These people made the great outdoors a laughing matter

The great outdoors has a lot going for it. Wide open spaces, breathtaking natural views, the ability to reconnect with nature, it’s all good. It is, however, also an intensely chaotic place, where the slightly more ridiculous sides of humanity can be drawn out. Anything can happen out there in the wild, so it’s always a good idea to be properly equipped. With a camera that is.

Leaning tower of tents

For some people, regular camping isn’t enough, and they need something a little stronger. This person has made their life vastly more efficient, constructing some sort of ad-hoc RV to avoid the conflama of having driving to a campsite and setting your tent up be different tasks. This person is their own campsite, and on wheels too!

Leaning tower of tents

Fair conditioning

It might be expected that, if you go camping, you’re happy to deal with the trappings of being outside. However, for a lot of campers this is far from the truth, and they push home comforts as far as they can while still technically camping. One cool cat decided it was just too hot outside, which is a shocker if you ask us. Who goes camping when it’s warm and nice? Maniacs. Regardless, they’ve not-so-neatly circumvented this problem through the use of an air conditioner, complete with specially-designed aperture. Maybe they should have just stayed home.

Fair conditioning

The secret’s out

A good thing can never last. Campers might dream of finding a secret spot somewhere, a hidden pocket of paradise where they can connect with nature in peaceful privacy. Unfortunately, you can always trust the public to grab hold of a good thing and never let go. The moment you let one person know about the tiny piece of unspoiled campsite you found, everyone’s going to want a piece. The sign should just say ‘campsite’ now, really.

The secret’s out

Magazine to be believed

We’ve seen our fair share of product misuse over the years. We’ve seen toilet brushes used as backscratchers, backscratchers used as salad forks, and salad forks used as seafood forks – which is the most horrifying if you ask us. However, this might take the cake, for the sheer simplicity of misunderstanding it displays. It’s certainly a nice surprise to see someone who values their reading materials highly enough to ensure a magazine’s comfort over their own. Nonetheless, this man’s going to have some very uncomfortable camping experiences if he doesn’t catch on soon.

Magazine to be believed

Available on tape

When camping with large groups of people, it’s important to keep your wits about you. The wilderness can bring out people’s mischievous sides very easily, and if you’re not careful, you can end up subject to some fairly extreme pranks. This poor sap – if you’ll pardon the pun – has found himself taped to a tree, there to remain until he’s freed by his friends, or a particularly generous squirrel. They tied him pretty secure though, so he could well save himself the trouble of setting up a tent and just sleep there instead.

Available on tape

Pedal of honor

Now this is dedication. Not only is it extreme dedication toward that bike on the part of the man, it’s above and beyond from his friend. We can’t imagine why the bike would need to stay in that tent, except perhaps to prevent theft. If you’re that worried though, buy a bigger tent instead of asking your friend to sleep outside. We’d like to think we’d do a lot for our friends – but if they asked us to sleep outside for the sake of a bike, they’d find themselves needing to pedal away quickly.

Pedal of honor

Efficient to the max

You have to hand it to serial campers, they keep finding new ways to be more and more efficient in the great outdoors. This man seems to have procured himself some kind of camping cocoon, which has both coat and sleeping bag functions. While we have to applaud the sheer ingenuity that went into this garment, and are glad that it looks waterproof, it also seems like it would be painfully cold to sleep in. The word is out on whether or not he’ll emerge as a beautiful butterfly.

Efficient to the max

Cable TV

We can’t help but feel that these people have missed the point. Yes, motorhomes need to be recharged or they simply won’t go anywhere. However, what’s the point of seeing the great outdoors if you’re only going to stay in the motorhome with your freshly charged TV? This many cables just seems antithetical to the idea of getting back to nature. On the other hand, we do have to congratulate these campers on cultivating the notoriously tough-to-grow electricity tree.

Cable TV

Bath to basics

Hey, you can never be guaranteed of a shower at a campsite. Honestly though, despite our certainty that this bath won’t be used for bathing, we find it hard to figure out what purpose these two campers have for it. Very uncomfortable bed? Trough for the pet pig just out of the frame? Improvised toboggan racing? Whatever the case, we have to admire the sheer dedication it takes to lug a whole bath around with you on a camping trip.

Bath to basics

Paws for thought

Taking your dog with you on a camping trip can be a fantastic experience. After all, who loves the great outdoors more than a dog? Nobody, that’s who. What’s more, you get a friendly, living hot water bottle to keep you warm throughout the nights. The only downside, though, is that much like a child, a dog is liable to be a bit more eager than you in the morning, so you might end up with Rover deciding the best way to help you get ready for the day is with a very aggressive head massage.

Paws for thought

Living space

Finding a big enough tent is always something of a trial. You buy a two-person tent that you thought looked just right – only to find out that those two people are presumably mice that have stolen human identities, as this glorified pocket is barely big enough for you alone. This person seems to have overestimated his tent’s size to a disastrous degree, ending up with little more than a free-standing hood. Either that, or we’re actually looking at a picture of a 30ft tall man.

Living space

Can you not

We have to say, we appreciate this gag a lot, although that’s probably because we didn’t find it while looking for a phone. Regardless, the message is clear – if you’re going to get back to nature, you should properly commit to that idea, and forego the constant checking of phones that now peppers our daily life. This needn’t even be that much of a problem though, so long as whoever you need to contact also has a can, and dozens of miles of string.

