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13 More Types of People You Meet on a Hike

Offbeat  June 16 2010
 — By Jeanette Kozlowski
13 More Types of People You Meet on a Hike

And we thought we’d met them all. Boy, were we wrong. Apparently there are about a gazillion types of people you can bump into on the trail.

Immediately after we posted 11 Types of People You Meet on a Hike, a flurry of emails and comments crossed our desk. Most wagged a finger at us, wondering why we forgot so-and-so, that one guy and those other peeps.

Well, we did. So, thanks for reminding us.

Note: Again, the following pictures are from Flickr’s Creative Commons, and the corresponding write up does not necessarily represent those pictured.

1. The Pacer – It doesn’t matter if you’re speed walking or lumbering around like a forest-friendly Frankenstein. You catch a glance of him from behind. Oh no. The Pacer. No matter what you’re doing: Five minute break at the creek? Veering off to a path less travelled? So is The Pacer. Right behind you. Forever. (via Martell of PortlandHikers.org)

Obligatory Over-the-shoulder shot

2. The Frozen Beard – He has been climbing mountains for 273 years. At least it appears that way. Often mistaken for an abominable snowman or a half-thawed Encino man, he’s mostly harmless. Mostly.


3. The Lovers – They can be young or old. Clothed or … not. But when you spot them, your eyes will literally pop out of your head. As if they needed any more affirmation, someone even wrote a *very* not-safe-for-work hiking guide on this very topic. We’re not going to link to it, but it’s out there. (via Vibramhead of PortlandHikers.org)

Mountain-Top Kiss

4. The Extremist – Nothing’s gonna keep him from having the craziest, most intense hike of his life. Not even you. So, step out of his way. Because if you don’t, he might convince you to join him.

Berg Lake Hike

5. The Trail Runner – Almost like a streak of lightning, you’ll see them before you hear them. As they bolt past silently and politely, you’ll notice their ultra-thin gear, a waist pack the size of your wallet and two water bottles the size of baby-food jars (via Splintercat of PortlandHikers.org).

Ask A Runner - 46

6. The Pack – Unlike the trail runners, you can hear these doggies coming from miles away. Barking. Growling. Howling. Usually three plus dogs, typically never leashed (despite all the signs), while the human pack leader tries to keep pace. Beware: These pups have the tendency to jump all over the place, especially if they sense your instant detest for them.

Hiking with the dogs

7. The Tree Huggers – They don’t care about you or your hike. They’re on a journey with nature, and you’re just getting in the way.

Tree Huggers - Eight Arms Wide

8. The Hand Holders – Is it necessary to hold hands with someone *all* the time? Yeah, yeah. We know they like each other. But they don’t need to rub it in our faces, right? It’s OK to secretly hope one trips and pulls the other down with them.

Hiking Radnor

9. The Climber – If it’s vertical, they will scale. It doesn’t even matter if it’s the McDonald’s arches. On the trail they will be searching high and low looking for that next high.
10. The Girlfriend (singular) – If she wasn’t on a date, would she be on the trail? Uh, like, no! This too-much-makeup-wearing chick probably has better things to do than break a sweat.

Oana Rocks the Hiking Shoes

11. The Girlfriendz (plural) – Yes, the “z” is intentional. This loudly cackling crew of a few 20-somethings engages in animated discussions. And they are completely oblivious or suddenly startled by a cheerful greeting (via Splintercat of PortlandHikers.org).

http://www.flickr.com/photos/kahtava/3938315672/

12. The Foreign Tourists – They don’t know where they’re going, and you don’t know where they’ve been. They stop and try to ask you for directions, but you have no idea what they are saying. Loads of gesturing and verbal mishmash ensues.

2008-05-14 (Dagstuhl, Set 4, hike in the countryside) - 195

13. The Invisible Hiker – It’s that random boot. Or glove. Or backpack. It lays lifeless on the trail sidelines. Its owner? Nowhere in sight.

The Hike

(Images via DailyHaha, Flickr via fixler, apes_abroad, mikethemountain, lululemonathletica, bunnicula, steews4, zepfanman, mojodenbowsphotostudio, cheesebikini, kahtava, nics_events and cogdog)

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