As a spin off from the thread about the hiker whose body was found in the GSMNP, I pose the following questions: 1. How much attention do you pay to those you notice off trail or even on trail who may be disoriented, lost but not admitting it, etc? 2. When do you approach and how far do you push the interaction given that many folks get out to get away from people and some of us enjoy not knowing where we're going. Someone heading off trail may be disoriented or they may be going to take a piss or just heading away from the trail for some other purpose. I try to at least smile and speak to anyone I meet on or off trail. If they seem obviously "out of place", especially if they have kids with them or are older, I tend to linger and make conversation. Sometimes this allows people to ask for information they need without having their pride hurt. If nothing is obvious, but something still doesn't seem right we'll often take a break nearby, able to passably observe without being the "weirdos in the woods"? So, thoughts? Ideas? Observations? I'd like to keep this thread from heading the direction the other one is; focusing too much on what others may be carrying. My wife and I frequently do long off trail hikes with minimal gear. Usually you wouldn't know we had more than a water bottle or two by just looking at us. We have to remember that not everyone is out there to camp, test gear, bushcraft, LARP or play Rambo.