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Unwritten Rules of Backpacking with Buddies
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Jay Wilkerson
(Creachen) - MLife

Locale: East Bay
Unwritten Rules of Backpacking with Buddies on 12/07/2009 16:15:55 MST Print View

First person to the campsite gets first grabs on tent site selection. Is that fair?

If I pack in some cold beverages I am going to drink them. I did not pack in four 24oz beers for my friends to drink.

You must relieve yourself very,very far from the camp....Not just outside your tent.

There has to be more:

Oh Yea-Pick up your trash Dude!

What other unwritten rules are there?

Edited by Creachen on 12/07/2009 16:27:36 MST.

Willie Evenstop
(redmonk) - F

Locale: Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem
Unwritten Rules of Backpacking with Buddies on 12/07/2009 16:21:42 MST Print View

I wait for slower people at trail junctions, and places where the trail is hard to follow.

Jay Wilkerson
(Creachen) - MLife

Locale: East Bay
Unwritten rules of Backpacking with Buddies and Family on 12/07/2009 16:27:06 MST Print View

I always carry in all the food for the family.

Edited by Creachen on 12/12/2009 23:01:50 MST.

JJ Mathes
(JMathes) - F

Locale: Southeast US
backpacking with buddies on 12/07/2009 16:55:13 MST Print View

everyone in camp helps with gathering firewood

Lori P
(lori999) - F

Locale: Central Valley
Re: Unwritten Rules of Backpacking with Buddies on 12/07/2009 16:56:01 MST Print View

Learn to navigate yourself so when I fall off a rock and knock myself silly you can go for help....

Carry some of the fuel instead of assuming I brought enough for you too, and don't be asking me to boil water for you only when we are setting up ten miles from the car.... It's called planning ahead. You were supposed to do that too.

Don't leave the $%^&# bear canister open!

Jim W.
(jimqpublic) - MLife

Locale: So-Cal
Re: Unwritten Rules of Backpacking with ... Wife on 12/07/2009 17:11:52 MST Print View

Even if your wife laughs at lightweight gear you had better carry a lot more group gear then her.

Don't be too obvious reminding her that you can pee in 30 seconds while still wearing your pack.

Pretend you have as many mosquito bites as her (who refused permethrin clothing treatment and DEET in favor of lemon-eucalyptus oil)

Man does all the cooking and cleanup.

Your wife might not think the same dish is appropriate for every dinner. Especially if it's mostly made of dried refried beans and dried cheese... if you know what I mean.

Don't let the children get eaten by a puma.

Jay Wilkerson
(Creachen) - MLife

Locale: East Bay
Unwritten Rules of Backpacking with Buddies on 12/07/2009 17:17:48 MST Print View

Backpacking food causes a lot of Gas----Just let it rip--Hold nothing back...Farting is almost a right of passage on the trail-- it moves you along.

Diplomatic Mike

Locale: Under a bush in Scotland
Unwritten rules on 12/07/2009 17:24:53 MST Print View

Don't agree if she asks if the new hiking pants she is wearing make her ass look big.

Jay Wilkerson
(Creachen) - MLife

Locale: East Bay
Unwritten Rules on 12/07/2009 18:13:15 MST Print View

Dig the cathole for the wifey.

Ken T.
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
"Unwritten Rules of Backpacking with Buddies" on 12/07/2009 18:19:09 MST Print View

Remove ticks from anywhere. Don't say anything other than OK got it.

stefan hoffman
(puckem) - F

Locale: between trees
unwritten rules on 12/07/2009 19:36:37 MST Print View

Once in cross country, a teammate accidentally spit over his right shoulder....directly into my mouth. NOT COOL. so watch where you spit, especially if its windy.

Warn the group if you are going to be bathing nekkid in a nearby stream, and do it well downstream of camp.

People who snore like a chainsaw....denial doesnt cut it, and its not funny. Camp far away, or get your tent dropped on you at 3am. :)

If you bring some insanely tasty and aromatic food, and your buddies are eating unseasoned beans and rice, be descrete. Cook the bacon downwind, or share.

Nobody wants to smell your feet/socks/shoes after an 8 hour day of hiking. Especially if sharing a tent. Do what ya gotta do.

Digging a cat hole for your wifey....for real?

Nick Gatel
(ngatel) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
Re: unwritten rules on 12/07/2009 19:45:50 MST Print View

I backpack alone. No buddies is the rule.

Unknown abc
(edude) - F
"Unwritten Rules of Backpacking with Buddies" on 12/07/2009 19:48:07 MST Print View

When your 2 friends are going with their Dad and sharing a tent, bring the smallest tent possible for yourself so that when you arrive at the rocky campsite and the trio with the 3-man tent takes the only flat, non-rocky spot within a radius of 2 square miles, you have the most chance of being able to sleep that night LOL (true experience)

Edit: yeah I know what you're going to say, bring a hammock. well those don't work to well above the treeline lol

Edited by edude on 12/07/2009 19:49:18 MST.

ben wood

Locale: flatlands of MO
Re: Unwritten Rules of Backpacking with Buddies on 12/07/2009 20:15:33 MST Print View

if 3 men are forced into a 2 man tent; what happens on the trail stays on the trail.

so...of course i haven't done that.

Piper S.
(sbhikes) - F

Locale: Santa Barbara (Name: Diane)
Re: Unwritten Rules of Backpacking with Buddies on 12/07/2009 20:36:26 MST Print View

Be flexible. People will often have little paranoias about the woods that you don't have, so just try to accommodate them rather than argue about it.

Don't say anything about your buddy's packweight, especially if yours is really light and can be lifted with one hand and they have to hoist their pack to their knee first before struggling into it. Let the ease of your movements be the quiet advertisement and leave the evangelizing until they actually ask you a question.

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(Trooper) - F
Re: Unwritten Rules of Backpacking with Buddies on 12/07/2009 21:32:34 MST Print View

Great thread, Jay.

Jim, I hope you aren't speaking from experience: "Don't let the children get eaten by a puma."

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(Trooper) - F
Re: backpacking with buddies on 12/07/2009 21:35:46 MST Print View

"everyone in camp helps with gathering firewood"

...and then double the amount. It always seems to run out at 0300 hrs.

Mary D
(hikinggranny) - MLife

Locale: Gateway to Columbia River Gorge
Unwritten Rules of Backpacking with Buddies on 12/07/2009 21:37:52 MST Print View

I'm with Nick--go alone and avoid all these problems. I do take my dog--he adjusts his pace to mine (slower) and keeps my feet warm at night!

josh wagner
(StainlessSteel) - F
wang out on 12/07/2009 21:46:35 MST Print View

please put friends on notice with a simple call of "wang out" or something similar when changing boxers, taking a dump, etc

James Byrnes
(backfeets1) - M

Locale: Midwest.... Missouri
confused on 12/08/2009 03:53:37 MST Print View

Is that ben wood or bent wood :)

I usually prefer one person tents. I suffer anxiety over gear damage from my friends style/lack of experience in equipment care especially in rain/muddy situations. Also avoids gas, snore, pee issues. I am usually the only one that owns the appropriate gear for the trip. For people that aren't familiar with the shelter configuration,wakening in the night to exit and do their business, gear can get damaged. The gear I provide my friends is a little more robust and thus heavier so no worries. I carry more of the food/group gear to equal the pack weight.