A Woman Loved Hiking with Friends but Excluded One when He Wasn’t Fit Enough and Kept Mansplaining, so He Tried to Turn Her Friends Against Her

A young woman loved to go hiking and camping in her free time and enjoyed being accompanied by friends. However, she had recently made a new acquaintance who was persistently annoying her during hikes, leading her to make a bold decision when planning a particularly tough trail.

The Unwelcome Guest

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Within the woman’s circle of friends, there was a man of similar age who frequently inserted himself into her camping excursions. The woman was not his biggest fan. 

A ‘Mansplainer’

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One of the core problems that the woman had with this man was his habit of “mansplaining”, specifically in regard to her equipment choices. ”He’s always telling me why I shouldn’t wear particular socks and that my backpack is packed incorrectly”, the woman explained.

Unfit to Hike

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The second major issue the woman had was that the man wasn’t physically fit, which held her and her hiking friends back. “While I never want to body shame, he is not in the best shape and requests breaks frequently”, she continued to complain.

The Cumulative Issues

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The tipping point came when, during their last camping adventure, the man bizarrely bought an ‘absolutely useless and bulky’ inflatable couch on a hike. The man complained for the entire hike about how it was hurting his back, so to keep him quiet, the woman carried it for him.

The Upcoming Challenge

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Recently, the woman had been preparing for a particularly exciting hiking trip with her friends. The hike would also be rather challenging – “It is not an easy hike, rated about 4-5 stars and typically described as one of the hardest hikes in the East”, the woman explained. 

A Frustrating Request

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To the woman’s dismay, it wasn’t long until the man heard about this hiking trip through word of mouth, and he sent the woman a text, happily writing “You need to make room for one more in your car!” 

A Polite Decline

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The woman had been looking forward to this hike, so she was not going to let the man ruin it. She made an excuse, claiming that there simply was no room in her car for him and his equipment. 

A Stern Warning

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However, the man didn’t buy it. He continued to pester the woman about the real reason that she was refusing to let him join. She decided to be straightforward with him. “This is a really hard hike”, she explained to him. “I do not think you can handle it. Maybe you can, but if you can’t I do not want to have to deal with an emergency while scrambling up a cliff.”

The Fallout and Support

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Unsurprisingly, the man reacted with anger and took to sharing his outrage with their friends. Thankfully, most of their mutual friends sided with her, acknowledging her concerns about his readiness for the hike. 

He Was Embarrassed

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However, not all of the hikers were happy with the woman refusing to invite the man. One friend in particular was angry with her, explaining that they felt like she embarrassed him unnecessarily and was too harsh.

An Online Verdict

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The woman became riddled with guilt, even though she believed that her refusal to let the man join was for the best. She posted online, asking other hikers what they thought of the way she handled the situation. “As long as you make this explanation in a group chat or something, then he embarrassed himself by telling your group of friends”, one commenter defended.

No Guilt Necessary

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Everyone reading the woman’s post agreed that there was no need for her to feel guilty. “Regardless of whether he could handle the hike or not, he wasn’t invited”, another commenter pointed out. “I mean who invites themselves like that, saying ‘you need to make room for one more in your car’?!”

An Inflatable Couch!?

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Some non-hikers engaged with the woman’s post, and they had one thing on their mind. “An inflatable couch?”, one person wrote. “Is this something serious hikers bring?”

“It is definitely not”, a hiker responded. “A serious hiker/camper would never waste the pack space/weight for that kind of luxury.”

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