flies by or has their head down I don't shout after them. I don't make it a point to say hi to every.single.person I cross. But if we happen to see each other then I'll give a smile or hello.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
Sometimes. If we happen to make eye contact, yes, I would politely nod or smile.
kia kia 8 years
You gotta at least nod to acknowledge someone else when you are out of breath. I love talking people up especially on hikes if they are curious about the flora and fauna.
car0linee<3 car0linee<3 8 years
of course! why not?
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I usually say hi or wave to other people that I see running when I'm running. Or if I'm out walking my dog, I say hi to other people that are out in their yards while I walk by. Then again, I live in a small, friendly city. When I lived in a bigger city, people weren't generally as friendly.
justanerd1975 justanerd1975 8 years
I love friendly people and I always try to be friendly myself. I know what you mean kadams, I hate it when I say Hi or smile and the person looks at me coldly for being friendly!
kadams11 kadams11 8 years
I always say hi or at least smile, and nothing ruins my run/walk/bike/whatever faster than when you do smile or say hi and the person just looks at you coldly and doesn't respond. I love friendly joggers!
VeggieLove726 VeggieLove726 8 years
When I lived in santa barbara I hiked, but now I live in 'beautiful' los angeles, and not so much any more...
zabrow zabrow 8 years
if i were out hiking & came across just a few people in a few hours, i'd probably say hi. but i run at a lake near my house & there are just too many people to say hi to. there's always someone running the other way every few seconds, people ahead or behind me. it's pretty crowded. if i said hi to everyone i came across, i'd never be able to catch my breath.
hkdkat hkdkat 8 years
I don't usually say Hi unless they do, but I will nod some sort of acknowledgment.
halfbakedjake halfbakedjake 8 years
Lo Lo, My apologies, and I really don't mean to sound rude, but in the eyes of many Canadians (certainly us east coasters) Toronto is not "typical" Canada haha...I've lived in Halifax, New Brunswick, Vancouver, Victoria, and traveled a lot of place in between, and have to say on a whole we're a pretty friendly bunch. Anytime I've visited the states (mind you, usually to the bigger cities) I've found them a lot more alienating and unwelcoming. But again, thats just one person's opinion.
Allytta Allytta 8 years
no, it feel wierd. and don't think people would understand. i would. i'd think what did she want? cause i'm usually wearing my headphones. i'm whole other world.
Lo-Lo291303 Lo-Lo291303 8 years
Halfbakedjake - that is SO not true about Canadians. I'm from Toronto and I'm the world's most anti-social jogger! I never acknowledge other people because I'm too consumed by my music and movements. Canadians really aren't that friendly in my opinion. Or at least not that much friendlier than Americans! I always make fun of my father because he stops to talk to EVERYONE when he walks the dog. I think most people find him a little TOO friendly and social.
jessie jessie 8 years
i don't i can't say hello, its just in my nature, as someone walk by like that.
bleached bleached 8 years
I started hiking when I was living in Japan and EVERYONE is a "trail talker" as you put it. It's just a never ending string of Konnichiwas when you're going up the mountains. I loved it so I kept the habit (^_^). I think generally people like getting acknowledged, no?
Carrie14884290 Carrie14884290 8 years
Saying hello doesn't mean you're trying to make friends, but if you're in the woods for six hours and encounter ONE other person the whole time, it seems a bit rude to just completely ignore them. I always smile and say hello!
halfbakedjake halfbakedjake 8 years
Haha you can tell this is an American based web site. In Canada no one would even bother to make a poll like this, I have yet to go for a run and not say hi or get a hi back from a fellow runner or walker. Though I assume small towns and what not in the US are the same.
chatondeneige chatondeneige 8 years
All the time. I think it's because I hike outside of my small town, though. I might not do it as much if I start hiking in the city after I move.
ayuninur ayuninur 8 years
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