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The 8 Dumbest Things to Happen in the Outdoors in 2018

From peeing in geysers to stealing linens

This guy later apologized to the bison after getting 130 days in jail. (Photo: Courtesy NBC)
This guy later apologized to the bison after getting 130 days in jail.

Every year there are plenty of inspiring and monumental things that happen in the Outside world. This is not a list about any of those moments. Rather, it’s a celebration of achievements you might, under a certain light, call stupid. In no particular order, our favorites of 2018 are:


Oregon man taunts bison in Yellowstone National Park. Gets away scot-free until he’s arrested the following day in Glacier National Park for making a scene in lodge dining room.

(Photo: Courtesy NBC/Ashley Lemanski)

Man tries to urinate into Old Faithful.

(Photo: Courtesy The Santa Fe New Mexican/Santa Fe Police)

Hunter of Forrest Fenn’s treasure—and owner of Year’s Happiest Mugshot—arrested for attempting to steal Fenn’s linens.

(Photo: Courtesy Anchorage Daily News/Brook Falls Live Stream)

Man in cargo shorts wades into Brooks Falls, favorite snack spot of fat bear Otis, to take selfie.

(Photo: Alexis Boichard/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)

Mikaela Shiffrin’s French boyfriend kicked off Olympic team for failing to show appropriate amount of team spirit.

(Photo: U.S. Forest Service)

Off-duty U.S. Border Patrol agent starts 47,000-acre forest fire with a high-powered rifle during gender reveal party.

(Photo: Cristi Sebastian Photography/Creative Commons)

Estonian man tries to return to his hotel after a night of drinking, climbs mountain by accident instead.

(Photo: Courtesy The Weekly Times/marcvisa14/Storyful)

French policeman mistakes cyclist Chris Froome for a Tour de France intruder, tackles him off his bike after Stage 17.

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Lead Photo: Courtesy NBC