NORTH VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – The trails in the Lower Mainland are busy and it seems hikers who like to share with others i.e. their music get angry.
Bluetooth speakers have become an essential backpack for more people in recent years, much to the chagrin of a growing number of others, according to Vince Shuley of The Pique Newsmagazine in Whistler.
He wrote about it recently, in response to a viral tweet that made the rounds among backcountry users, which reads “Stop bringing bluetooth speakers s ***** on hikes. No one has come into the woods to hear you listen to Katy Perry .
Shuley says the response has been overwhelming.
“They agree 100 percent. That’s why I came to the great outdoors, why do I have to listen to the soundtrack of someone else’s life? I think it’s just a general lack of consideration for your fellow human beings and it shows a blatant disconnection from your natural surroundings of using a bluetooth speaker to ‘power’ your wilderness experience, ”Shuley told NEWS 1130 .
Has anyone defended the practice?
“Not really, to be honest. Maybe it’s because I don’t have any subscribers [in that camp] or, more than likely, people weren’t reaching out to me with their stories of how they liked their speakers because they were reluctant to jump into the comments section for obvious reasons. There will be 100 commentators against them, ”he adds.
“… Why the blaring music?” Is that supposed to be some kind of rallying point for other assholes? »Https://t.co/vyY7PDKxc6
– Mike Lloyd (@llikemoyd) June 15, 2021
Shuley says you can sometimes make music out loud on the trail. Some people may have issues with earphones or headphones, or they may want to use noise to deter bears.
“But you can safely assume that 98% of people who go into the backcountry with Bluetooth speakers don’t do so for the good of the bears or their own safety.”
So what is the reason? Shuley laughs and says he guesses it’s a call for attention.
“The music they play is supposed to attract some kind of mood or energy, and they’re the center of it.”
But he makes sure to stress that he’s not against loud music – he thinks there’s a time and place for it.
“If you have to use your phone speaker on the trail fearing for your safety around the bears, that’s fine. If you get to your destination and can find a secluded place to have a little party, that’s fine, as long as people can get away from you, ”he says.
“It’s a free country, but we just don’t want to hear your speaker on a crowded hiking trail. “
In other words, keep your Katy Perry to yourself in the backcountry.