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Anyways, just got back from a trip and decided to post this question here, I've been toying with the idea of asking this for a while, there are threads that touch some aspects of this subject but none are very straight forward, but here it is! Do you approach other people that are sharing the same campsite to say hi to them and start conversation? And when meeting someone on the trail, how do you respond to them? Do you like being approached? How do you behave when there are others sharing your campsite?
Since I started backpacking I always try to not bother other hikers by pitching my tent away from the trail and not leaving too much stuff out on the campsite, but once I make clear contact with someone, or they are sharing the campsite for the night with me, I always say hi (if it's not too late or they are trying to get to sleep or something), and often invite them to share the campfire with me, and their response is always mixed. I've met tons of friends and still talk to them online this way, had many great conversations about where they've been, what gear they use, learned many backpacking skills from them etc... But just as often, I've met some people that turned their back on me, some that just starred at me and then looked down as I say hi to them, and many just ignore me completely. Some of those really creep me out, last year I had a guy on his early 20s that not only ignored me when I first said hi, but started chopping wood around 1am terrorizing my wife and forcing me to come out of my tent and confront him about it just to find out he "thought" it was almost dawn. I wish people to respond to this as just how they are and what they prefer others to treat them like, and try not to criticize or argue about other member's way of being =).