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5/29/12 9:51 P

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There's nothing wrong with hiking alone. I do it all the time! But then, I tend to see lots of people on the trails I choose, so there really isn't any danger.

I used to live in an area where the trails were more secluded (and BEAUTIFUL), and loved it, but tended to get lost at times. Make sure you bring a compass or GPS so you don't lose your way. I would listen for voices (groups of hikers tend to be loud!) and head their direction.

But there is something about hiking alone, kind of spiritual. I love it. I also enjoy hiking with others, but never balk at going it alone.

Have fun and go for it!!!!!



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May I add that you also need to remember that staying safe is a priority to finishing a hike. Last summer while hiking alone in the rockies I had to twice turn back on certain hikes, because of snow. Once the area was uneven ground, and the soft snow meant that I could be stepping into a small uneven hole without warning, in the second instance a wide swath of frozen snow covered the trail and below was a major drop off) Now I REALLY wanted to do those hikes, but common sense dictated that as a lone hiker it just was not worth the risk….

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Hi. I have hiked with Tramping clubs, meet up groups and alien. I most enjoy hiking by myself.
No walking in single file or having to listen to people chatter. I mostly pick things that are popular so if I hurt myself there's sure to be someone along. Plus where I'm from there's on snakes, bears or wild cats to worry about.
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true, while peace and solitude are great, safety first. my daughter and i always hike together, along with our dogs.

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I didn't fall in love with hiking until I started going alone. My boyfriend broke his ankle in the spring (I think it was 1995) and I was faced with no hiking for the summer or going alone. I stuck to heavily used trails to start with. Eventually, I found that I'm not scared to be alone in the woods and I've spent most of the time since hiking by myself. I've done some 2-3 day backpacking trips alone as well.
One thing to remember is that you're rarely alone. There are only a few hikes I can remember when I didn't see other people and I used to have mid-week off. During the weekends it's very difficult to find any solitude at all.
I know that people say it's safer to travel in groups, especially women. But, I enjoy my time in the woods alone. I don't have to same experience when I'm with people. And, like I said, it's really hard to hike truly alone.

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Getting back into walking not yet hiking. I'll be there shortly and looking a walking buddy to walk and hike with me.

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I've been fortunate this summer to have my niece stay with me and thus a hiking buddy, but college has started and she's off.

I do hike alone, which may not be the wisest choice in the world, but then if I followed all advice for lone women, I'd never set foot outside my door. I have a pack full of every safety and emergency feature I can think of (and afford) and use trekking poles. I'm such a slow hiker that I'm afraid of slowing others down if I went to a group hike. I do carry a cell phone, but most of the hiking trails are in the mountains where there is no service. I do try to stick to popular trails. I won't get a dog, only one of the local canyons allow dogs anyway.

The truth of the matter is that I could as easily have an accident in town as in the mountains and I refuse to stay at home 24/7. I will look into an emergency beacon, though.

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I belong to the Southern Arizona Hiking Club. I like them SO MUCH better than the Meet-up group!

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I think there is meetup.com. Also I hiked a lot with Sierra Club, if you google Sierra club hike and your area, you might find some. Probably regionally there may be other organizations that have hikes you could join.

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How do you find these meet up groups?

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When I decided to start hiking I joined a meet-up group.... there are sooooo many to choose from. There are many groups in Colorado. Not only did this help me to hike without going alone, I also learned so much about hiking and experienced various trails I may not have found on my own. I will be going to Southern California this summer and want to hike at least twice, so I have looked up the meetup groups in that area because I plan to join in.

You have to get over the fear of being around people you don't know... besides after a one hike you know people. It is better than hiking alone. If you want to fruit... your gona have to climb out on a limb. GO HAVE FUNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN.

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Scary bear encounter! Sounds like you know how to handle yourself (and your dog!).



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I hike alone most of the time. Generally its because my days off aren't the same as others' days off, or I don't like having to feel like I am slowing someone down or they are slowing me down. But, I do have some rules. I won't go to incredibly secluded areas and I won't hike alone in winter. I go on hikes in places I know that I will see at least a couple people during the hike. I live in Alaska, so there are plenty of both types of hikes around and I just save the secluded ones when I can hike with friends or family.

I still worry about breaking something, but I know then that people will be around to get me help. I only worry a little about animals, but mostly I know how to defend against them. I don't take bear spray or anything like that but I make plenty of noise and when I do come across an animal I just go the other way. I used to hike with a dog, but I found that the dog would taunt black bears, which scared me a bit. At one point, I grabbed my dog and had to walk the opposite way on the trail because the bear was coming at us. I called my dad to come pick me up and take me back to my car.

