What is a creepy/ disturbing/ scary experience you have had while camping/hiking in the wilderness?

Mudassir Ali
Feb 19, 2020 05:09 AM 0 Answers
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Mudassir Ali
- Feb 19, 2020 05:10 AM

Father’s Day was always the date for the start of a new hiking season with the kids. It was always the trail form Horseshoe Meadows to Cottonwood Lakes in the Sierra and especially Lake Muir. The parking lots were clear and except for a few bunkers of snow across the trail at points, the trails were clear to 11,000′.

It started spitting frost early in the afternoon, and turned to a major no wind snow storm with relatively HUGE conglomerate snow flakes. We all were curious and concerned because we’d never seen anything like that. It was like a fantasy fairyland scene. It fell like small flat pieces of paper more like flat confetti that would swoop and skip, If you were very quiet, you could hear a barely audible “shhushing” sound in the trees around you. It was the noise of snow in the trees. It was an eerie feeling as it was dead quiet and still otherwise.

Within an hour the snow had accumulated to more than a foot of heavy snow and we were not prepared for this much weather. It had also covered the trail down. We decided to go back to the car and scratch the weekend. Within an hour of picking our way out we were in a light steady drizzle which held for 5 more miles to the car parked at 10,00′. There was no additional snow here.

The next morning when we woke up, we were listening to the news reports describing rescues of others in the same general area. Overnight that snow storm had dumped more than 4′ of snow stranding anybody who spent the night.

I had carried a rain fly for all of my tents for all of the years every time I had been out backpacking – seldom needed. This time, I’d inadvertently left it at home. My kids were upset that they didn’t get a helicopter ride. I had a very odd feeling of, “Why, only this time, had I left the cover behind?”

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