Pooping in the Woods and Other Things the Mountains Will Teach You

Hiking in the mountains is more than just walking over the dusty trails, sleeping in a wrinkly tent, or doing your “business” in the bushes. It teaches you important lessons in life that will help you in the long run. Here are five simple things I learned from it.

1. Be ready for the challenge

Mountain Trip Picture 1

Be prepared, both physically and mentally! Life is full of challenges, and so is hiking. You should always have the proper mindset when fighting through difficulties. Don’t freak out or panic. Keep an encouraging voice. Before a trip begins, you are probably told to pack up all of the necessary food, cooking utensils, and warm clothing. You don’t want to miss a thing! Make sure you listen carefully, because you’re going to need everything. Things happen unexpectedly all the time. Even on sunny days, there is still a slight chance of rain. Having the experience of setting up the tent in a foggy, dim, and rainy night, I am now well aware of the possibility of any kind of probable challenges.

2. Take one step at a time

Mountain Trip Picture 2

Stay strong and keep going! No one can make it to the top in a instant. It takes time and perseverance. Remember to take one step at a time and try to walk at your own pace; you will make it eventually. You see this idea all the time in life. Doing things step by step is essential, especially when you’re setting up the tent (or even working on a math problem). I struggled on our way down the mountains because my knees were killing me! I slowed myself down and did one thing at a time. Step, inhale, exhale, step, inhale, exhale, step…. One step at a time.

3. Enjoy the moment

Mountain Trip Picture 3

Don’t rush! Look around! There is always something for you to explore. People say that you can never step in the same river twice. Even though it’s mountains, the same idea still applies. Some of you may feel like days of continuous walking in the woods is super boring. If so, you are definitely missing out on a lot of stuff. Slow down and pay attention to the different things around you – the trees in front of you or the ups and downs of the valleys. Or even look into yourself. You will learn a lot more about nature and your inner self.

4. Work well with your team

Mountain Trip Picture 4

Communicate and stay positive! Sometimes it may be tough to work with others, but teamwork is very crucial on a hiking trip. You are there for one another and you are there to watch out for each other. Throughout the trip, you are going to share the work with them, eat with them, and sleep in the same tent. Basically, you are doing everything together! Have a good relationship with one another by encouraging each other and working well together. Remember to discuss and plan well with your teammates; you probably don’t want unpleasantly looking chocolate oatmeal for breakfast or over cooked curry rice for dinner…

5. Keep a goal in mind

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Plan ahead and go for it! Having a short-term, or even a long-term goal is important. Each night before lights out, leaders have meetings to go over the plans and objectives for the next day. When there is a destination ahead of you, the whole team is motivated and driven. Everyone will work hard and keep each other up to reach the goal. Even though things may not always go as planned, it is worth to try and do your best. And the goal does not always have to be about the destination. It can be as simple as carrying a backpack for others or singing a song to make everyone happy. 

As you can see, there is so much more to hiking than the destinations, just like life. It is not always about where you end up with, but the process and the experiences you got from it. The scenery you see and the relationship you build can be more valuable than making up to the top of the mountain. Keep these things in mind next time you hike a mountain with your friends.

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In your comment, please RANK my article (1 is bad and 10 is great) and say why you gave it the score you did! Also, let me know why you clicked on this article! Thanks!


18 thoughts on “Pooping in the Woods and Other Things the Mountains Will Teach You

  1. Pooping in the woods is a strange experience. I like how you focused your article on the process of hiking rather than the result. That’s a great thing to keep in mind with life!


  2. 9 I think you really pointed out lots of important and interesting lessons that you can learn from a mountain trip such as taking one step at a time and focus on the process of hiking. Overall, great article!


  3. I was drawn to this article because it referenced feces in the the title. I thought you did a good job at having a ‘chill’ tone to hiking. It was informative but at the same time easy to read. I wish the pictures were a little more diverse in location but besides that it was good. 7/10!


  4. 9/10 – I loved the optimism of this article! The article title was very clever, and that’s what drew me in.


  5. I give this article an 8 out of 10. I clicked on this article because the guy in the picture clearly had no experience with pooping in the woods, judging from his clothing position. I was hoping for some ironic humor. However, I felt like the long descriptions in this article made it slow down a little. Less content would create a better pace.


  6. 9/10 I think this article shows a lot of optimism and now I’m not that resentful against the mountain trip. This attracted me because I am going on a mountain trip in the near future and I thought the title was really interesting.


  7. This is a great article. It teaches readers the five most important things to remember on the mountain as well as the important things to remember in life. Its humor is intriguing. This topic is attractive because 10th graders will need these tips for their upcoming mountain trip. 9/10


  8. 8/10; despite title being humorous, it is irrelevant to the content. The five lessons are inspirational yet not specific to hiking. The tone of the passage does sound professional and interesting though, which enhances the experience of reading this article.


  9. 9/10. This article is pretty interesting, and I hope that I when I go on my class trip into the mountains, I will remember what this article says and help me through the trip.


  10. I really liked this article. It’s will help me with the mountain trip. I give it a 9/10. The title is intriguing, and is what drew my attention to this article.


  11. I liked it, I go hiking quite a lot and I also find this tips helpful. I think that since these tips are helpful, many people will look and use this on their next outdoor trip. I’d give it a 7/10.


  12. This article is simple and easy to understand. All 5 of these points can become helpful when someone is about to do something similar to this.


  13. NICE TITLE!!! I personally love the title, man. I didn’t really enjoying hiking , but this post made me get interested to actually go hiking. This post was very general, which can attract other people as well! This awesome post deserves 9.5 out of 10. Better than 9, but a little away from perfection. I liked the point how you clearly stated the roles and benefits of hiking. Thanks for this great post!


  14. I really like this post because it give me insight to what is going to happen during the mountain trip in tenth grade. I agree with the author that you need to take time and see the things around you instead of speeding ahead.
    The people who probably will like this article are probably people who are looking for informations on mountain climbing or seeing the previous tenth grader’s trip to the mountain.


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