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Hiking alone poses a lot of risks. Most trailheads will actually have cautionary signs posted advising against it (as well as hiking after dark). Can I honestly say I haven't done either? Um...no. I think the best policy if you're going to hike alone (or after dark) is to always be prepared. I always have a lighter, flashlight, cell phone (though they don't always work in remote areas), and other supplies handy when I go alone.

People aren't necessarily a worry of mine. Its mostly being injured and unable to get help. This is why you always want to make sure someone knows where you're going, even if you're going in a pair or small group, and what time you expect to return.

Dependng on where you hike, you may be able to obtain information on hiking groups. These are always a good idea.

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So true .....Life really is a matter of balancing risks with 'living' isn't it? Otherwise we simply exist until we draw our last breath and is that really living?

Prayers for that family ...

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Sad story, it does pay to be careful, but everything has it's risks...I guess it's up to each of us to decide what risks we are willing and not willing to take.

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MOUNT BALDY VILLAGE, Calif. Hiker's body found.

This advance level hiker tripped and fell. She was alone, so no one called for help.

This is a commonly hiked trail, very familiar to her and many. She left that morning for a routine hike, good weather, familiar trail and confident. Her roommate knew the exact trail she was on, her car was at the start of the trail.

Cries for help were heard. I imagine if she had brought a friend, a call would have been made and a rescue. I would say this does not just apply to women, but all hikers.
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Bad things can happen any place or time and as someone said earlier...even being with others can't prevent a tragedy.

I've walked/ hiked alone for years but always leave a written map/ description of the area and estimated return times. My daughter and hubby agree to 'adding' an extra hour for unexpected delays but never had to come looking for me ...

I hope to hike the Appalachian Trail one day ...with a partner would be great but if/when 'the time and circumstances' are right if it seems I'm to do it solo....I will and plan regular check ins via cell phone and/or calls during resupply stops.

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Thanks for the update Rhonda, she sure is still missing. I am posting this because for people who do hike alone and think they can do it. This missing lady thought she could do it as well.

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I just read the story in our local paper and it said they still hadn't found her but have expanded their search radius to 20 miles now.

Here's a link if you're interested. blogs.pe.com/news/digest/2010/12/san
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Update here, Apparently this woman is still missing. Has been two days and she only had supplies for one day. Its pretty sad because its a golden rule, "never hike alone". Yet this lady did not agree and now she is in trouble. I will pray for her safe return.

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Not sure if you guys hear there is a woman missing in California. I have been told no one should hike alone. I hope they find her soon, they think she spent the night up there:

MT. BALDY ( KTLA) -- Authorities are searching for a 49-year-old woman who disappeared while hiking near Mt. Baldy in the Angeles National Forest.

Authorities fear she may have fallen and injured herself. They've been unable to reach her on her cell phone.

Some hikers reported hearing a woman screaming from a canyon around 6 p.m. Sunday but they couldn't determine exactly where the voice came from.

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I am a woman who hikes alone all the time. Well, not really alone, I take my two dogs with me; they are more for company than protection though. I think if you want to hike you should hike, maybe get a dog or bring a can of mace with you just in case.

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Being aware of your surroundings is a good thing, and you can hike w/ the I-pod in just one ear, if that would help, then you can still hear what's going on as long as it isn't too loud!

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I always hike by myself. Like a lot of others don't really have any friends or family to do it with.

I live in Indiana and normally do the Indiana Dunes Federal or state trails. I don't even take water with me, just leave it in the car... my item of choice is my ipod.

So thanks for all the tips and guess I need to do better moving forward. Would really hate to wind up on the 10:00 news because I wasn't being careful.

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Smart to check w/ the rangers, sounds like a lovely hike!

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I did my first solo hike a couple of weeks ago at Catoctin Mtns in Maryland. I checked with the Park Ranger first on safety. Because it is on Federal property and well traveled they said it was very safe. To my amazement there were a number of women on the trail solo as well, sans dog. I went up to Wolf Rock but didn't chance going over the crevices on my own. It was so beautiful and serene.

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What a great way to get out there, I'd love to be able to get out more mid-week...but there's that pesky job of mine... emoticon

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Hi all!

Just joined the group and have recently started doing many hikes so this thread gave me many great tips.

I hike alone with my aussie Baylor. I am off through the week when others are typically working so if I didn't head out by myself, along with Baylor, I would not get to enjoy my walks. Before I start out I have told my husband the trail I will be taking, give him an approximate time we will be done, and alway call him when we are back in the car. I take a backpack with me even on short hikes of 2-3 miles with water, whistle, map of the trail, and phone. I believe I am going to add in a few of the other great suggestions too.

