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Epic Tenting Fails – Unusual Path – An REI Co-op Publication

We’ve all made errors within the outside. It’s simply a part of the journey. Possibly you packed two left climbing sneakers, booked the flawed campsite or forgot the cooking gasoline. No matter it’s, we’re huge followers of wanting again and laughing at our goofier trials and tribulations. That’s why we’ve collected the very best blunders from REI members, staffers and others. These are a few of our favourite outside fails.

1. “On a current tenting journey, I made campfire candy potato tacos … I cooked my potatoes in my forged iron pan over the fireplace, sizzled and charred them completely, transferred them to a bowl, sat right down to eat, after which dumped the bowl everywhere in the floor. So, I rinsed them off, reheated them, reseasoned them, and ate them anyway. They have been scrumptious. I’ve no regrets.”—Lisa Hetz, member since 2019.

Campfire candy potato tacos. Credit score: Lisa Hetz.

2. “All the time good to go tenting … even whenever you arrive on the campground an hour after kiddo bedtime and notice you forgot to pack the tent, so you permit your partner and two overtired youngsters on the campsite and maniacally haul it again into city 10 minutes earlier than the native ironmongery store closes to purchase the final of the remaining two tents as a result of another person can be there doing the identical.”—Cat Roth, member since 2009.

Picture credit score: Cat Roth

3. “First backpacking journey: ‘Hey, I introduced a 3 lb. bag of gradual prepare dinner rice for our dinners.’” —Jeff Magnuson, REI gross sales specialist for camp and climb

4. “After a protracted day of mountain climbing, I used to be so relieved to get to the campsite and shortly started organising camp. After I’d secured the 4 corners of the fly to the tent, I began climbing within the tent – fully forgetting I wanted to peg down the tent till an enormous gust of wind got here by and lifted the tent fully off the bottom whereas I used to be nonetheless beneath it!”—Mikaela Ferguson, member since 2021.

5. “Flying a Tensor energy kite when it’s a bit too windy…” —Tom Blount, REI camp gross sales lead

Picture Credit score: Tom Blount

6. “While you overlook your tent poles however simply picked up chairs off of Craigslist.” —Anders Nordblom, REI senior enterprise strategist and member since 2011.

7. “On my journey up Mount Whitney, I introduced a small vial of superglue to make use of on scorching spots/blisters. I opened and used some proper earlier than my 2am remaining hike as much as the summit. In my still-half-asleep considering, I made a decision to re-cap [the superglue] and throw it in my hip belt pocket in case I wanted it in a while. What I forgot: With one other 2,500-foot acquire in elevation, issues increase. Superglue included. It ended up leaking and now I’m nonetheless attempting to determine the way to free just a few issues from the confines of the pocket.” —Kristen Evans, REI bike service technician and member since 2012.

8. “After a high-quality day of paddling on the scenic Delaware Water Hole Nationwide Recreation Space, my buddy and I beached our canoe at a campsite on the Pennsylvania aspect of the river. A blissful night time of sleep was abruptly ended the following morning after I heard my pal saying, “Ah, the place’s the canoe?” After overcoming our preliminary panic, we placed on our Tevas and headed downstream, discovering the boat on the river’s edge about 1/2 mile away, captured by low-hanging branches. Little did we all know {that a} dam launch upriver set the river degree considerably increased. Lesson realized: Though clearly not our fault, we made a degree on future journeys to all the time pull the canoe to increased floor and flip it over.”—Dan DeLong, member.

9. “‘Mountain climbing within the Black Hills of South Dakota. Fell stepping over a log.” —Instagram’s @Jordancfield

Picture Credit score: Instagram’s @Jordancfield

10. “Close to the start of three months of dwelling out of our [car] in between a significant transfer, we went backpacking in southern Utah with the pups for just a few days. After that, we drove straight to Rifle. Since Rifle is usually a bit crowded, we determined to be respectful of our neighbors and let the canine sleep in [our car] … Unbeknownst to us, our border collie had drunk some stagnant canyon water even supposing we even filtered the canine’ water whereas we have been backpacking. We woke as much as our Australian shepherd crammed up into the dashboard of the Honda Aspect. Upon opening the automobile, it was very evident why. The within of the automobile was lined in every little thing that had been popping out of each ends of our border collie. For sure, they spent the remainder of the three months sleeping exterior of the automobile in a pup tent.” —Jessie Thompson Kyle, REI retail gross sales supervisor

Picture Credit score: Jessie Thompson Kyle

11. “After mountain climbing 9 miles on the primary day of my first solo backpacking journey on Mount Hood, I used to be so stoked to eat my dehydrated veggie curry meal. In actual fact, I even introduced two gasoline canisters to ensure I had sufficient. Come to seek out out that each canisters have been fully empty. Clearly, I used to be nonetheless going to eat it. So I poured chilly water into the packet and left it in a single day. I awoke to a watery, chunky, weakly curry-flavored breakfast. Undoubtedly not so good as in a single day oats.”—Lily Poppen, Co-op Media intern and member since 2021.

Unhappy Lily after realizing she forgot to pack gasoline. Picture Credit score: Lily Poppen.

12. “A few summers in the past, I made a decision to camp distant from water as a result of we have been having flash flooding. I used to be hurriedly organising the tent earlier than the rain began and let my canine go discover. Apparently, some human … had taken an enormous dump and didn’t bury it, so she thought it will be a good suggestion to roll in it. She pranced again over so pleased with herself. She had SO a lot … throughout her. And naturally, I used to be not near water. I needed to drag my 12-year-old canine down a steep hill a methods down to wash her in ice-cold water. How did I do know it was human? As a result of she tried to roll in it once more, however luckily, I caught her earlier than it was too late!” —Sarah Sattin, REI outside college teacher

13. “Me after what I assumed was going to be a easy, fast journey as much as Camp Muir [in Washington]. It was the primary 80-degree day of 2018, the snow was slush, I forgot my Nalgene stuffed with water and NUUN within the automobile and I cramped at Camp Muir. I. Was. A. Mess. It took 9 hours to go 8 miles. Shall I proceed?” —James Campbell, REI clothes gross sales lead and retail operations communications specialist

Picture Credit score: James Campbell

14. “[Friend] tried to take a cool pic on rappel and [I] ended up slipping and falling on my butt in poop-smelling mud.” —Instagram’s @basecamplasvegas

Picture Credit score: Instagram’s @basecamplasvegas

15. “While you take your youngsters mountain climbing to Havasupai within the Arizona desert throughout a heatwave of 118 levels.” —Instagram’s @flyingstar_2002 

Picture Credit score: Instagram’s @flyingstar_2002

16. “Studying to snowshoe in 3 toes of contemporary snow. I like winter however it doesn’t appear to like me again.” —Instagram’s @carolinemaeh

Picture Credit score: Instagram’s @carolinemaeh

Editor’s be aware: This text was initially revealed in 2018. It was up to date on Aug. 16, 2022.

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