The stupid things I did before I knew better...

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Re: The stupid things I did before I knew better...

by Tangeman » Tue Oct 11, 2011 3:09 am

My first backpacking trip when I was 12 was me, a bunch of other kids, and two 20-somethings who were supposed to "take care" of us, but that's a misleader because they were both as dumb as we were. :P

Naturally, being all cool and stuff, we packed in all the ingredients for bacon cheesburgers. Yeah, that's right. Double bacon cheeseburgers at that. It was awesome until we realized they attracted every bear in a 5 mile radius. Needless to say that was an...interesting night :D

One the same trip I ate a ham, cheese, lettuce and mayo sandwich that had been in my pocket for 3 days. The lettuce was brown. :shock:

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Re: The stupid things I did before I knew better...

by fatdad » Tue Oct 11, 2011 6:36 pm

BTW, re the dude who climbed Rainier in jeans, Hugh Burton (Yosemite hardman from the 70s) supposedly climbed the Cassin Ridge in jeans.

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Re: The stupid things I did before I knew better...

by mcorbs28 » Tue Oct 11, 2011 7:03 pm

wow.... where to start? i should just start a post called "the stupid things i do because i don't know better..."

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Re: The stupid things I did before I knew better...

by Marmaduke » Mon Aug 27, 2012 4:03 am

This wasn't me but I what I saw. Desolation Wilderness (Calif) and there is a "hiker" with an ice ax dangling from his pack. Late August and no ice or snow to be found. Am I naive, is there some use this guy might have had for the ax? Or ........

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by simonov » Mon Jul 20, 2015 3:16 pm

simonov wrote:I had cheap "waffle stomper" boots and the warmest outer garment I had as a teen during most of the year was a single-wall cotton Army jacket my brother had left behind (in the winter I wore a ski jacket). I wore that Army jacket everywhere, even on a week-long trek along the High Sierra Trail in August 1976, when it snowed on us at one point.[/color]

Not long ago I found some slides I took on that trip (it was July, not August).

Here's the Army jacket and the Kilimanjaro pack (with aftermarket hip belt), and cheap sleeping bag at the start of the hike:


Only three days later:


The black plastic bag is full of my patrol's trash.

Sadly, the boy becomes a man, eventually:


Nunc est bibendum.

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by Jacky Chan » Wed Apr 19, 2017 7:20 am

lasvegaswraith wrote:
MoapaPk wrote:I once wore white shoes after labor day.


I've done plenty of stupid stuff, but my wife says I don't have enough time cuz she has a paper to finish tonight....

This is just awesome :D
I once wore white tennis shoes for like 20 miles, was stupid enough of me 8) After the hike it was unrecognizable!


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