Internet reveals scariest camping experiences

From bears, falling trees, sleepwalking incidents and more, the internet comes together to reveal their scariest camping experiences, and they’re not holding back.

The viral Reddit post asked the question “What’s your scariest camping experience,” and it has racked up 19,500 upvotes and 5,900 comments. Redditor @Dolphins_With_Dildos shared the post on the “Ask Reddit” subreddit and people weighed in on their stories and experiences.

Camping is a favorite pastime loved by many people around the world. It’s been around for a long time, but recreational camping was founded by Thomas Hiram Holding, according to Encyclopedia Britannica. He wrote the first edition of the book The Motorhome Handbook in 1908, and in 1901 he also founded the world’s first-ever camping club, the Association of Cycle Campers.

In North America, people camped recreationally from the early 1870s. Smithsonian Magazine reported Secretary William HH Murray wrote the guide Camp Life in the Adirondacksor Wilderness Adventures in 1869, and he is credited with bringing camping to America.

Data shows that camping is still popular, especially during the COVID pandemic. According to research from Kampgrounds of America’s annual North American Camping Report, the number of first-time campers in 2021 was 9.1 million. The number of households that camped at least once in 2021 was 56.9 million, an increase from the following year, when 48 million households camped. By 2020, the number of first-time campers in the country had “doubled” according to an earlier KOA report.

Reddit weighed in and some people had strange encounters involving other people. One of those Redditors was camping solo “in the middle of nowhere”. When they woke up in the morning, “someone had made a cup of tea and had partly drunk it in the middle of the night. There was no one to be seen.”

People on the internet revealed their scariest camping experiences. Here, a family campsite as they sit in front of a campfire.
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Others went through scary moments as kids, and one of those Redditors revealed that they experienced “pure fear” when they were a kid at a Boy Scout summer camp. A kid left some Airheads on the picnic table and that drew a different crowd.

“Everyone woke up in the middle of the night at, no joke, 30 [plus] raccoons fight over airheads and enter tents in search of more food,” said the user.

Another Redditor was around 8 and they didn’t want to sleep in a tent with their sister, so they slept on a cot under the stars. The child woke up and a bear “sniffed” their head and neck.

“I was actually paralyzed with fear, the bear left me and went sniffing around for snacks,” the Redditor said. “It made enough noise to wake my parents, who were scared at the time” [it] away. I immediately put my bed in my sister’s tent.”

While another person at about age 5 experienced a close call when they “slept out of my tent and into a small cliff [North Carolina] in a lake. I woke up down there and then I screamed until my parents found me.”

Another user thought their tent was “attacked by three bears”, but that was not the case. †[It] turns out someone’s dogs just got loose and the light outside made them look huge.”

A Redditor revealed when they were young, their family camped in New Hampshire’s White Mountains. “There was a severe storm that came up unexpectedly, and in the middle of the night there was a loud cracking noise and a thump. A tree had fallen and landed on a woman sleeping in her tent not far from our site. Needless to say she was killed. I remember being afraid of the forest for a while, especially during storms.”

Another Redditor admitted that they are “wandering in Switzerland”, and they are pitching a tent. At night they heard ‘rumblings’ and they opened their tent to see a ‘shadow’ fall before them and ‘crowd violently to the ground’.

“Rockfall!” they revealed. “I went into rogue mode and just pulled the tent away from its spot. At that point, a giant rock collapsed into the position where my tent was about four seconds ago. I ran off dragging my tent until I found a better space liked to camp.”

Another bear encounter occurred with a Redditor and a black bear, which tore open the user’s tent and was about to enter.

“Then I shot him while my 41 magnum was killing him,” they said. “And no, there was no food in the tent.”

Some experienced nature at its roughest. A Redditor has camped twice during an “unexpected tornado” and they revealed it was “pretty scary” to hear trees fall in the middle of the night as water poured into the tent.

“I was probably about 12 years old and my younger sister and I had our own tent,” the Redditor said. “We sat side by side yelling at each other, and we couldn’t even hear what the other was saying because the wind was so strong.”

news week reached out to Redditor @Dolphins_With_Dildos for comment.

This is not the only situation with camping. The glamping trend was pricing out tent campers in a national park. Mountaineers sleeping in tents in the air shocked viewers. In addition, young siblings died after a tree fell on a golf cart while on a camping trip.

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