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The 11 Types of people you meet on a hike

Post by CraigRat » 09 June 10 7:55 pm

http://hikingboots.com/blog/11-types-of ... the-trail/
I think I've met the whole lot! ( The 'Prison escapee' was while camping at Bakers Beach, long story)

Alas, I also fit category #9.

Can anyone add to the list?? :lol:

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Re: The 11 Types of people you meet on a hike

Post by Agent Basil » 09 June 10 8:03 pm

What about the yo-yo family ? Mum and Dad walking along at a slowish pace, with the youngsters running ahead, turning around, running back to make sure Mum and Dad are still coming, repeat n+1 times !

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Post by Richary » 09 June 10 8:06 pm

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Post by Dave-Tas » 09 June 10 8:09 pm

richary wrote:Firefox can't find the server at hikingboots.com :? ](*,) :-k
Mine does, must be your server
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Virgin's DNS must be stuffing up again. Had that happen sometimes before where certain sites it just can't resolve.

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Re: The 11 Types of people you meet on a hike

Post by blossom* » 09 June 10 8:17 pm

What about the international tourist with almost no gear who's travelling around Australia on foot and plans to see every corner of the country.

I've met a few of these and they carry 500ml of water to supply them for a week, a piece of plastic as a tent substitute only just big enough to reach from head to toe and almost from side to side (but not quite), a tiny weeny tin that doubles as a stove in some way, and not much else.

They're usually found in way outback remote places and I've wondered if they ever made it :shock:

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Re: The 11 Types of people you meet on a hike

Post by rogerw3 » 09 June 10 8:17 pm

:oops:
Alas I must admit to fitting the #9 category, wish I did not but there it is.

#12 the woefully lacking in everything tourist walker, I have seen them in the Blue Mountains in thongs (the flip flop kind!) and t-shirt, miles away from their car with the weather about to change for the worse any minute.
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Post by blossom* » 09 June 10 8:20 pm

rogerw3 wrote::oops:
Alas I must admit to fitting the #9 category, wish I did not but there it is.

#12 the woefully lacking in everything tourist walker, I have seen them in the Blue Mountains in thongs (the flip flop kind!) and t-shirt, miles away from their car with the weather about to change for the worse any minute.
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Oh yeah, I'd forgotten about the flip flops!
And there is NO WAY you are in the #9 category. You must walk about 100km a week just to visit interesting caches or put out some new ones.

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Re: The 11 Types of people you meet on a hike

Post by rogerw3 » 09 June 10 8:22 pm

[quote="blossom
Oh yeah, I'd forgotten about the flip flops!
And there is NO WAY you are in the #9 category. You must walk about 100km a week just to visit interesting caches or put out some new ones.[/quote]

Sorry to disapoint you, you should see me gasping for breath on the uphill sections!
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Post by Yurt » 09 June 10 8:35 pm

rogerw3 wrote::oops:
Alas I must admit to fitting the #9 category, wish I did not but there it is.

#12 the woefully lacking in everything tourist walker, I have seen them in the Blue Mountains in thongs (the flip flop kind!) and t-shirt, miles away from their car with the weather about to change for the worse any minute.
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That's the one I've seen the most, especially in the Mtns. Hot day, no water, crap shoes, massive walk.

# 13 Freaky loner who doesn't acknowledge your existence even though there's been no one on the trail for miles. Of course they could be the prison escapee!

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Re: The 11 Types of people you meet on a hike

Post by Team Wibble » 09 June 10 8:45 pm

At the risk of stereotyping, I'd add:
The middle-aged eastern suburbs (in Adelaide, that's wealthy) women out for a group "fitness" hike who take up the whole path, wear the latest most expensive fitness gear (not hiking gear, but the stuff you'd see in a gym) and yet lug their large D&G handbags with them (and expensive bottled water). I've seen them in Cleland and Morialta and on more than one occasion heard them complain about people daring to "JOG or RUN" on the trails and get in everyone's way.

They kind of remind me of a section of Bill Bryson's excellent book "A walk in the woods" where he and his companion encounter a group along the Appallacian trail who show no knowledge of trail etiquette, essentially force them out of the shelter hut, and keep them up late with drunken antics. Early the next morning Bill's companion (somewhat ashamedly, but not particularly) admits 500 feet down the trail that as he left the shelter he stole the shoelaces from the most obnoxious women's hiking boots :mrgreen:

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Post by Dave-Tas » 09 June 10 9:51 pm

I started this so i dont become #9, i may have started too late #-o ](*,)

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Re: The 11 Types of people you meet on a hike

Post by GammaPiSigma » 09 June 10 10:05 pm

CraigRat wrote:http://hikingboots.com/blog/11-types-of ... the-trail/
I think I've met the whole lot! ( The 'Prison escapee' was while camping at Bakers Beach, long story)

Alas, I also fit category #9.

Can anyone add to the list?? :lol:
14. The wierdo sitting by the track holding a GPSr as if nothing is going on.
rogerw3 wrote::oops:
Alas I must admit to fitting the #9 category, wish I did not but there it is.

#12 the woefully lacking in everything tourist walker, I have seen them in the Blue Mountains in thongs (the flip flop kind!) and t-shirt, miles away from their car with the weather about to change for the worse any minute.
](*,)
+1 for me being in the 9 category as well. Have to agree with your #12, the number of people I have seen bushwalking who are woefully under-prepared is scary.

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Re: The 11 Types of people you meet on a hike

Post by SG-3 » 09 June 10 10:17 pm

#15 The fully clothed guy with a topless young woman on each arm, heading in the opposite direction, who all nod a cheery greeting as they walk towards, then past you. :shock:

This happened to me as a 16(?) year old walking out from Snug Falls in Tasmania with the family. The funny thing was my younger brother was walking a good 100 metres ahead of the rest of us, and after we had passed the trio we joked about how he would have reacted to the "fellow walkers". When we caught up with him at the car, he didn't say a word, and was very quiet on the trip home! :oops:

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Re: The 11 Types of people you meet on a hike

Post by PesceVerde » 09 June 10 10:37 pm

Depending on the track, I think I ve seen many bits and pieces of these.

Me, I'm just an average sweet old mysterious drunk escapee dude looking for a nice seat.

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