Post by stealthytomato on Aug 25, 2016 6:48:50 GMT -8
I am going to go solo for the same reason as many here - no one to go with. I am tired of waiting. My husband and I have opposite schedules (I work weekends) as do most of my buddies.
This doesn't mean I'm alone though. I take my dog with me everywhere. I don't have the skill or confidence to go totally solo yet. The dog is my second set of eyes, my critter detector and creepy-single-dude repeller (met one of these outside a privy just this week). Hopefully by the time I am ready to go on longer. tougher dogless trips I will have joined a local hiking group. Of which there are several.
I hike and backpack solo also. I backpack in areas that I am familiar with. I enjoy Yosemite and Lassen. My family knows what route, and how many days out I will be. I worry more about my car being vandalism at the trailhead.
Have historically been a solo hiker. For the 2015 and 2016 hiking seasons I have been very, very fortunate to have my daughter as trail companion. Will cherish the present and accept that time and availability will trend towards the solo side.
Summit: Jagged Mountain (13,824'), Weminuche Wilderness, CO - August 12, 2016
Yes, I find it freeing to literally hike my own hike without having to worry about other's pacing and issues. I started with state parks and worked up from there. I usually spend 3-7 days out at a time, and get out quite a bit since I don't have to coordinate with others schedules. If I could carry more than 7 days worth, I wouldn't come home. So it's probably a good thing. :D Give it a shot! (I have not idea why this chicken posted, but I can't seem to delete him.) :D
Everyone needs beauty as well as bread, places to play and pray, where nature heals and give strength to body and soul alike. -John Muir
If you must, you must, but I do not recommend backpacking alone.
Why? Hiking solo can be the best of times. If you have the skill, there should be no concerns of injury. Twisted an ankle a few few times, but walked it off. The BS preached by the Sierra Club and others is just that. Going solo, initially pick routes within your skill set. Once you you have done a few solos in the backcountry your confidence will grow and open up new windows. So you trip over a tree root or slip on a rock; so what? A little blood and a few bruises? Seems like you are over thinking the possibilities of disastrous consequences.
We all control, by decision or indecision, where we are. - Royal Robbins
Post by davesenesac on Sept 14, 2016 17:40:12 GMT -8
Old thread I seemed to have missed? But there have been a few similar over the last couple decades on this and other boards. There is a higher percentage of solo hikers among older, more experienced, backpacking enthusiasts because over the years unless one's backpacking companion is one's marriage partner, sooner or later friends and life circumstances change and one finds one either goes solo or not at all. For we urban working people with typical complicated modern lives, that live hours away from our mountain regions, it is often too complicated to sync up with others, especially shorter the notice. Same thing with my snow skiing life. Over time it becomes easiest to just tell upcoming plans to a few people and unless one of them decides to join, just plan like it will be a solo trip.
This summer I backpacked twice with others and twice solo. Over the decades probably two-thirds of my trips have been solo. I quite enjoy the company and conversation of others if their personalities and behaviors and interests out in the backcountry work. Most of my trips are semi-basecamping trips so am not continually each day walking down trails and routes like many backpackers. I like to really explore scenic places well, slow down, and really get into nature deeply as much fascinates me. Some especially those without much of a natural science background much might be bored. Even when out on a group backpack, I'm often spending a lot of time doing things solo and day hiking solo. But I always encourage doing things as a group, as a team if people want to. I quite envy guys that have wives that love hiking and nature and share those experiences over years of adventure.
Last month did a 10-day solo backpack up Pine Creek that is in the Bishop area. Started hiking at 9pm with headlamp and 2200 feet later at 1am tossed down the sleeping bag. Hiking at night is both physically and mentally challenging and admittedly has a scary element in the darkness one is only going to experience when alone solo. Much of the later trip was rambling about off trails at or above timberline. Then this Monday returned from a 5 day late summer trip up and over Bishop Pass where I base camped 3 days. Lots of exciting inspiring times. Life is good. But solo is not my ideal but rather practical reality. For the next week plus, much of my free time is going to be processing images and then coding html to add the trip story to my 2016 Trip Chronicles feature.
Post by CompassRds on Sept 15, 2016 11:29:35 GMT -8
Thanks for dredging this thread up davesenesac . I think I may have seen it when I was perusing the forum before joining, then forgot to go back and hit it up after joining.
I go solo for the reasons a lot of you on this last page are listing timing, trail pace, growing apart from friends who no can't/won't go anymore. Heck, even though share dayhiking and backpacking as a hobbies with my spouse, who loves to go out, at times she does not seem to understand that I need to. I'm guessing from what I am seeing that bunch of you either have the same need, or at least hopefully understand it.
Have to agree with johntpenca on injury and soloing. You go out, you get injured, you take care of yourself, you review, you learn, you solo again.
There is a higher percentage of solo hikers among older, more experienced, backpacking enthusiasts because over the years unless one's backpacking companion is one's marriage partner, sooner or later friends and life circumstances change and one finds one either goes solo or not at all. For we urban working people with typical complicated modern lives, that live hours away from our mountain regions, it is often too complicated to sync up with others, especially shorter the notice. Same thing with my snow skiing life. Over time it becomes easiest to just tell upcoming plans to a few people and unless one of them decides to join, just plan like it will be a solo trip.
That describes my circumstances to a "tee".
Used to backpack with some colleagues after completing a large demanding project, but before the next one really ramped up.
Now we all work for different employers, and in some cases, they've moved on to other interests (flying, sailing, etc).
I'm 50 years old and most people my age get winded going up a flight of stairs. Those who could do it physically are too busy to take time out to do anything. I've wanted to get back into hiking for years but I came to the conclusion that I had to do it now or it would never happen, When I did gear back up and start planning I figured out real quick that if I wanted company I'd be waiting til my funeral. My wife is in school full time, perhaps when she is done she can go with me some, but she would not like bad weather. I wouldn't say I relish bad weather but I get a charge out of a challenge.
I wouldn't say I relish bad weather but I get a charge out of a challenge.
Nothing quite as exhilarating as a full blown thunder storm in the mountains. And I don't mind hiking in the rain but I really don't like setting up or taking down camp in it. However, there is something special about being your the tent at night during a good rain storm - provided it's a good tent.
"Too often I have met men who boast only of the miles they've traveled and not of what they have seen." - Louis L'Amour
Nothing quite as exhilarating as a full blown thunder storm in the mountains. And I don't mind hiking in the rain but I really don't like setting up or taking down camp in it. However, here is something special about being your the tent at night during a good rain storm - provided it's a good tent.