Top 10 worst things about camping...

Discussion in 'General Camping Discussion Forum' started by mred, Aug 6, 2015.

  1. thethird152

    thethird152 Active Member

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    I'll have to agree with the 'people leaving stuff behind' as really my only pet peeve. My family didn't camp when we were kids, but my friend's family did and they took me with them all the time. The one lesson they instilled in me was "always leave the campsite cleaner than it was when you go there" - which is not all that hard to do these days.

    Loud, obnoxious campers don't bother me at all - I usually find it amusing (although I don't have kids, and I could see how that might change things). I have zero problem taking care of my business in the woods if need be, so I don't care if the bathrooms are nice or not.

    Someone did mention one thing though - dogs. I am a dog lover to my core, and I have no problem at all if a dog wanders into my campsite. If the dog appears aggressive, I also don't mind appearing aggressive right back at the dog to level the playing field. My dog is still a puppy and still learning how to behave, so I keep her leashed at all times - I think that even when she's older and has calmed down a little I'll still keep her leashed though - not because I'm worried about her, but because I'm worried about how others might react. I don't blame people for being uncomfortable with an unleashed dog - not one bit - it just doesn't bother me much, and is the only thing I've ever encountered on a camping trip that made things uncomfortable with fellow campers.
     
  2. BigRedTruck

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    Below freezing temps during camping season. It happens sometimes in Wisconsin. [:(O]
     
  3. Heartman_wa

    Heartman_wa Active Member

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    I can really come up with only 3.

    1) going home
    2) party people
    3) to hot

    Other then that I don't mind the rain and we deal with bugs.
     
  4. B.T.Brews

    B.T.Brews New Member

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    The closest thing like that for me... Took my now wife then girlfriend on a hike to a favorite waterfall hike. Got to the bottom of the falls and I Hear "I can put some pants on if you'ld like." couldn't tell where the voice was coming from at first, then I hear again "I can put some pants on if you'ld like." Upon closer inspection, I spy with my little eye a really fat bald man lounging naked on the rocks. It was just about dusk and he was so tan that he was camouflaged into the golden sand.

    As to the worst things about camping... I'm pretty easy going and not much bothers me. I could only list a few

    1: Litter
    2: Dogs left alone to bark all day
    3: People who can't control their language and behavior around children
     
  5. Halford

    Halford Well-Known Member

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    They were giving you a hint...
     
  6. BarbaraFaith

    BarbaraFaith New Member

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    So many campgrounds, so little time.
     
  7. WingShot

    WingShot New Member

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    1. Scumbag losers that leave the campsite looking like the city dump!

    2. Loud, obnoxious, scumbag losers making too much noise after 10:00pm.

    3. Scumbag losers firing guns from sunup to sundown.

    4. Biting bugs. Scumbags.
     
  8. threebeachboys

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    3. Disruptive behavior.
    2. Littering/trashing the campground.
    1. Packing up and going back to reality.
     
  9. Indiana

    Indiana Just a bunch of squirrels, looking for a nut

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    People setting up right next to us when there are loads of empty spots in a boondock campground.

    Said people setting up at 11pm after we had all the kids asleep.

    Above people turning on the hip hop and partying until the wee hours.

    No campground host or a host that holes up in their TT and ignores trouble.

    The person who vomits all over the one vault toilet in the campground. And just leaves it.
     
  10. davido

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    I guess everyone's priorities would be different, but here are mine:

    [list type=decimal]
    [*]Dumping the cassette toilet.
    [*]Filling the freshwater tank with jerry-cans.
    [*]Poorly maintained campground toilets.
    [*]Generators running endlessly, particularly within an hour of a newcomer arriving (really? batteries are dead already?)
    [*]Mosquitos
    [*]Forgetting pillows.
    [*]Someone else in the group forgetting something and making it everyone else's problem.
    [*]Frequent openers-of-the-cooler.
    [*]Whiners.
    [*]Can't think of a tenth thing to dislike.
    [/list]
     
  11. campfire Joe

    campfire Joe Active Member

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    For some reason we always seem to camp next the family of 50 members that all get together on the site next to ours ad party all night. They all play some kind of music instruments and all think they can sing. They for sure can all get drunk. Most everything else I can kinda put up with, but the all night party crowd puts me in a bad way!
     
  12. skeetercampsintexas

    skeetercampsintexas Active Member

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    I'll respect the disagreement roo. And let it be known that I'm not the guy cutting through sites, nor my kids. However, I'm not too much of a stickler on people running through mine. [;)]
     
  13. NJGuy

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    1. Trash
    2. Noise
    3. something breaks
    4. forgot something
    5. camp partner expresses they would rather not spend so much time with you
    6. CG water is far from pure
    7. Cg rules rather odd
    8. CS driveway is in middle of a mudhole
    9. so windy you can't sleep
    10. Drive long distance and someone is camping on your reserved CS
     
  14. kcsa75

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    We like to go to a lake about 60 miles from home. It's in a rural area surrounded by farmland. I can totally unwind, relax and forget about work for as long as I'm there. [CP]

    But on the way home, I always get bummed out when we start hitting the city traffic in the outer suburbs. [:(]
     
  15. Antipodes

    Antipodes Call me Paul

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    Oh Man! That is perfect for a normal weekend! I think I would be there all the time.
     
  16. tfischer

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    Our very first time camping with our pup, there was a large rainstorm the night before, and our entire gravel pad was saturated, with a large puddle right in front of the only logical place for the pup door to be. I put some boards there so we could use them as stepping stones, but the camper still got really dirty, which was depressing being the first time out (even though it was NTU).

    We were camping from Saturday-Monday, and most of the CG cleared out Sunday morning so we ended up tearing down and moving over a site for the final portion. It was a bit of work but worth it.
     
  17. travisma

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    1: Rain
    2: Mosquitoes/biting flies
    3: Rain
    4: Inconsiderate noisy jackholes and their obnoxious spoiled devil spawns that are as bad or worse than them
    5: Too much stuff (working on winnowing down what doesn't get used).
    6: Running out of ice (we purchased a small ice maker for longer trips)
    7: Possibility of running out of beer. Hasn't happened thankfully
    8: Having to pack up
    9: Having to go home
    10: Length of time to the next trip
     
  18. 1380ken

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    1, paying for firewood
     
  19. tfischer

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    I'll even soften that to "paying way too much for D-grade firewood that you're required to use by law"
     
  20. carolinacamper

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    I feel more laid back than I thought I was after reading what gets some folks worked up. Some of the best stories/memories I have when camping are when things got interesting or did not work out as planned.

    Tent camped at the highest point on the east coast, Mt. Mitchell, NC on what was suppose to be a mild August night. Temps dropped into the 40's, wind picked up to 60 mph and rain came in like a hurricane. We were up all night freezing, wet and tired. We still talk about that camping experience with a smile.

    Now getting the awning assembled on our pup the first time we used it... that's a different story.
     

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