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Solo hiking concerns include worry or anxiety over hiking alone.
These emotions won't make your trip much fun, especially if you're leaving a worried or anxious loved one at home, pacing the floor until you return!
Here's a thought provoking question about solo hiking that I received recently:
"I first thought about hiking 25 years ago. I am just getting started. I am hiking solo and my husband is having a fit about it. He feels it is too dangerous. I have just discovered your website and I plan to ask him to look at it. Can you lead me to any more information to ease his mind that women can be safe in the woods alone?... He is not physically able to go with me but I want to do it alone anyway."
Let's dissect out the basic issue we see about solo hiking in this question.
That's some pretty deep water!!
How can a solo hiker reassure the people at home that everything is going to be fine?
In truth, there's no way to know ahead of time what will occur on that trail.
Which is exactly why I recommend approaching a solo hike in this way:
meticulous planning, and
This clear eyed approach to solo hiking demonstrates to your loved ones that you can:
a) take care of yourself on the trail;
b) anticipate and meet challenges; and
c) come home safely.
These are all things they want to know are true, so give them the data they need. Then they can relax about your solo adventures!
Then you can relax into your adventures.
If you need some guidance on going solo, I created an e-course that might help.
Please take a look at my information on solo hiking fears, and contact me if you need further information.
Below are a few recommended resources to explore for even more thoughts on how hiking solo can be done safely. Going solo doesn't have to mean hiking with anxiety.
If you're considering doing winter hiking as a solo hiker, please read these tips for safe winter hiking.
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