No, this isn't yet another post regarding the great "Listening to Your iPod While Running" debate. This post is to address a trend I've been noticing out on the trail. I've seen this most commonly on Barr Trail though I've come across it elsewhere as well. I've been noticing a lot of people playing music on their phones with no headphones at all. This results in their music blaring from their phones' internal speakers for all to hear. This is not OK.
Last weekend I set out on a hike up Barr Trail to Barr Camp. I had just returned from a 10 day vacation in Mexico and was looking forward to reconnecting with the mountains. As such, I left my iPod at home so I could fully experience nature. You can imagine my disdain when, after a few minutes on the trail, the chirping birds are interrupted by music blaring from somewhere ahead of me. I realize that the source is coming towards me as the music gets louder and louder. The culprit finally passes me and heads down the trail (their music getting slowly more quiet as the distance between me and them increases).
This happened at least half a dozen times before I passed the cutoff to the Incline, and zero times after I passed the Incline cutoff, which leads me to believe that the offenders are all Incliners. Don't get me wrong, I have nothing against the Incline or those that hike it. I hike the incline myself frequently and have no problem sharing Barr Trail with people running down after reaching the top of the Incline.
I simply wish to request that, if you're going to listen to music during your hike, please respect everyone else on the trails and wear your headphones. If I don't want to listen to my music, I absolutely don't want to listen to yours.