I'm far from an expert when it comes to hiking. However, I have a few years under my belt and what I know is you must respect nature and never take her for granted. I am also not one for hiking alone but these days hiking with friends seems to be a bit confusing with should I should I not due to our Covid restrictions. So I hiked alone today. Well sort of. I brought my big scary husky dog. I felt safe with her.
So these are the things you should do while hiking alone:
1) Complete a trip report. www.adventuresmart.ca/tripplanning/tripplan_a.htm
2) Carry your ten essentials. Including extra batteries for your head lamp, good shoes, layers, extra food & your phone with a battery pack ++.
3) Choose a popular trail that you know well.
4) Check the weather forecast before you set out.
5) I never tell anyone I am alone on the trail. If asked I say my group is ahead.
Today was my second time on the trail alone. I probably wouldn't do it on just any ole' trail. So I choose one I have done many times and one that I know is loaded with people. I just knew I had to get outdoors. These are trying times for all of us around the world. For me I need nature time. It is vital for my mental health. I am safe and always think of our Search and Rescue volunteers.
I am no way encouraging you to hike alone. If you do decide it's for you then follow the steps above.
Safe hiking always...
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I work for Surrey School District as an Education Assistant. In my free time I enjoy hiking, snowshoeing, going off-road, dragon boating, writing & hanging with my huskies.