We all have our own camping horror stories. From losing valuable materials to struggling to construct a tent, camping isn’t always easy. Still, people love to go camping. And, I guess it’s easy to see why. You’re outside in nature, away from all the hustle and bustle and stresses of normal, everyday life. It can be very relaxing for your body and mind.
But, let’s face it, being isolated out in the wilderness can be extremely dangerous. Since you’re often miles from the closest hospital or completely without cellphone service, you do put your life at risk. On top of safety issues, you have to deal with exposure to the elements, deadly wild animals, and, perhaps worst of all, other humans with less than noble intentions. So, with that said, pack up your gear, here are 25 camping horror stories that’ll make you appreciate hotels, and maybe even encourage you to rethink your plans for your next family vacation to the great outdoors.
A woman and her husband were woken up on a camping trip by a pack of wolves who had snuck into the campsite at night while on their hunt. Listening through the tent, the woman counted around 6-10 wolves, and it sounded like they had caught some some small animal.
Luckily, the campers remembered to hang their food a couple of feet off the ground, and they eventually managed to scare off the pack by firing a pistol into the air through the tent. Even for the most veteran of campers, running into a pack of wolves must be one of the most terrifying situations you could find yourself in.
When a boy scout troop woke up to a bloodcurdling scream in the middle of the night while on a group camping trip, they thought they were being attacked by a Sasquatch. Fortunately, it wasn’t actually a Sasquatch at all, but instead one of the scout’s fathers. He had made the sound to spook off a family of raccoons who had been trying to get into the campers’ food supplies, which was hanging from a tree in a bear bag.
A Redditor was going hiking while on a camping trip with a friend when he heard a weird zing next to his ear as though something fast had sped past it, followed by the popping sound of something impacting a tree in front of them.
With the loud crack of a distant gunshot a second later, the hikers, realizing that they had been shot at, got off the trail, fast. Later that day, a park ranger informed them that they had caught an old guy hunting illegally in the woods where they were hiking.
Here’s a warning to all the hunters out there: Always make sure you are 100% certain you know what you’re shooting at before you take a shot.
Lowveld of Africa
When a safari guide was camping in the Lowveld of Africa, the last thing they expected was to feel something warm pressed against their back through the canvas of their tent.
Since this was a cold winter night, the guide knew that whatever had to be on the other side of the canvas had to be an animal of some kind; and, it was big. Without thinking, the guide moved, causing it to jump up and run off, away from the tent.
A quick peek outside confirmed their suspicions. They must have been in a state of shock for the rest of the night after realizing that they had just been cuddling a fully grown male lion.
When city gang violence resulted in the death of a young man, the perpetrators thought they were in the clear after they left the body in an obscure back road over two hours from the nearest city. They thought wrong. This road was barely a mile from one of the most popular outdoor recreational spots in the entire region. It was only the next morning that some unfortunate hikers, camping in the area, stumbled across the corpse and reported it to the local authorities.