- Jul 24, 2018 at 9:28 pm #3548272
I’m imagining that baby carefully swadled and tucked into the drum for the hike. Is that wrong?Jul 24, 2018 at 10:47 pm #3548278
Tipi WalterBPL Member
I’m not sure how the heck they did it. Me myself? I carried in the 14 foot diameter canvas tipi cover (just visible background left).Aug 29, 2018 at 9:49 pm #3553700
@corbyLocale: Coast Mountains
On the West Coast Trail last summer I saw all sorts of crazy stuff. Multiple people carrying Steel tripod campfire grills, lawn chairs, cases of beer. At the first campsite we found a full size cast iron griddle. and on the second day found a whole ripe Mango at a lunch spot. (We ate it)
That trail does not seem to attract light weight hikers. At the half way point of the trail (35km in) there is a weigh in scale and we saw two guys bragging that their packs were over 100lbs. The looks me and my brother got when our packs were in the mid 20’s.Aug 30, 2018 at 3:53 am #3553781
Rene RavenelBPL Member
A few years ago on the High Sierra Trail, I saw a ranger packing out an abandoned queen size air bed with battery powered inflator.
But my favorite was when a friend pulled a duraflame log out of his pack. This was quite intentionally ridiculous – we had less than 2 miles in down a gentle, half-paved grade, for the first night of 3. We burnt it that night.Aug 30, 2018 at 5:14 am #3553790
David ThomasBPL Member
@davidinkenaiLocale: North Woods. Far North.
A Duraflame log is fuel. So it doesn’t count against your base weight.Aug 30, 2018 at 6:01 pm #3553883
Rene RavenelBPL Member
I suppose you could cook breakfast over your burning queen size air bed?Aug 31, 2018 at 4:03 pm #3554021
Paul WegemannBPL Member
@peweg8Locale: Western Colorado
A blower dryer (110v AC) along with a full size bottle of shampoo, another of conditioner, and a makeup kit. (No stove/fuel, water filter or toilet paper though!). Since that debacle I’ve been much more selective of my backpacking partners.Aug 31, 2018 at 4:41 pm #3554024
tony gBPL Member
I dont know if I should admit this….I’m a Scout Master, took a few newer scouts on a easy 4mile back packing trip. One scout proceeds to pull a ice chest…?… he brought sushi for dinner…….
This year I inspected all their pack prior to the trip all good.. except we get to our destination 9 miles in. That same scout now has 7 frozen bottles of water and 2 full size pool blow up loung chairs for the lake……Aug 31, 2018 at 6:54 pm #3554036
That same scout now has 7 frozen bottles of water and 2 full size pool blow up loung chairs for the lake……
Hahahaha. Ya know whut? Assuming he hauled all that 9 mi into the backcountry without saying a word (because otherwise you’d have know about it before you got there), he sounds like a trooper! Well done :)Aug 31, 2018 at 7:30 pm #3554053
Steofan MBPL Member
@simauliusLocale: Bohemian Alps
Someone hid a pineapple in my pack “as the perfect thing to go with the freeze-dried jambalaya” that I was carrying. Not a bad idea but packing out the inedible parts was a bit messy. I always suspected that the culprit was the fellow who stuffed a six bottles of Corona into his pack. Made for a good laugh and a great dinner though.Sep 4, 2018 at 10:47 pm #3554534
Erik GBPL Member
@fox212Locale: Central Coast
Every beginner I’ve hiked with has skipped the crucial step of not repeatedly checking their pack throughout the day for my “extra” beer.
It’s a crucial step to miss, for both of us…
;)Sep 5, 2018 at 10:14 pm #3554697
Dan YBPL Member
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Eric BlumensaadtBPL Member
@danepackerLocale: Mojave Desert
Many years ago my buddy and I had to argue sternly that the 3rd member of our party should NOT bring his Hitler Youth sheath knife AND his pocket knife. The sheath knife reluctantly went back in his car.
I hiked with a thru hiker on the AT whose handle was “Skillet”. (Yes, he began the thru hike in GA with a small cast iron skillet!) By the time my buddy and I met him in Virginia he was a well seasoned backpacker. No more skillet.Feb 10, 2019 at 1:53 am #3577717
Andy FitzGibbonBPL Member
A 1 lb. ball peen hammer, which was used to pound in stakes for the two Zpacks Duplex tents they’d brought.Feb 10, 2019 at 2:44 am #3577724
I was hiking out on the Manzana trail and met a group of young guys who were carrying a full-sized cooler and full-sized folding canvas chairs, the kind that kind of scrunch up and have cup-holders in the arm rests. They would walk a few feet and stop to rest for a while, then hike another few feet, then rest again. As long as they had a good time I suppose it doesn’t really matter.
Once I went on a trip in high school and found some firewood about 2 miles from the camp so I put a log on top of my pack. I could barely walk after that.Feb 10, 2019 at 3:47 am #3577730
Brett ABPL Member
Saw four kids carry one of these, along with cans of soup, into a shelter on the AT.
They also had a carton of shelf-stable milk and a big box of cereal.Feb 10, 2019 at 4:21 am #3577735
Tipi WalterBPL Member
Did someone mention FRUIT?? Me and my backpacking buddies have an Appalachian mountain tradition—humping out a full watermelon during the trip. If successful (sometimes the watermelon slides out from under the top pack lid)—they are inducted into the exclusive Melon Club.
I carried my Melon into Pisgah on Upper Creek back in 1985. Johnny B brought in his Melon in the spring of 1988. Before the Age of Cameras. We old geezers have style.
Even the youngsters are getting in on the act as my backpacking buddy Patman, 20 years my junior, has humped in several melons over the years—to surprise me. Photo proof? Oh heck yes—
Patman doing a Melon Dance in Bald River Gorge wilderness.
Patman with Melon on Slickrock Creek. (Check out his Seek Outside pack).
Melon Boy surprises me with his Melon in the Big Frog wilderness.Feb 10, 2019 at 4:53 pm #3577767
Jay LashBPL Member
Had a Scout carry hardback copies of the 4th and 5th Harry Potter books. No idea when he thought he would read so much on a 1 night trip.Feb 10, 2019 at 6:23 pm #3577784
We were talking to some old guys at a backcountry camp once who told us stories of the good old days. One time they were getting ready for a trip and one of them snuck a 12-pack of beer into the other guy’s backpack without him seeing it. At the end of the day he complains, my pack just feels so heavy, I don’t get it. Snickering, the first guy tells him to open his pack, which he does, and then discovers the beer. He replies, “Oh yeah? Well look in your pack!” Which he does and pulls out a whole frozen turkey. Good times, they said as they handed us a cold one out of a big red cooler. We were 16 miles from the nearest road. We asked, why did you bring so much beer? They pointed to their horses grazing in a nearby clearing, “Because we can.”Feb 12, 2019 at 3:29 am #3578009
My second trip I brought a darbuka. Totally worth it though to play around campfire with no humans within 8 or 10 miles.Feb 12, 2019 at 5:47 pm #3578071
Jeffs ElevenBPL Member
I’ve seen numerous beginners with a bunch of mid-sized rocks in their packs. …Dunno how they got there…Feb 12, 2019 at 7:57 pm #3578102
My second trip I brought a darbuka. Totally worth it though to play around campfire with no humans within 8 or 10 miles.
Probably scared there might be cannibals.
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