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#108497 - 12/30/08 01:40 PM Re: Solo hiking [Re: wandering_daisy]
Folkalist Offline

Registered: 03/17/07
Posts: 374
Loc: Fredericksburg, VA
It also depends on which post within the larger posting is being replied to. Some folks reply to the latest comments. Somes folks who are reading the whole thread for the first time respond to intermittent comments.
Why am I online instead of hiking?

#109759 - 01/21/09 01:30 PM Re: Solo hiking [Re: ringtail]
Icelander Offline

Registered: 01/21/09
Posts: 1
Loc: Ashland Oregon
I have hiked solo for over thirty years and really never have gotten myself into any serious trouble. For the last twenty years I have hiked in Oregon's high desert without trails. I usually set up a base camp and then head out in a different direction each morning and come back in the late afternoon to eat and sleep.

I guess I started going solo because of a lack of companions or a lack of suitable companions. And now at fifty six it's really difficult to find peers who want to rough it in the back country. But finding my way down some desert canyon and maybe catching a trout and picking some onions for my dinner is the best part of living IMO. I'm shocked and saddened that so few people care about it. But I guess that also has an up side. I almost never encounter other hikers in the places I frequent.

#109828 - 01/22/09 04:08 AM Re: Solo hiking [Re: Icelander]
OregonMouse Offline

Registered: 02/03/06
Posts: 6424
Loc: Gateway to Columbia Gorge
I hike solo for several reasons. First, I prefer being on my own. Solitude allows me to do what I want to do. Second, I am an extremely slow hiker--1 mph on a good day. My dog has no objections, but most humans resent being slowed to such a snail's pace. Third, I have had experience going with a group and don't like it.

I have had it drummed into me from both family and friends that "hiking alone is unsafe." I tend to reject this partially due to some unfortunate experiences hiking with groups and partially due to the fact that I am more careful when going out alone.

I have, however, succumbed to considerable pressure and acquired a 10.8 oz. brick in the guise of an ACR Microfix Personal Locater Beacon. If the worst comes to the worst and my life is in danger, I can push the button. If nothing else, acquiring this (hopefully) useless item keeps my friends and relatives off my back!

Edited by OregonMouse (01/22/09 04:09 AM)
May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view--E. Abbey

#109866 - 01/22/09 03:11 PM Re: Solo hiking [Re: OregonMouse]
jpanderson80 Offline

Registered: 07/28/06
Posts: 292
Loc: Memphis, TN
Originally Posted By OregonMouse
I have, however, succumbed to considerable pressure and acquired a 10.8 oz. brick in the guise of an ACR Microfix Personal Locater Beacon.

Yucky! I'm so sorry OM. That is indeed a "brick".

I'm hitting the trail in 9 days for the first multiple day solo hike in years. I am looking forward to it more than anything I can remember in recent history. I know what I'm getting into and am very cautious. I think part of the problem with people thinking that solo hiking is so incredibly dangerous is that they have been city-fied so much themselves that they could not personally survive much less enjoy a trip in the wilderness.
I always forget and make it more complicated than it needs to's just walking.

#109878 - 01/22/09 05:14 PM Re: Solo hiking [Re: jpanderson80]
OregonMouse Offline

Registered: 02/03/06
Posts: 6424
Loc: Gateway to Columbia Gorge
I would hate to see anyone going out solo who hadn't developed the skills and experience (more important than the gear) needed to cope when things hit the fan. Backpacking is really not something that beginners should attempt unless they stay very close to the trailhead and their cars for their first few trips, and close to high-traffic trails thereafter. In my case, I have 60-odd years of experience and have encountered and successfully coped with some really horrendous conditions, so I know what I'm doing and exactly what the risks are.

Edited by OregonMouse (01/22/09 05:16 PM)
May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view--E. Abbey

#110659 - 02/04/09 12:38 AM Re: Solo hiking [Re: ringtail]
jimbame Offline

Registered: 02/21/04
Posts: 50
Solo hiking....I'm more aware (but still do silly things)...I can stop and nap or stop at a waterfall or at a panorama...more "things" to do alone just keeping the mileage to a reasonable number...but I can walk when I want and stop when I want....experience helps. Danger -- controllable even when the griz are around, or mountain lion scat....again more aware and willing to bail at any point...

#110666 - 02/04/09 04:01 AM Re: Solo hiking [Re: jimbame]
BrianLe Offline

Registered: 02/26/07
Posts: 1149
Loc: Washington State, King County
"Danger -- controllable even when the griz are around, or mountain lion scat....again more aware and willing to bail at any point... "

My personal feeling is that for a prepared hiker there isn't a great deal of danger in hiking alone. Sure, if a tree falls on me or space aliens attack and only manage to wound me, it could be good to have someone along to help, but I mostly hike on established trails. Generally someone is going to come along at some point. Bears run away from me whether I'm alone or in a group, I've hiked through well known mountain lion areas and have yet to have an encounter. It could happen, but the stats don't suggest that I should worry about it.

Each of us is different here, I can only speak for myself, but I did feel a little --- odd, uncomfortable at first in hiking solo. After doing it for a lot of days in a row, I got pretty comfortable with it. I.e., as the novelty wore off, so did the nervousness. For a fit, intelligent + wise person with some experience who's hiking fairly frequented trails, I don't consider solo hiking to be particularly dangerous.
Brian Lewis

#110677 - 02/04/09 09:49 AM Re: Solo hiking [Re: BrianLe]
JAK Offline

Registered: 03/19/04
Posts: 2569
It depends, but generally yeah, its a crock.
Same with paddling.
Most kayakers can't self rescue, and that's just crazy.

