A man received an invitation from his friend to join a hiking trip with a group of people he didn’t know well. He didn’t have much experience hiking but happily went along with them. However, he would soon realize that he should have researched proper hiking etiquette.
Packing for the Hike
Anticipating the possibility of boredom during the long 8-mile hike, the man packed some essentials, including a speaker. Music, especially hip-hop, was a favorite pastime of his, and he thought it might help pass the time.
The Journey Begins
At the onset of the hike, the group covered the first two miles, with other hikers coming and going. Throughout this time, the group engaged in lively conversation, which led the man to believe that playing his music wouldn’t be disruptive.
A Soundtrack to the Trail
The man decided to play rap music, assuming that since the group was talking so much, a little music wouldn’t make a significant difference. Plus, he noted that other hikers didn’t linger nearby for long.
An Unexpected Silence
To his surprise, the group suddenly fell silent during a break. “My friend took me aside and asked me if I could quiet it down”, the man remembered. “I obliged.”
A Brief Reprieve
After hiking another mile, the group resumed their conversation. The man saw this as an opportunity to play his music once more, thinking it wouldn’t be bothersome. However, one of the group members approached him and again asked him to stop playing music.
A Point of Contention
In response to the request, the man pointed out the irony of the situation. “I told her ‘You guys are talking loudly a lot but get upset when I play music?’”, he explained.
Escalation and a Sudden Decision
As tensions escalated, one member of the group became increasingly upset. She demanded that they return to the parking lot and abandon the hike altogether.
A Soundtrack on the Return
On the way back, the man, feeling wronged and frustrated, decided to turn the music up as loud as possible. He believed it was a way to express his displeasure with what he perceived as hypocrisy within the group.
Repercussions of the Hike
After everyone returned home, the man received a text from his friend, expressing embarrassment over the events of the hike. In response, the man criticized his friend’s other acquaintances, labeling them as hypocritical.
The Internet’s Verdict
The man posted his story online, completely convinced that he had done nothing wrong, and that his new friends had acted hypocritically. However, readers of the post could not have disagreed more. “You were out of order”, one person accused. “People go hiking to enjoy the sounds of nature and each other’s company.”
Zero Social Awareness
Everyone was shocked at the man’s behavior. “What is wrong with you?”, another person questioned. “It’s like you have zero concept of how to behave or interact with others. Even wearing headphones hiking with a group is a bit rude, but blasting music especially when asked not to is totally out of order.”
An Apology Was Due
In particular, people were shocked at how the man exacerbated the situation by blasting music on the return. “I would apologize and say you didn’t completely understand hiking etiquette”, suggested one commenter. “If you wanted to listen to music, you should have brought headphones.”
No one was denying that music can be enjoyable whilst hiking, but everyone questioned the need for speakers. “Don’t be that person”, another reader demanded. “No one wants to hear your music when they’re out in the wilderness. If you want to listen to music, get some headphones – it really is as simple as that”.
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