Worked with a lad ... shall remain nameless. With him sleeping in a cabin at one end of Kurow campground you could still hear him inside the bunkroom 100 yards away.
There's snorers, and then there's SNORERS.
Yeah, that's the level of noise I'm talking about - earplugs don't cut it.
I was staying in a hostel in France many years ago. 2 guys came in late and were quickly into bunks. One guy was asleep almost immediately and started snoring like previously mentioned chainsaws - 6 other people could get no sleep - went on for 2 hours before I finally grabbed my bedding and headed for the common room - could still hear him (with earplugs, through 3 doors and 2 long corridors with right angled bends).
They 'snuck' out at 5am through the common room, woke me again, and took off - not happy!
These days, I'd just wake the guy up (repeatedly, if necessary).
i had foreign a guy in a bunk room who had a cold, he was rasping and bringing up flem all night, the niose was worse than snoring it was so eratic, I have slept through snoring a fair bit.
i had to go and sleep in the main area outside the bunk room, there was another foreign guy in there with his head torch on shining it straight at me, i looked daggers at him to get him to stop.
friday nights arent so bad, its your first night and you can cope with the loss of sleep, but further in on multi days you really want to consider whether you really want to stay in huts depending on where you go to and how busy they'll be if you need a good nights sleep.
on great walks, i'm only good for one night then after that i'm over the crowd and massive bunk rooms.
This post has been edited by the author on 23 October 2017 at 06:55.
That's very considerate of you @Kreig, handing out earplugs... My husband uses Snorex, works a treat.
Sleep deprivation can mean clumsy walking which goes largely unrecognised but increases possible injury.
Rather than suffer it, pitch the tent or sleep somewhere else.
Yeah ok, I'm not THAT bad Madpom, not anymore; hey, I sometimes even get told I didn't snore. But I plan for the worst (from me).
As for 'pitching a tent as a norm', in a word..... No.
I am considerate to a fault, but I deserve to sleep in a bed just as much as the next person.
Like many of the people on here, I religiously update my annual backcountry hut pass. So no, I'm not going to tent it at all times. If people don't want to deal with snorers, then THEY can sleep in their tent.
Or go and get a hotel room.
Oh, and if you poke me while I'm sleeping, ESPECIALLY if you turned down my offer of free earplugs, you better be ready to run! ;)
This post has been edited by the author on 26 October 2017 at 17:59.
Fortunately we're unlikely to put it to the test, kreig, as I do prefer a tent. I only sleep in a hut if the weather is seriously bad.
However, I do carry earplugs but, whilst plugs diminish sound, they don't eliminate it. For me, with plugs in place, I can't sleep with very loud snoring nearby.
Perhaps not with a stick, but I have woken a very loud snorer, as a last resort, after an hour of the rest of us not sleeping - not an easy thing to do but, hey, everyone else needs some sleep, too !
As a snorer, I'm gonna have to check out this snorex. I've been known to sleep in the woodshed if I realize it's going to be one of those nights where I'm going to snore. I stayed off my back the other night in a full hut and woke up with a very sore shoulder instead and had to miss my gym session early this week. All good now. I think we all had a crap night in that hut except for the young male beside me who snored consistently all night. His poor g/f said she only got 2 hours sleep!
"Breakfast cooked early on an MSR Dragonfly". That wouldn't bother me as to me it's white noise masking the other noises people are making.
We've had a bit of a problem here in Canterbury with 'rebuild' workers using the back country huts as party houses. Apparently in some of their accommodations there is no facility for party-type gatherings. I'm afraid this brings out the ranter in me as it's been happening too frequently for my tastes.
If I see a pack of cards in a hut they go straight into the wood burner as playing cards is very noisy with the banging on the table. It's like they are obliged to display how much fun they are having with their raucous pastime. I've played like this too but only when we were the sole occupants of the hut.
This winter we stayed at the Mt Somers Hut where there were about 40 souls ensconced. How I wish I'd followed Gaiter's advice. Around 10.30 pm I told the foreign-born workers that it was time for bed so they sloped off within half an hour. If they hadn't, I would have chucked a couple of litres of water in the woodbox and that would have been the end of the party as there was snow outside where we were tenting BTW due to it's being too noisy to stay inside.
I told them I was sick of meeting this kind of behaviour in the back country and that if they want to party, they should party in a venue dedicated for that function, not a public back country hut. The next morning one of them thanked me for enlightening them with this perspective. Big surprise for me to see such a gracious response.