Solo Hiking is awesome, but there will be times....
I love solo hiking. I get my dog and my pack and it's just us in the world. All of my problems are at home and I can pick the perfect trail for me.
I had my first solo hiking issue today. I was not stalked by a cougar, attacked by a bear or mauled by a serial killer as have been my fears of solo hiking. My truck got stuck while I was turning around. Simple, but terrifying to be alone, in the middle of no where unable to get my truck moving.
I had plenty of water, enough food, but no cell phone reception. I absolutely couldn't get it out. (Next time, keep a shovel in the truck....) Eventually, I was rescued by an elderly geologist and his wife, but not before my husband called the BLM...and on and on.
Luckily, I wasn't lost, I was just stuck so I was never in real danger, but I was scared and embarrassed.
I learned that while I may be good in the woods, I need to learn a little more about my vehicle and be a bit better prepared for unexpected issues like this. I guess my comment for solo hikers would be to absolutely prepare for the worst, because if something bad does happen, it'll be easier if you are prepared.
I also learned that it's much easier to panic when you are alone. Thank God for my dog, even he provided great comfort!
About the author
Diane is the founder of Hiking For Her.
She's been on a hiking trail somewhere in the world for 5+ decades & loves to share her best hiking tips right here.