How to Break a Backpacker

Let us count the ways:

  • Roots

  • Rain

  • Ankle Sprain

  • Blisters

  • Mosquitos

  • Biting Flies

  • Pointless Up and Downs (PUDs)

  • Broken Trekking Poles

  • Busted Water Filter

  • Chiggers

  • Ripped Rainfly

  • Crowded Campsite

  • Bear Cubs

  • Soaked Shoes

  • Black Widow Spiders

  • Whiny Husband (thanks, babe!)

  • Camel Up – No Water Sources

  • Extreme Mud – Swampy Trails

  • Badly Blazed

  • Inaccurate Maps

  • Forgetting Items (what, no pants?)

  • Hiker Hunger

  • Ticks

  • Annoying Bird Noises

  • No Suitable Trees for Hammock

  • Privy Smells

  • Bad Bathroom Etiquette

  • Trash (physical trash)

  • Cobwebs

  • Overpacked Backpack

  • Wet Wood (cough)

If you can think of any others to add to our growing list of trail tragedies, we’d love to hear them! Leave a comment and tell us what really grinds your gaiters.

5 thoughts on “How to Break a Backpacker

    1. Great list! I agree with all of these, especially the perfume overkill and dogs without leashes! We passed by a guy at Hoosier National Forest who had been bitten and warned us on our way in that he had to kick the dog to get it off of him, as the owners could not. Sad stuff!

      Going to check out your Public Campground list. Thanks for sharing!


    1. This is the truth. We were always taught that being at a campsite meant quiet and relaxation. Can’t count how many trips that have been a letdown just due to other obnoxious campers. We camp to get away from the noise, but sometimes it can be louder than the city at night!


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