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Old 06-05-2014, 12:07 PM   #1
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I stumbled across this article today about trail etiquette for beginners and I offer it to those of you that are not familiar with the some of the do's and don'ts...

Off Road Basics - Trail Etiquette
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Old 06-05-2014, 12:20 PM   #2
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Good basic tips. Thanks for sharing.

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Old 06-05-2014, 12:26 PM   #3
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Nice article.

I'm always amazed at how many people disregard the "mind your dust" point. Just because I'm letting you pass, doesn't mean you should do so in fine clay at 50mph... but I digress
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Old 06-05-2014, 01:04 PM   #4
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Good article!

I have not been off-roading yet... heck, my Jeep hasn't even arrived from the factory yet... But, I would think this addition would be prudent as well:

Don't be that person who always comes with absolutely no equipment. i.e. Don't always rely on everyone else to have the necessary tools to get you or someone else out of a bind. At least have some basics.
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"When two vehicles meet on a steep hill, the vehicle traveling up the hill has the right of way. This is because the vehicle traveling uphill may need to maintain momentum, and because it is more difficult and dangerous to back down a steep narrow trail. Common sense should prevail though; if it is easier and there is room for the uphill vehicle to pull over, it wouldn’t make sense to expect the downhill vehicle to back up the hill. Either way backing up is tough. If you are going up a big obstacle like a long, steep rocky climb, it may make sense to send a spotter up on foot to make sure the trail is clear and to warn any on-coming vehicles."

I guarantee that at least half the people I encounter on trails don't know this rule. I had a long argument with a tool from Texas on a very narrow trail here in CO once. He insisted that I needed to back about 1/4 mile DOWN the trail to the nearest pullout, to keep him from having to back about 200 feet up the trail.

The person going UP has the right of way. Don't be that guy.
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Old 06-06-2014, 05:29 PM   #6
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Very useful information. Especially to those of us who are new to off-roading.


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