My husband was a thru-hiker. Here are some of the habits that I assume he picked up on the trail.
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1. He drinks the dish water from the pot, even when car camping with a potable water source. This is not my favorite.
2. He puts on his “camp socks” for sleeping and insists that everyone in the family do the same.
He also has sleeping socks at home as well.
3. He makes a solid argument that floor-less tarp tents are better than traditional tents for avoiding rodents.
He argues that while they may not keep rodents out, a tarp tent at least doesn’t keep rodents in. I can’t really argue with that I guess.
4. He can wear gators pretty much anytime and has gators for any occasion.
5. He doesn’t understand why people exercise when they should just thru hike.
“They should go outside.”
6. He wears layers all the time, even to go the grocery store.
He adds layers and takes off layers constantly. The sun is shining and a layer comes off. The sun is behind a cloud and a layer goes on. Our kids do this as well and it is exhausting.
7. He anticipates river crossing, even on day hikes.
He sometimes crosses rivers that we don’t even need to cross or at least he talks about how to cross rivers that we don’t need to cross.
8. He keeps his things in tiny bags and boxes. Seriously, he has endless tiny bags.
9. Pack weight is a constant concern, even on grade school field trips.
10. He doesn’t know the day of the week, time of day, or federal holidays but he can tell you how to find the nearest mountain pass.
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