For some Redditors just the thought of leaving the comforting glow of their computer and the dark recesses of their basements is reason enough to feel unbridled terror. But for the more adventurous Redditors who have hiked and backpacked in the good old outdoors, they’ve found more IRL things that’d scare the living hell out of even those of us with the steeliest resolve.
1. Too many underwear
“The strangest thing I found was a small gap in the trees that had women’s undergarments strewn all over the place. I have no idea what happened there.” u/cougardraven
2. A horse’s skull
“I was backpacking in Yellow Stone above the tree line at about 10,500 feet. We are hiking on a ridge above a lake when all the sudden we come across a horse skull. No body just the skull. We get to our campsite not too far away. When we get climb down to the lake we find the body of the horse rotting on the edge of the lake with negative film strips floating in the water and laying around the shore near the body.” u/orilykid
3. One noose.
“I don’t have a picture, but last year I hiked part of the Appalachian Trail in Tennessee when I came across a noose just hanging from one of the trees. Nothing was hanging from it, it was just there.” u/mpfh13
4. A ritual circle.
“I was backpacking in New Hampshire and camped out for the night after a day hike. I wandered off from our fire to go take a piss and stumbled upon a circle etched into the ground with tuning forks surrounding the circle standing up straight. It looked like a creepy ritual circle.” u/ITS_A_BADTIME_BOB
5. Snakes. Lots of snakes.
“A writhing nest of snakes just off the trail…it looked like it was pulsing.” u/BadDog84
6. A stone altar.
“Hiking to one of my favorite spots in the Appalachian Mountains I came across what appeared to be a recently built stone altar with a large wooden cross situated behind it. There was a string tied to the cross that went directly over the altar and tied to a tree across the way. Several other strings tied to trees all of which had markings freshly carved into them. There was a pentagram of rocks in the middle of all of it. There have been lots of rumors throughout the years of satanic cults worshiping in the woods of this area.” u/Brancher
7. A cage, for people.
“A cage. Not like a trapping cage or anything but something that could easily hold 5-10 average sized people. Round steel bars for the edges and rope instead of chain link for the walls and ceiling. Nothing around it; no footprints or tire tracks or anything. The rope looked undamaged as well.” u/SnackBeer
8. Deer skeletons, like a lot of deer skeletons.
“We found the skeletal remains of an unknown number of deer (ranging from bucks to fawn) ensnared in a barbed-wire fence that encompassed a 10×10 foot area in the Ozarks. A few of the skulls topped the fence posts, and there was one post in the middle of this area that had decaying deer bodies (looked to be two, but there were only 6 hooves jutting out of the wreckage) wrapped around it.” u/Dr_Coxian
9. A dead junkie.
“And we also came across a dead junkie on a road out of Olympia. Obvious OD, as he had his arm tied and a needle in hand. Eyes were glazed over and staring straight ahead, mouth slightly ajar.” u/Dr_Coxian
You can find Jason Epstein online @J_Omanomalot_E