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#202812 - 03/26/19 12:08 AM Re: Hiking Solo [Re: smiknab]
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I hike solo a lot, but it is usually less that 5 days. This year I'm hiking the JMT solo taking 21-22 days. The advantage to the JMT is that I do not have to be alone while having complete freedom to do whatever I feel like doing on any given day. I am sure there will be times when I will be lonely, but I am actually looking forward to those times as I am sure that they will be the times when God can have my undivided attention. plus, it's not like you are ever alone on the JMT.


Now, spending 5 days off trail in Emigrant and seeing only one person from a distance...that is alone... and I LOVED it!
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#203084 - 05/26/19 02:33 PM Re: Hiking Solo [Re: MountainMinstrel]
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The remoteness of the route makes a difference. Even if I do not see people, if I am near a fairly popular area or if it only takes a day to get back to civilization, I feel less "alone". When I am several very difficult days (over many difficult passes) from the nearest trailhead or popular trail and do not see anyone for over a week, that feels a lot more "alone". Being quite introverted, I do not mind being alone; however the safety/fear factor goes up a bit. True solo backpacking in a very remote location is inherently more dangerous than with a partner or larger group. There is no immediate backup if something goes wrong.

What I miss most when totally alone is being able to have someone to help with decisions.

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