going down used to mean so much more
going down used to mean so much more
Strangers stopping strangers just to shake their hand - Robert Hunter
I have a question, you mention uphill vs downhill, but isn't that all relative to the direction of the other hikers as well and not just yours, AT NOBO and AT SOBO if you stealth in one direction your hidden from one direction of hiker and not the other right? Just asking cause from reading the other posts a lot were saying being visible from underneath or just from the top (like your tarp).
Well, first things first...I would go up.
And with that having been gotten out of the way.....I agree with AS and if another hiker spots me when I am in the stealth mode I am likely to say hello and acknowledge thier existance and maybe have a short and friendly conversation with them. That way at least they know that they are not the only one in the woods and just let that take effect when it needs to (ie emergency or times of integrity being tested).
Now if they are riding a MUNI and have a head-cam rig, they are probably not looking up or down but ahead, and they probably don't have space for an ax, since that would mess with thier balance. They are going to be too tired to chase me uphill, and drug cartel members don't ride MUNIcycles anyway. If they are like any of the other trail-cyclists they are going to be dressed like a polypro mosquito and not a problem to spot or track, and since I don't live out west or in the climate that is best for growing pot I am just going to enjoy my time in the Piney woods and hope that everybody else does too (of course that way of thinking does not precude packin' a piece).
"If'n I'm gonna fall, someone is gonna' watch."
I can testify to the people usually don't look up thing.
I went on a day hike with my dad a few years ago on a busy trail (can't remember which). We climbed maybe 70 feet up a hill off the trail to have lunch and watched what seemed like over 100 people walking by. I don't think one person saw us even though we were pretty exposed.
I hafta agree with the "Up hill" crowd, but I would ask Why just "Up?" and not "Over?" Unless up is a long haul to get to "over" Then again, if you're being stealthy, don't provide a shilluette against the skyline. Humorous anecdote: I was hunting and camping , wearing full Tiger stripe camo, standing in ankle high leaves with a hillside 30 yards to my rear. A Squirrel hunter came down a trail 40 Yrds from me wearing red t-shirt, crunching gravel, making a racket. I squeezed a squirrel call, just to mess with him. Lured him to within 15 feet of me before he saw my hand move when I squeezed the call. It scared him so bad when I just "Materialised" out of seemingly nowhere, He nearly shot me. All he could say was "Who are you"
If I see someone coming in my direction I pull out my blaze orange, stand next to a tree big enough to duck behind and wave at them. If they keep coming and can't see me I give out a quick "HUNTER HERE!"...
The reason for the tree is cause some small game guys see motion and AIM/FIRE...
Jersey is invaded by the orange army every small game season and its scary getting rained on with bird shot
Be careful out there...
When thinking about picking a stealth camping location, I tend to remember the methods we used in setting up a secure field perimeter during my tours of duty as a Marine rifleman in Vietnam.
In "setting in" for the night; both the concealment of your position and the ability to detect/observe people coming your way are primary considerations. A "close second" consideration, is your ability to take tactical advantage of the terrain for defensive and escape purposes. That usually puts you in an up-hill situation relative to a trail or suspected area of movement.
There are many variables; too numerous to mention here. Frankly, most don't matter in a hiking scenario in the US.
If you want to get away from fellow hikers; I think it is best to get off the trail ~ 1/4 mile (probably up-hill), ensure that you have adequate terrain or vegetative concealment, and enjoy the evening.