10 Reasons why you should never spend time in the backcountry
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Mike Blarowki
(MikeyB) - F - M
10 Reasons why you should never spend time in the backcountry on 04/02/2013 11:05:56 MDT Print View

Did you ever wonder if going into the backcountry is a good idea?

Here are the top 10 Reasons why you should never go into the backcountry

Edited by MikeyB on 04/02/2013 11:14:28 MDT.

Stephen Barber
(grampa) - MLife

Locale: SoCal
re: 10 reasons on 04/02/2013 11:17:32 MDT Print View

It's all true! So much better to stay in the metropolis! ;)

Stuart .
(lotuseater) - M

Locale: 40°N,-105°W-ish
Re: 10 Reasons on 04/02/2013 11:20:56 MDT Print View

Not to mention snakes and bears and mountain lions, oh and did I mention snakes...? Stay at home. Please.

Mike Blarowki
(MikeyB) - F - M
snakes on 04/02/2013 11:29:56 MDT Print View

oh yes, I did forget the snakes, didn't I?

Stephen M
(stephenm) - MLife

Locale: The Great Lakes Bay Region
Re: snakes on 04/02/2013 11:33:59 MDT Print View

What about two legged snakes?

Mike Blarowki
(MikeyB) - F - M
Re: Re: snakes on 04/02/2013 12:12:12 MDT Print View

If you've seen two legged snakes Stephen I would love to see some photos :-)

Stephen M
(stephenm) - MLife

Locale: The Great Lakes Bay Region
Re: Re: Re: snakes on 04/02/2013 12:16:32 MDT Print View

Mike,

I refer to unsavoury and nasty people.

Mike Blarowki
(MikeyB) - F - M
Re: Re: Re: Re: snakes on 04/02/2013 12:26:20 MDT Print View

Ahh i'm with you now Stephen

Stephen M
(stephenm) - MLife

Locale: The Great Lakes Bay Region
Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: snakes on 04/02/2013 12:28:21 MDT Print View

:-)

David Thomas
(DavidinKenai) - MLife

Locale: North Woods. Far North.
A few more reasons why you should never spend time in the backcountry on 04/02/2013 12:32:55 MDT Print View

Your apps may not be able to update automatically.

It might rain. Or snow. Or be sunny.

You could stub your toe on a root or rock since many backcountry locations do not have adequate sidewalks installed.

Adam Rothermich
(aroth87) - F

Locale: Missouri Ozarks
Re: 10 Reasons why you should never spend time in the backcountry on 04/02/2013 15:02:16 MDT Print View

You might be sore at the end of the day.

You might be still be sore when you wake up.

Adam

Justin Baker
(justin_baker) - F

Locale: Santa Rosa, CA
Re: A few more reasons why you should never spend time in the backcountry on 04/02/2013 15:06:41 MDT Print View

The rain is wet, the snow is cold, and the sun will burn you. You really can't win here.

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Re: A few more reasons why you should never spend time in the backcountry on 04/02/2013 15:55:18 MDT Print View

You'll miss out on reading useless crap on the internet.

Gary Dunckel
(Zia-Grill-Guy) - MLife

Locale: Boulder
Re: A few more reasons why you should never spend time in the backcountry on 04/02/2013 16:31:01 MDT Print View

Or you might run into the Idster, B.G., Travis, Konrad, or me on the trail--what a fine mess that would be for you. And then there's David, Dean F., Adan, Craig, Mike, Kat, the Link, and maybe even Maia--it's pretty darned dangerous out there, with all those rascals on the loose.

Nick Gatel
(ngatel) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
Reasons why you should never spend time in "my" deserts on 04/02/2013 16:45:14 MDT Print View

Earthquakes, boulder avalanches, landslides, flash floods, freezing temperatures, triple-digit temperatures, rabid rodents and mammals, poisonous snakes, poisonous insects and spiders, predatory packs of coyotes, man-eating tarantulas, nasty large biting lizards, no marked trails, probably no water, and GPS failures."

Franco Darioli
(Franco) - M

Locale: Melbourne
10 Reasons why you should never spend time in the backcountry on 04/02/2013 17:17:06 MDT Print View

The real problem is that animals poop everywhere, they have no respect.

Justin Baker
(justin_baker) - F

Locale: Santa Rosa, CA
Re: 10 Reasons why you should never spend time in the backcountry on 04/02/2013 18:51:09 MDT Print View

You might even get sweaty and start to smell bad. Gross!

