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Backpacker Magazine – October 2012

Worst Nightmare: Entwined

A hair-raising tale of wilderness terror that will haunt your backcountry dreams

by: Dennis Lewon

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Amy didn’t love backpacking. She hated bugs, for starters, and she cringed at the thought of going to the bathroom in the woods. And she was scared of bears, even though she’d never seen one in the wild and her boyfriend, Paul, told her that the Sierras were totally safe, you just had to hang your food from a tree. Food! Yet another thing Amy found distasteful about the whole enterprise. She had been raised in Brooklyn’s Chinatown, where her grandmother, Wei, ensured the family never encountered anything resembling gorp.

But Amy loved Paul, and Paul loved backpacking, so she was trying. The two had met in their junior year at UCLA, in an anthro class called Culture of Intersubjectivity. They didn’t get much from the course—who did?—but the diminutive, black-haired New Yorker and the blond San Diego kid who didn’t surf remained a couple more than a year later. Early on, Amy determined that she wouldn’t let backpacking be a “guys” thing that Paul did without her. Indeed, it was Amy herself who proposed they hike to Diamond Lake for the weekend.

She’d been there once before—with Paul, of course—and despite the mosquitoes and the peeing in the woods, she could see it was a special place. Granite spires rose sharply above the lake and a mirror image shined in the glassy water. A meadow-side camp afforded a perfect view of both the peaks above and the canyon below, where a river filled the air with the soft, distant hum of moving water.



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Greg
Oct 29, 2012

Sounds like an excerpt from a trashy romance novel--please don't make-up any more of these pseudo outdoor "dramas".

Amy & Paul's Baby
Oct 29, 2012

I miss my dad. Too bad he had to go and marry that stupid tree. What a weirdo!

sr
Oct 28, 2012

Why does every story in this article feel like it's written by an over-dramatic 5th grader?

Kevin
Oct 28, 2012

it is obvious he died, this is a halloween story afterall

Dennis
Oct 27, 2012

Hey editors come on finish this story you can't leave us up in the air like this !!!!

Patty
Oct 26, 2012

What happened???? Did he live?????????????

Miguel
Oct 26, 2012

Wow this story is so sad :( I thought I will have a happy end.

Jerry G
Oct 26, 2012

ANOTHER BROKEN LINK!!!!

GOOD LORD...

Jean-Claude
Oct 26, 2012

ok,
I'm seeing a pattern here...one that I don't like...why write a story with no ending...lame...

Fix the site
Oct 26, 2012

Ummm...page 3 is the same as page 2. What happened at the end? Did he live? Die?

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