As I’m writing this, I’m lamenting the fact that I had originally planned to go do some scrambling around the Wichitas today. Too bad someone socked me with a really nasty cold bug. So no trip report yet.
It did, however, get me to thinking about some funnier things that have happened to me out in the backcountry. Usually I didn’t know it was funny until it was too late.
A few years back, I was on a summer backpacking trip with a good-sized group of dudes. The weather was weird, raining a couple times a day. No real worries (except for the lightning). But in the midst of these downpours, my pack got pretty wet.
Thankfully, most of my stuff was protected from the elements or otherwise stayed dry. With one REALLY important exception.
The toilet paper.
Yep, an entire’s weekend’s supply of that indispensible stuff was soaked through. All because I forgot to pack it inside a plastic bag. I cannot begin to tell you how useless a soaking-wet wad of toilet paper is.
Don’t forget the plastic, folks. Little sandwich bags for stuff like toilet paper, a trash sack for bigger items like clothes or your sleeping bag. It won’t add much weight and will make things, shall we say, a bit more comfortable!
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– Bob Doucette