by Diane Spicer
Ready to explore whether solo hiking is for you? Solo hiking quiz 1 is all set!
Jot down your answer to each question.
Scoring directions can be found at the end of the quiz.
And remember! This is all in fun.
As a child, I hiked with:
a) family members.
b) organized groups (church, Scouts, camp, etc.)
c) I didn't hike as a child; I started hiking later on.
When I enjoy a day hike, I carry:
a) food and water.
b) the ten essentials.
c) the ten essentials, plus hobby equipment (fishing pole, camera, etc.).
The last hike I went on was chosen and planned for by:
a) a relative or significant other.
b) a group.
Each month finds me out on a hiking trail this many hours:
a) between one and five.
b) at least six, up to fifteen.
c) at least fifteen, but closer to twenty five or more.
How many hiking resources, including books, websites, online forums, magazines, and veteran hikers, do you use for hiking trip planning each month?
a) 0 - 1.
b) 2 - 4.
c) Over 4.
When you're hiking with other people, do you ever find yourself yearning for a chance to go at a different pace, or stop and explore, rather than keeping up with the group plans?
a) No, I enjoy every minute of shared trail time.
b) Once in awhile.
c) A lot of times.
Which cartoon character do you identify with most?
a) Winne the Pooh, and his band of woodland critters
b) Rocky (a squirrel whose sidekick was a moose)
c) Bugs Bunny (the accent, the carrot, the wisecracks)
Which of the following adjectives best completes this sentence about you? "I am a ____________ hiker."
I hope this solo hiking quiz 1 didn't bring back any bad memories of high school :)
The "a's" have it: If you selected mostly "a" answers, you're in the habit of letting trusted authority figures guide your outdoor time (Christopher Robin).
If "b" popped up as an answer the majority of the time:
If you're a "c" kind of hiker, you're ready to "see" the world on your own.
How do I know that?Because your answers indicate that:
Possible explanations: time pressures, lack of training, inadequate or old gear, rusty skills, or fears/anxiety.
Be sure to explore my solo hiking tips thoroughly, looking for ideas on how to tackle these challenges.
There are a zillion miles of trail out there, waiting for your solo boot prints!
So there you have it, the answers and possible things to think about.
It takes all kinds of hikers to make the world go round, and I'm delighted that you stopped by to find out where your comfort zone for solo hiking is.
Happy (maybe solo?) Hiking!
Solo Hiking Quiz 1
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