A Man Enjoyed Hiking With His Friend, but When He Kept Bringing His Girlfriend Who Couldn’t Keep up the Man Grew Frustrated

The man enjoyed hiking with his friend until the friend’s girlfriend started joining them and always struggled to keep up with their pace. Eventually, he had enough and confronted her about the situation. 

The Man Enjoys Hiking

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He explained, “I enjoy going on runs/hikes on the trails around where I live. There’s a variety of trails with varying degrees of mileage and incline”. He does this for fun as well as for his fitness training plan. 

His Friend Invited His Girlfriend 

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Recently, he began hiking with a close friend from middle school, who wanted to get some extra exercise. He explained, “I was fine with this, until he asked if his girlfriend could come along. I didn’t know her well but I accepted and it was a fine time.”

She Struggled to Keep up

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The girlfriend began joining them for all of the trail walks which were usually around 3 miles. He explained, “I usually wouldn’t care, but she ends up complaining a lot, and needing breaks. I would be ok with this except it would be less than a mile in and she would continue to stop our group intermittently even when we tried to keep a specific pace. When I would try to keep going she made comments about me being inconsiderate.” 

The Man Was Frustrated

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He spoke to his friend about the issues he had with the girlfriend, explaining that next time she needed to either be prepared for the trail or not come. The friend said that he would speak to his girlfriend about the situation. He added, “In all honesty I don’t know if she was inviting herself or if my friend was inviting her but regardless I made my intention with this clear.”

He Was Planning a Long Hike

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One day, he had planned a long hike which would last around 6 miles and included hills and cliff-like areas. He said, “I made it clear I was looking for a specific pace when I asked my friend if he wanted to come, and he accepted, even mentioning that his girlfriend was busy.”

The Girlfriend Showed up

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They arranged to meet in the parking lot and the man noticed that his friend’s girlfriend had shown up. He didn’t want to be slowed down on the trail and assumed she would be doing an easier one. He asked her and found that she was in fact joining them.

The Man Was Upfront With Her

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He was blunt when he spoke to her, he asked if she would be able to do it and reminded her of the previous hikes where she needed multiple breaks and really struggled. She was offended that he insinuated that she wasn’t fit enough.

They Went on the Hike Without Her

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She was angry at the man and decided to sit in the car, waiting for her boyfriend. The man explained, “I just started the trail and my friend followed. He didn’t say anything about it, except a “sorry about that”, and he turned off his phone.”

Was He in the Wrong?

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Was he overreacting? Should he have let her join them on the trail? Could he have handled things differently?

He Turned to the Internet for Advice

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People in the comments were divided. One user said, “Not sure if your friend failed to share the message or if she wanted to join regardless, but since from previous experience you don’t have the option to just continue your hike and leave her behind, you basically did the only thing that made sense: you shut her down before the hike in a very clear and factual way.”

Someone Blamed the Girlfriend

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“I’d be too embarrassed to show up again after I slowed the group down the first time. The fact that she keeps coming and keeps insisting that she’s going to do the harder trails when she knows full well she can’t points to either obliviousness or delusion.”

Another Blamed the Friend

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“It was on your friend to explain the difficulty of the hike, or at least let you know in advance that his girlfriend was coming so at least then you could’ve prepared something. This could all have been avoided if your friend was more communicative all around.”

Someone Gave Their Opinion

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“This issue is more with their relationship and him not being clear with her. There needs to be a clear understanding that some things are with HIS friends.” 

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