If do save the long trails to do with friends and their dogs or my husband.

Thanks for sharing everyone!!

Happy Hiking!!!
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Sorry to hear about your friends, what a tragedy...

It's always good to let someone know where and when you're going out alone (or even in small groups) just in case.

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I don't hike alone unless it's a trail really close to town where there are lots of others - I've had some super-experienced friends get lost and a couple have died, including on trails they had hiked alone for years - we always think nothing is going to happen....until it does.

This seems more like common sense than living my life in fear - I still go out, still hike 'away from DH' or others since I don't want to be glued to anyone but think there is safety in numbers - too many ways to get hurt, even for the most prepared, most experienced hikers.

Guess I'm still reeling from losing several friends within the past few years, including some who were super-safety oriented and in one case, there were even 2 gals together - being with 100 people wouldn't have kept her from dying in the fall but at least someone knew where her body was - for some others I've known, they haven't ever found any remains.

So while I don't walk around on trails thinking a boogie man is going to jump out any second, I do think it's best to prepare as much as possible - and then just get out there and have fun!!

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What great tips for hiking ladies. Thanks so much!

I was just pondering the hiking alone thing recently because I'm discovering how much I love it. Its not always reasonable for me to hike with my husband and would like to do this activity at least once or twice a month.

I've made a few rules for myself. If I stick to closer to home locations that are 2.5 miles or so or less round trip I can take my kids with me (8 and almost 4). The distance restriction is something my 3 year old can handle. emoticon We recently went on a 1 miler this past week and it was so much fun.

If I do want to go on something a little longer I'll have to make plans to leave at least the youngest somewhere and bring my dog if my hubby can't come with me. I feel safe with Daisy...she's my buddy. emoticon ...she also looks nothing like that Emoticon LOL.

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That one always makes me giggle a bit too! But, thankfully we only have the black bears out here in CA. I have seen one when we were out on the trails though, and it gave me pause!

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I take my dog with me. My DH and I have discussed taking a small gun. This year we had a late freeze and the bears don't have much to eat. I don't think they would intentionally bother us, but you never know...
Below is writtin on a sign on one of the trails we frequent. People talking about bear spray made me think of it. This sign always makes me laugh.
How you can protect yourself from most bears?


In light of the rising frequency of human/grizzly bear conflicts, the Colorado Department of Fishing and Gaming is advising hikers, hunters, and fishermen to take extra precautions and keep alert of bears while in the field. The department has posted the following notice:

We advise that outdoorsmen wear noisy little bells on their clothing so as not to startle any bears.

We also advise outdoorsmen to carry pepper spray with them in case of an encounter with a bear.

It is also a good idea to watch out for fresh signs of bear activity.

Outdoorsmen should recognize the difference between black bear and grizzly bear feces. Black bear feces is smaller and contains lots of berries and squirrel fur. Grizzly bear feces has little bells in it and smells like pepper.



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When I'm out walking and dogs come running out I worry about those little 9 lb dogs more than the big ones sometimes! The little ones can be more threatening than my 90 lb lab for sure!

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SJCSF00, I have to laugh with you!! My last dog was a big 9 pounder too and liked to protect me.

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I hike alone alot, but I always take my cell phone with me!

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I almost always hike alone, but I take my viscous 9 pound dog with me. :)

Hiking alone is my "me time." I get to clear my head, enjoy the natural world, de-stress. But occasionally I go hiking with a friend. She's good for pushing me to go a little faster and a little farther than I usually go.

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Meetup.com is a great place to find hiking groups! Now if only I lived closer to the mountains to hike - sigh! I miss hiking...

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Have fun! Sounds like a great group!

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I'm so glad meetup.com was mentioned! I had never heard of them before. So, looked for a hiking group in my area and voila! I'm meeting up with a group on Wednesday! I am so excited. It is actually a run/walk/bike group that also sets up special times to hike. Hopefully, this will help push me to expand my scope of fitness and feed my need for socialization while having fun outdoors.

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I hike alone most of the time. I do belong to a group that I have hiked with, but not often. Just recently joined the Southern Arizona Hiking club. Hope to go on my first hike with them next Saturday.

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I hike alone or with our dog sometimes. But I only go out alone on well-traveled popular trails. I never go off-route on those outing and I always let my husband know where I am and when I plan to return. I get great satisfaction from alone hikes sometimes. It clears my head!