With the right partner, I could definitely do more with the partner than I am willing and able to do alone. Without the right partner I am unable to do as much as safely solo.

My daughter is a great hiking buddy though. She is only 9, and small, but we are almost able to do as much together as I am alone, at least on land and in summer. She is learning to sail, and to paddle, and to cross-country ski, so in a few more years she will be there, and a few more after that if we still travel together now and then we might be able to do some adventures that I might not do solo. We shall see. It's more likely that she will go here own way, and that's ok. There is always solo.

#114737 - 04/20/09 06:43 PM Re: Solo hiking [Re: JAK]
Salik Offline

Registered: 03/30/09
Posts: 11
Loc: Elgin, IL
This whole discussion has been very interesting. It seems that solo hiking fits with most people's goals for hiking. Personally, my purpose for hiking is to observe nature and connect with my creator. Thus, solo hiking fits best. When I hike with other people, they tend to talk too much and break the thoughts and reflections that I am having. I hiked with one of my teachers, and he positively added to the experience and pushed me harder than I would have gone alone which was fun. But as a whole, I'd definitely prefer to hike alone to fully focus on the beauty of my surroundings and being able to take as long as I want to look at something that I feel is spectacular.

#118240 - 07/11/09 05:11 PM Re: Solo hiking [Re: ringtail]
EricaStolte Offline

Registered: 06/24/09
Posts: 18
Loc: SouthernVT
I would rather hike with another person. I am hiking solo by necessity as it's hard to find an activity partner.

#118844 - 07/28/09 06:33 PM Re: Solo hiking [Re: ringtail]
Greg Offline

Registered: 07/26/09
Posts: 4
Loc: VA
Truthfully, It all depend in the mood im in. I personally would rather have atleast one person with me. Always that one circumstance, if something happens they r there to help ya. But it is always nice just to get out there by yourself. Most of the time I need someone to take a pic of me, because no one wants to believe I made it to the top.

#118972 - 08/02/09 05:31 PM Re: Solo hiking [Re: Greg]
bigb Offline

Registered: 07/05/09
Posts: 124
Loc: Maryland
I hike solo 90% of the time human wise but always have a K9 partner. I have hiked solo with no dog and it is much different truly alone. I enjoy both but at this point couldn't imagine not taking my dog. For me trips with people take more planning and I can't hike my hike, but still can be enjoyable. I normally just let another person be boss and enjoy the ride.
"In the beginers mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert's there are few."
Shunryu Suzuki

#119685 - 08/21/09 11:14 PM Re: Solo hiking [Re: billk]
David Lee Offline

Registered: 08/21/09
Posts: 1
Loc: Beijing
-send the clone to work....
Well that sounds good to me!

Edited by David Lee (08/21/09 11:17 PM)

#120031 - 08/28/09 04:49 PM Re: Solo hiking [Re: Salik]
rapchizzle Offline

Registered: 08/28/09
Posts: 2
Loc: Charleston SC
I've just started to get back into hiking after a few years of hiatus when I got out of the Boy Scouts. Since then, I've done two weekend trips, one solo and one with a good friend of mine. I'm planning another trip to the same state park (different part though) and to be honest, I'm not inviting anyone else. There's just something about doing it alone that I love, whether it be the self reliance, sense of adventure or even just proving to myself that I can do it without having to rely on someone else.

One day I hope to be speaking through the voice of experience like a lot of you hiking veterans. And when I get out of college I plan on getting myself a dog that will become my new hiking partner

#120057 - 08/29/09 01:35 PM Re: Solo hiking [Re: rapchizzle]
jonnycat Offline

Registered: 04/21/05
Posts: 363
Loc: PNW
I find that humans step on my nature buzz, but a good dog can connect you to the natural world like nothing else. Plus you get a nice big furry thing in your tent at the end of your day!

#138957 - 09/17/10 11:43 PM Re: Solo hiking [Re: jonnycat]
keedos Offline

Registered: 09/12/10
Posts: 3
Itís hard to find a good trail partner that is happy to hike at the same pace as me. Also, sometimes I want to scramble up that peak, and sometimes I donít. Itís hard if Iím stuck with someone that isnít on the same page. Itís just easier if I go alone. The way I look at it is if I die hiking up in the mountains at least it will be doing something I enjoy.

#139005 - 09/19/10 11:00 AM Re: Solo hiking [Re: ringtail]
POPsJr. Offline

Registered: 08/17/10
Posts: 5
I backpack with groups and solo. I enjoy most, multi day solo trips to remote area. A peacefull mornings on a lake or stream, sun rsing, fish rising, flyrod working, just cant get better than that for me. Heck if you stay home too long your honey do list will get longer, I think it is better to pass over in the woods than cutting the lawn in the back yard.

#140572 - 10/16/10 08:57 PM Re: Solo hiking [Re: billk]
Sarge Offline

Registered: 10/16/10
Posts: 3
Loc: Upstate South Carolina
In response to earlier clone jokes:

If your clone committed a crime while you hiked, would you let him use you as an alibi?

Edited by Sarge (10/16/10 08:57 PM)

#140655 - 10/17/10 10:58 PM Re: Solo hiking [Re: Sarge]
Jimshaw Offline

Registered: 10/22/03
Posts: 3938
Loc: Bend, Oregon
Ya so this is an old thread, but now I've moved next to massive recent lava flow here Bend Oregon and hiking alone on the lava is an extremely dangerous thing to do, but thats what I'm going to do, but I've decided to carry a cell phone Its so rough that a fall 100 feet in could be very bad, a difficult rexcue, if I survived rocks moving. I'll certainly be dressed for it, might even wear a helmet.
These are my own opinions based on wisdom earned through many wrong decisions. Your mileage may vary.

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