Can you not

The big campsite in the sky

Well that’s certainly one way of avoiding insects. It’s almost certain that some unfortunate souls didn’t fasten their tent to the ground well enough, leading to a much more airborne camping arrangement than they were probably hoping for. Unlikely as it is, we’re hoping that whoever took this is simply trialing the soon-to-be-released flying tent. After all, we’d all be willing to get back to nature so long as it was 40ft off the ground, assuring our escape from rain-induced mud and snack-induced bear raids.

The big campsite in the sky

Climbing levels of distress

When we talked about camping 40ft off the ground, this wasn’t even close to what we meant. Personally, we don’t go camping to experience all the terror of being a cliff-dwelling seabird. On a theoretical level, we have immense respect for the people brave enough to do this, and their – at this point slightly worrying – dedication to climbing. On a practical level, however, we would sooner hand ourselves over to a pack of wolves before doing this. At least the wolves wouldn’t dangle us over a precarious drop.

Climbing levels of distress

Ignoring the signs

Maybe, just maybe, whoever owns this field should have invested in a bigger sign, or perhaps even an aggressive advertising campaign, because these people really don’t seem to have got the message. In all seriousness, this sign is obviously only meant to indicate that people shouldn’t be camping on the bins. Although, given how much space is at a premium during a festival, we can’t guarantee that you wouldn’t find someone sleeping in a bin, were you to check.

Ignoring the signs

Car wash

Cars really do come with some amazing features these days – although we hope the clothesline accessory didn’t cost too much extra. While we highly doubt that this is the main function of such a car, we have to respect anyone willing to use their sports car to dry a few pairs of socks. It’s certainly more convenient than trying to bring the washer/dryer set with you. We wouldn’t recommend trying to use the exhaust as a hairdryer, though.

Car wash

Harshmallow

It’s a time-honored tradition to take yourself out into the wilderness, really connect your spirit with the natural world, and then immediately start roasting little blobs of sugar until they’re molten. Yet what’s a person to do if they’ve got a very legitimate aversion to fire? Well, this camper has come up with a crafty, if inelegant, solution. After all, as laudable a solution as this is, by the time you get the marshmallow back to you, it’s going to be stone cold.

Harshmallow

Wilderness innovation

Sometimes you just have to make do. The wilderness isn’t going to be replete with supplies, so if you want something done it’s not unlikely that you’re going to have to rig up a solution on the fly. These great minds have turned a shopping cart into a moving grill, and in doing so forever revolutionized camping cuisine. You have to admire the craftsmanship here – it even has a handle on the lid, albeit an ill-advised metal one. Trust us, come Christmas everybody’s going to want a port-a-grill.

Wilderness innovation

Very hot dogs

Well, it’s over. We’ve found the greatest work of genius in history. Take a hike, Mona Lisa. Tell your story walking, The Great Wall of China. We don’t wanna hear it, International Space Station. Understandably, nobody could ever have predicted that such genius would emerge from the fusion of gardening tools and deli meats – but such unexpectedness is the mark of true genius. They tell the Scouts to always be prepared, and now one of them has finally lived up to that credo.

Very hot dogs

Grill thrill

Hmmmm. Forgive us for seeming arrogant, but it wouldn’t take a world-class detective to see what’s happened here. Everybody loves a portable grill, given their miraculous tendency to let you start barbecuing things wherever you are. However, easy as it is to get caught up in the thrill of a grill, we doubt we would have forgotten two very important facts – grills get hot, and plastic melts. This unlucky soul forgot such cardinal rules, and ended up with a very oddly-shaped cup-holder for their trouble.

Grill thrill

Overly prepared

Okay, we have several, burning questions. First of all, where is that person going that they need so much stuff? Second of all, what are they carrying, and how are they doing it without immediately collapsing their spine? Most importantly – how did that bag get so big? Is it a monster? Did it start eating other bags, growing stronger with each foe vanquished? Is the bag eating that man now? We’re going to need answers, and potentially an airstrike against the giga-bag.

Overly prepared

Sleeping arrangements

Sometimes, you just can’t be bothered. Camping is a tiring process, and nobody could be blamed for wanting to ditch the rigamarole setting up a tent, and just get to sleep instead. However, to sleep on a cooler is crueler than we could bear. We don’t know if this unlucky camper ended up this way by choice or not, but we do know that they might just be the bravest of us all. Somebody get this man a medal.

Sleeping arrangements

Bear with me

We must implore people to – and we cannot stress this enough – properly seal away any food they may have while camping. It’s possible that these campers may have wanted their site raided by a bear – if so that’s their choice, but we will be ceasing all contact immediately. Personally, we don’t like the idea of being woken up by Yogi’s irate cousin, on a mission to find out whether or not our bodies are made of freshwater salmon.

Bear with me

Strike a cord

Ahhhh the comforts of home. They say that camping is about experiencing the natural world, but who cares about that to be honest? We have to assume that this man has good reasons for setting up enough tech to run NASA’s ground control from a field. Perhaps his office is being renovated, and he needed to find a new location for his cubicle. Perhaps he really, really doesn’t have any interest in the camping experience. Either way, he’s going to have to hope he has the single most waterproof tent in existence.

Strike a cord