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I hike alone since DH can't keep up. I let him know where I'll be when I go out, and always ask the hotel concierge for the safest places to go.

I try to hike with friends if possible, but there isn't any hiking in my area so I always do it while traveling. Alone.

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Obosage, I don't know if we ever outgrow that thinking. My kids are grown but my youngest daughter and her kids are living with me right now (she's 27) and I still end up hurrying home from something I'm doing for me sometimes because I feel I should. I can't seem to get that out of my head! But we do need time for ourselves in order to be the best we can be for our kids, parents, spouses/significant others, friends, employers, and everyone else whose life we touch or who depends on us. We have to take time to be in touch with ourselves to be all we can be for others

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And don't forget you are modeling for your kids how important it is to take time out for yourself and not always just live for others. You will be happier, and a better parent to your kids that way...So go and enjoy without the guilt. Could you take your kids with you sometimes too?

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I planned my first hike for this Monday morning with the group. It's just a four hour hike probably. I did it in three hours, but I think I ran down the mountain that day. I have had people already RSVP me. I said assistant organizer but I am really a event organizer. We will see how it goes. The people I hike with the other day we are typing back and fourth and I planned to go on other outings with them soon. Well at least part way. They went from morning to evening and made at least three peaks that day. It's a tug a war in my heart though, because I have lived through my kids for so long. So the guilt thing comes up when thinking of going on a long hike. I know I can't be gone all the time. But can't I go at least once a week for a long hike is my thinking. This is my pleasure.

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Sounds like a great group, Obosage, glad to hear about your experience!

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I do hike alone sometimes. But I joined a group through meetup.com and went on my first hike with them yesterday. It was fun and they encouraged me to go further and further with them. So much so I almost forgot that I was to pick up my daughter at 2:00 p.m.. So I then raced down the mountain by myself thinking I am in trouble by my daughter. I ended up getting to my car at 2:25 then racing down the mountain in my car. Got home and my daughter had gotten a ride from my mom and wasn't mad at me at all. I could of stayed with them some more. But I did hike five hours yesterday. The majority of the hikes seem to be right around twenty miles in one day. So this is my goal with the group. It is nice to have nice, funny people that are encourager to me to hike with. I put in my to bits about hiking smaller hike of around 6 to 10 miles and they made me assistant leader for those. So I am now going to have to start planing some hike. We will see how it goes.

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The Appalachian Trail starts not too far from here. I have hiked an hour or two on it several times with a big dog. Now my dogs are smaller and I don't know how safe it is. I do remember how several years ago I had an old lady tell me "Honey, don't go hiking alone! It's not safe!". I remember that a woman was murdered not tooo far from here. Pepper spray is good!

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My sister and I both hike solo, and have for years. But, we also both agree that it's a chance we are taking and a choice that we've made. I carry a phone whenever I'm out by myself and I'm careful, but if something happens, I'll accept the outcome.

I do solo day hiking and trail running. My sister does solo hiking and backpacking. She was on a week long solo backpacking trip two weeks ago and 4 days in had to bag the trip. The snow level made the trails dangerous, and the stream crossings were treacherous so she made the hard call to come out.

My husband comes with me when he can, but he has some autoimmune issues that can flare up and put him out of action. My sisters husband has a terminal illness so he can't backpack anymore. When our schedules line up, she and I go together, but that doesn't always work...it's all good.

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I don't hike alone. Seriously believe in the buddy system. But it can be frustrating trying to coordinate a hiking trip with busy friends.

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I do hikes near home alone. There's one that's 7miles and I usually see one or two other people.
I don't go into wilderness areas alone- especially when I know there are Griz. I carry pepper spray, but I still wouldn't do it solo.

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I wouldn't hike alone, even with all the great tips. I think it is too dangerous here in the DC area. I hike with Meetup.com like some of the other posters. It's great cuz they have lots of easy/moderate hikes that suit me at this point. I also hike with Washington Women Outdoors, but most of their hikes are more difficult. I can't wait to be in better shape and tackle the harder and more fun stuff again!

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My husband bought me some bear spray today because a black bear charged an OPP officer near here last week and they had to shoot it. Bears usually aren't found in this area but they've started to make their way down. I also carry dog pepper spray which I keep in a pocket on the outside of my pack when I got on trails.

I was doing trails by myself but my family worries about me. I introduced a friend of mine to geocaching a few weeks ago and she is hooked now. I now have a geocaching buddy that likes to go on hikes too. Check out www.geocaching.com to get involved as you will find local geocachers near you.

I carry a heavy duty stick, water, bear spray, dog pepper spray, cell phone, compass, and a whistle.

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