If you love the great outdoors you may enjoy hiking. Not only is a great pastime but it is great exercise. You might do it with friends and family. However, sometimes you might get the urge to venture out alone. It can be scary at first, and you may have fears of other hikers or even Bigfoot. You may worry about injury. There are precautions you can take to make hiking alone a safer adventure. You won’t have to worry about that friend that is never on time, or waiting for your partner to catch up with you. You can enjoy the trail alone.
When hiking alone it is important to plan. Make sure you check the weather and pack the correct supplies accordingly. Make sure you research the trial as well. Consider the warnings for wild animals, and other tips you might find online. If you are worried about being alone, consider a well-traveled trail.
Make sure you tell family and friends where you are going. Call your family or text a friend. Give them details about the trail and where it leads, and when you plan on returning. Let them know you will call them when you are home and safe, so they know when to look for you if necessary.
One of the most important things to remember is to bring essential items with you.
- Navigation, such as a compass and maps.
- Clothing in layers
- A flashlight
- A hat
- Suitable hiking shoes
- First-Aid Supplies
- Something to start a fire.
- Signalling devices such as a whistle or flare
- Repair Kit and Tools
- Emergency Shelter, such as a tent.
Make sure you know your limits on a solo hike. Don’t go for 15 miles up a mountain if you’re not ready for it. You can challenge yourself but be somewhat conservative. Pay attention to your instincts on the trail. Know when to turn around. Always be safe when hiking alone.
Consider getting an emergency beacon. This device can let your loved ones know where you are in the event of an emergency. You will be able to send a distress signal.
The best part of hiking alone is the freedom to choose your own journey. Enjoy being able to break when you want and carry on when you want to. Make sure to take as many pictures as possible to share with others!