Edited by justin_baker on 04/02/2013 18:51:47 MDT.

jerry adams
(retiredjerry) - MLife

Locale: Oregon and Washington
Re: 10 Reasons why you should never spend time in the backcountry on 04/02/2013 19:00:13 MDT Print View

"The real problem is that animals poop everywhere, they have no respect"

At least they don't use toilet paper

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
10 Reasons why you should never spend time in the backcountry on 04/02/2013 19:05:44 MDT Print View

Hatchet wielding maniacs

Sasquatch

Pot farms

No ice cream or taco trucks

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Re: 10 Reasons why you should never spend time in the backcountry on 04/02/2013 19:39:59 MDT Print View

"You might even get sweaty and start to smell bad. Gross!"

Exactly what are you trying to say?

--B.G.--

Jeremy B.
(requiem) - F - M

Locale: Northern California
Re: 10 Reasons why you should never spend time in the backcountry on 04/02/2013 19:45:26 MDT Print View

The real problem is that animals poop everywhere, they have no respect.

Is it bad that my first thought was "how is this different from San Francisco sidewalks?"


Obligatory contributions:
-You can't call out for pizza: clearly a starvation danger.
-If you're not careful you might get some nature on you.

RA Amundsen
(Grimner)
Down that path lies insanity and BPL on 04/02/2013 20:41:03 MDT Print View

You might spend more than five minutes alone and thus run the grave risk of attending your own thoughts.

Bob Bankhead
(wandering_bob) - MLife

Locale: Oregon, USA
10 Reasons why you should never spend time in the backcountry on 04/02/2013 21:21:07 MDT Print View

You will have to actually walk up and down each elevation change due to the total lack of escalators in the wilderness. The few elevators that do exist have been shut down due to federal budget cuts necessitated by Congress's complete inability to pass a budget.




However, the primary reason is that, despite their advertising, Domino's does NOT deliver to wilderness campsites.

Edited by wandering_bob on 04/02/2013 21:26:15 MDT.

Stephen Barber
(grampa) - MLife

Locale: SoCal
10 Reasons on 04/02/2013 21:42:48 MDT Print View

Mosquitoes! Black flies! No-see-ums! Ticks!

Even worse: DEET and Permetherin!

Travis Leanna
(T.L.) - MLife

Locale: Wisconsin
#11 on 04/02/2013 22:07:23 MDT Print View

Emerging from the backcountry makes society seem that much worse.

Mike Blarowki
(MikeyB) - F - M
thanks for all the extra reasons on 04/03/2013 09:15:24 MDT Print View

And I thought my 10 reasons covered it all :-) Thanks for all of the new reasons I missed in my blog post

Oh, and we all forgot that there is no starbucks

Stuart .
(lotuseater) - M

Locale: 40°N,-105°W-ish
Sbux on 04/03/2013 10:05:55 MDT Print View

Thank goodness for that. Now, if you'd mentioned there was no Peets, I might be having palpitations...

Tipi Walter
(TipiWalter) - F
Reasons on 04/04/2013 14:47:29 MDT Print View

"Hundreds of people around" reminded me of a thought I had on a recent trip into the Citico wilderness in east TN. As I was sitting in camp counting the frequent loud jets flying overhead I thought, "Sure there's no one right here in camp with me but about 600 complete strangers flying overhead and not that far away." Bummer.

"Fresh Air" is a myth at least where I go in the Southeast from Mt Rogers to the Cohuttas. It's the same air which has made the GSMNP the most air polluted park in the country. Breathe deeply my friends.

Alex Wallace
(FeetFirst) - F

Locale: Northern California
Re: Down that path lies insanity and BPL on 04/11/2013 01:33:36 MDT Print View

Grimner wrote "You might spend more than five minutes alone and thus run the grave risk of attending your own thoughts."

So true. Have you ever noticed that when people are by them selves in a public place that they immediately fidget and grab the cell phone and look up...what? What's so important?! Anyways, while at a local eatery/bar I noticed that all of the "singles" at the bar were on their cell phones. I can't imagine trying to pick-up a girl these days at the bar -- having to compete with Mr. iPhone.

Edited by FeetFirst on 04/11/2013 01:45:28 MDT.

Jim Colten
(jcolten) - M

Locale: MN
Re: 10 Reasons why you should never spend time in the backcountry on 04/11/2013 08:48:27 MDT Print View

-You can't call out for pizza: clearly a starvation danger.

Between sat phones, GPS and drones that reason will be gone soon:-)

Here's one from true life. 40 yrs ago my then boss was canoeing in the boundary waters and ran into a youth group from Texas. Those kids refused to swim in the lakes ... something was wrong with the water ... it was BLUE!

Art ...
(asandh) - F
Re: 10 Reasons why you should never spend time in the backcountry on 04/11/2013 09:17:25 MDT Print View

just an FYI :

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