18 thoughts on “You Know You’re Hiker Trash When You’re Off Trail And…

  1. You eat backpacker meals for dinner…at home. I just had a Packit Gourmet soup for dinner tonight and my son was willing to bring me home Thai from the restaurant. “Nah, I’ll just eat this Poblano Corn Chowder.”


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  3. Some of these things I think would make someone less than a desirable hiker, while some not at all.

    Pooping and peeing outside when you have access to a toilet. I pee outside all the time if it is ok to do so. Toilets waste water. Why waste up to a gallon of drinkable water just to get rid of half a liter of pee?

    Why is someone, I’m guessing your target is women on this one, considered trash if they don’t shave their armpits and legs while not on trail?

    Forgetting to wear deodorant? I haven’t worn deodorant in I don’t know how long.

    Your feet always have calluses? My feet have had calluses as long as I can remember, years before I even started hiking.

    You have some type of trail tattoo. YOU have at least one trail tattoo that I’ve seen.

    As someone who has done conservation work for a number of years, including 4 years as a backcountry restoration worker in Yosemite, I can say that if you use toilet paper or wipes regularly on the trail, you are not necessarily trash, just not very conscious or a rookie. A smooth stick or select flora is far superior to 2 ply, 3ply. Charmins got nothing on a smooth stick after a rainstorm.

    You get upset at someone not finishing all their food? Once again, I have always gotten upset at people not finishing their food. It’s wasteful.

    I’m guessing by the tone of this article that you might see the term hiker trash as maybe an endearing term. I do not see it or use it that way. When I consider someone to be trash, it means that’s where they belong, in actual trash at a garbage dump. And if that is the case, that you are using it as a endearing term to embrace fellow hikers, than please disregard my response. If though, you are using it in a derogatory way, can you give your definition of hiker trash. I think trash is kinda a harsh word to throw around, especially for someone so well composed and thoughtful on their videos.

    Hiker trash. Anyone who:

    Washes their dishes in a water source.
    Uses soap whether for dishes or on their body while at a water source.
    Does not thoroughly put out a campfire, thinking that it will go out naturally.
    Camps right next to the trail.
    Burns food wrappers or other types of things, especially tinfoil, in campfires.
    Does not follow proper protocol for pooping in the woods, especially not packing out TP.


    • Hey Danny! First you left this comment after reading a Snuggles Diary…Darwin makes the videos. Second, Hiker Trash is a term of endearment. It’s what we call each other. This whole post was meant to be funny, some funny thoughts for a hiker on or off trail. I’m sorry you took it in a negative way. Hope you enjoy some of my other posts! – Snuggles


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