Age has tempered the amount of alcohol I drink, to the point where I go weeks without a drop at all. That said, plonk me on a mountain on a hot summers day and I’ll happily drink as much cider as I can carry 🙂
There’s evidence of this on YouTube, you might think I’m overly pleased to be outdoors, but there’s a more apple based cause to my happiness.
Being tipsy miles from the nearest help if anything goes wrong can be a whole world of hurt, and getting some sort of survival plan together beforehand is a sound idea.
Consumption VS Environment
Walking over gentle climbs is hardly dangerous and you can normally get away with developing a serious wobbly. Get plastered to the same degree whilst transversing a rocky climb with sheer drops on either side and that wobble is almost certainly a game ender.
Getting the balance right isn’t always easy, and in the distance past (armed with the arrogance of youth) there were plenty of drunken outings that should have ended much worse than they did.
Consumption only takes a bit of control while sorting your supplies, because once your out in the sticks, there’s normally little chance to restock!
What to Take?
My favorite tipple has always been cider (Welsh Boy, Hi!), and while I can manage drinking it warm, it doesn’t really come in a lightweight option. Trying to top a summit with 8 cans of cider jiggling around in your backpack is no small feat.
Warm wine is the devils spawn and if you can get your hands on something that tastes reasonable when well above room temperature, then go for it. Choosing a known camping spot with a nice cold stream, goes a long way to solving the warm alcohol situation.
Spirits are a very mixed bag to take along camping. Most still taste dam good warm, although even a smaller bottle could get you smashed enough to be a danger to yourself and everybody within a 5 miles radius 🙂
Avoiding the Next Day Trap
My hangovers are legendary (and you’d be surprised how little that takes these days), which is why I make sure the ‘day after’ is as easy as possible. Getting carried away with a few drinks inside is easy enough and you’ll be tempted to wander very far off the beaten track.
Trying to extract yourself from a difficult spot with a stinking hangover always seems more awkward then getting into it while drunk 🙂
No matter how refreshing your chosen tipple tastes, that alcohol WILL ultimately dehydrate you. Throw in a hot summers day along with a fair bit of exercise and you could be heading for the mother of all hangovers.
Making sure you have more than enough water to smooth things over the next day is always going to be a good idea.
The Same Rules Apply
Drunk or sober, picking up after yourself is only a matter of trying a black bag to your kit and popping the empty tinnies/bottles into it once their lovely contents are in your stomach (also saves you falling over them when stumbling around).
Leftover rubbish is at the heart of wild camping restrictions. Leaving ‘no trace’ not only means no one will ever know you’ve been there, but also that you can use the site over and over without any hassle.
Fire?? Drunk?? , just don’t ever 😉
Seriously, Don’t be that Guy
Drink does strange things to people and if your the type that turns into a knob after a few, then just maybe it might be a good idea to give it a miss altogether.
Its very hard in this over populated world of ours to be truly on your own (thankfully it can still be achieved with enough effort). Most (sane) people don’t react to provocation for the fear of getting into trouble. Put those people in the same situation but with no one else around and they may just think ‘why not’.
In other words “pissing strangers off while in the middle of nowhere could bring more trouble than its worth” (you’ve seen deliverance, right?).
The Number One Drunk Camping Safety Tip!
This is a serious case of ‘do as I say and not as I do’ because the first anybody knows about most of my solo camping riots, are when the videos show up on YouTube.
Please let someone know where you going (even if its a general area) and when your coming back so they can check on you. Just because my lack of safety is a bad character flaw that’s probably going to leave me injured and alone on a mountain one day, don’t let it be yours!.