The Joy of Hiking Solo Has Its Advantages
There are multiple ways to enjoy hiking. You can hike alone, with family or friends or with a group.
Hiking alone gives you more freedom. There's nothing that you need to negotiate. You do what you want to do.
You don’t have to feel that anyone in your party is slowing you down and you won’t have to feel pressured to “hurry up” as you are not slowing anyone else down.
If you feel you need to take a break, you don’t have check with anyone else to see how they feel about stopping for bit.
When you come across a breathtaking view or see a park bench, you may want to stop for awhile and just enjoy the moment.
Solo hiking gives you a chance for self-reflection and with the high pace of daily living, having silence and time to “think” without any interruptions can be a gift.
If you are looking for some alone time, the solitude will be a welcome change for you.
Safety Tips For Solo Hikers
- Always leave your cell phone number with a family member or friend. However, be sure to let the person know not to panic if they can’t reach you on your cell. Explain to them that you may not have cell phone service where you are at the moment that they may be trying to reach you.
- Give a copy of your hiking route and anticipated return time with a friend or a family member.
- Pack a mirror, whistle or any type of signaling device that you can use in case you need help.
- Take a compass and a map that shows the trail and the surrounding area.
- Bring more water and food than you think you will need. Remember, if you get lost or it gets dark sooner than you expected, you may be away from home longer than you anticipated.
- Take your time, particularly when crossing rivers and/or when hiking on steep trails.
Hiking alone provides a very different experience than hiking with others.
Preparation is the key for all hikes, but extra prep is needed when hiking alone.
Chances are if you are hiking alone, you know the drill. Still, unexpected situations can occur.
There’s a saying that goes like this: “Hope for the best, but plan for the worst.”
Our hope is that all of your hikes, whether alone or with others, will go smoothly, but we just want to impress upon you, that no matter how long you have been hiking, how experienced you are, we want you to be safe out there.
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