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Yielding 101

Guest - March 14, 2017

Oklahoma City, OK: Do you know the yield triangle? In this video you can find out more about the seventh Leave No Trace Principle, Be Considerate of Others.  We all enjoy the outdoors and even though we may do different activities to enjoy the outdoors we can still work together and share our outdoor spaces so that we can all have a great time.

Please be considerate of others when you hit the trails.  The yield triangle is an easy and effective technique to enjoy the trails with everyone. The first rule of the yield triangle is that all stock and horse users have the right of way at all times. All trail users should engage in communication with stock and horse users to allow them to pass in the safest way possible. Yielding to stock and horse users could be stepping to the downhill or uphill side of the trail.

The second rule of the yield triangle is that bikers yield to all other trail users on a multi-use trail. Since bikers hold a mechanical advantage, these users should be in control of their speed at all times on a multi-use trail.

The third rule of the yield triangle is that hikers must be aware of their surroundings and yield to stock and horse users and have the right of way when seeing a biker.

When downhill and uphill trail users meet it is common practice for uphill hikers to have the right of way.  This is because starting and stopping when traveling uphill is considered much more difficult than traveling downhill.  Therefore when downhill trail users see uphill trail users coming these users should locate a safe and durable spot to step aside.

Thank you for being safe and sharing the trails.


Here are some other tips to Be Considerate of Others:

• Respect other visitors and protect the quality of their experience.
• Be courteous. Yield to other users on the trail.
• Step to the downhill side of the trail when encountering pack stock.
• Take breaks and camp away from trails and other visitors.
• Let nature's sounds prevail. Avoid loud voices and noises.


Travel Well,

Amanda and Greg – Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer Team East Central

Leave No Trace’s Amanda Neiman and Greg Smith are part of the 2017 Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer Program that provides free, mobile education to communities across the country. Proud partners of this program include Subaru of America, REI, Fjall Raven, ENO, Deuter, Thule, Taxa Outdoors and SmartWool.

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