Of course when I first starting hiking, I was nervous to go alone. What if I got lost? What if I got hurt? Would it be boring with no one to talk to?
But I conquered my fears and now I actually enjoy it.
I am a SLOW hiker and I also love to stop and take lots of pictures. It is so much easier when I am alone (instead of pulling up the rear in a group or listening to my hubby’s groans.)
Here’s FIVE Tips to use if you are gong to hike solo:
1.Do the Research. Read the Reviews.
Like when a RD says the route is flat and it isn’t. The same with trails. A “easy” trail is often not. Read what others have said about the hike. Make sure you read in the reviews from the season that you are hiking in. The Trails change with the weather.
2. Bring Your Phone and a Portable Charger.
You can call for help if you need it. You can track your location. You will feel safer and more relaxed. The ALLTrails app is an app that I depend on. But make sure you have back up power for your phone.
3. Save a copy of the Map on your Phone.
Even if you bring your phone, on trails, service will be spotty. Just go to the site when you do have a connection and save the map. If you have a printer, you can print the map at home (I do not.) I also recommend you do the same with directions to the site. Do not depend on your GPS connecting to a satellite to get you there or back home.
4. Wear the Right Clothes and Bring the Necessary Supplies.
Always bring water, food, a flashlight, Band-Aids. insect repellent, extra jacket and socks, etc. If it is dry, regular trail running shoes are fine. If the terrain is rugged, hiking boots are better. Of course, if the trail is snowy or icy, micro spikes are essential. (You can put screws in your shoes instead). For all my hikes that are not flat, I use hiking poles.
5. Relax. Take it all in. Enjoy the Experience.
In other words, if you are worried about getting lost, you will miss out on the peace and tranquility of being on the trail. If you think you may fall, you may skip the most beautiful parts of the trail.
Bonus Tip: Bring your dog.
They are great company.
But make sure that your pet is healthy enough for the altitude and the distance.
Happy Running! Do you hike alone? Why or why not? Do you think that you may in the future? Any other tips to share? Please share.
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