Hiking For One: Why You Should Consider a Solo Adventure

Why is there such a stigma surrounding doing things alone?

“Table for one, please”

“.. Are you waiting on someone?”

“Umm, did I stutter? IT’S JUST ME, LADY!!!”

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Here’s what I’ve learned:

If you have to wait for someone to go with you to do all the things you’ve wanted to do in life — you might be waiting forever.

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For instance, my husband doesn’t like hiking. I love hiking.

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Jake being a good sport and going to Sand Harbor with me.

Does that mean I need to..

A. Never go hiking

B. Drag my husband unwillingly, 10 miles through the wilderness?

NO.

It means I’m going to do some solo hiking.

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10 Mile Solo Hike at Mount Rose, Lake Tahoe

And before you’re all “but you’re a woman, aren’t you scared to be hiking alone??”

I walk at the mall alone.

I walk in Walmart alone.

I walk in town alone.

Yes, there are precautions that you need to take:

  • bring pepper spray
  • a bear bell or bear spray for wilderness treks
  • a fully-charged cellphone
  • let someone know your itinerary – when/ where you’re going and when you plan on returning ( I usually also post live-updates on my instagram stories, too)
  • Hike during the day, ONLY
  • bring a paper map for longer hikes
  • bring a bottle of water for every hour +1 (in normal heat)
  • bring snacks, sunblock, bug spray
  • bring a jacket if the weather fluctuates (also – check the weather!)
  • download the AllTrails app — so you don’t get lost!
  • hike during the busiest times on the trails
  • stay ALERT! Ditch the headphones so you can hear your surroundings.
  • DON’T try the “difficult” hikes (unstable terrain or tough climbing)
  • know your ability-level (If you’ve never hiked, don’t try it for the first time alone)

I mostly do the shorter, more popular hikes (less than 3 miles) during the busiest times so normally I don’t feel too unsafe. But use common sense!!

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Now we’ve got that covered — let’s move on!

Call me crazy, but sometimes I prefer hiking alone.

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Waterfall on Mt. Rose Trail. I didn’t feel bad taking my time to take this picture since I was by myself.

 

Without sounding like I’m three weed gummies deep — being alone in nature is really freeing to me.

I spend a lot of alone time with my phone, so why not nature??

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A good hour in the wild, alone with your thoughts, can cut off the tentacles of technology that sometimes — we didn’t realize were strangling us.

I get so wrapped up in feeling

  • not pretty enough
  • not successful enough
  • and generally, like a failure

that I forget about this awesome planet we’ve been placed on.

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Guess what?

Mountain tops don’t care how many followers you have on social media!

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Waterfalls don’t care that you aren’t the skinniest girl on Instagram!

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The clear blue waters of Lake Tahoe don’t care that you aren’t a billionaire by age 30!

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And by conquering a long hike, it’s nice to be reminded that my body is *useful* and it’s capable of getting me to some really cool places.

Hiking reminds me that my body doesn’t deserve all of the criticisms I think of when I look in the mirror.

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Hiking reminds me that I can be happy all by myself.

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Be confident enough to enjoy your own company.

If you never spend any time alone — how do you truly know yourself?

If your happiness depends on others — waiting on someone to take that trip with you, basing your self-worth on others’ opinions of you — you’ll never be happy.

If you live for their approval, you’ll die from their rejection.

Take control of your life. Be your own source of happiness.

Happiness is a choice.

Stop waiting for someone else, and CHOOSE to live a life you LOVE.

(And be safe!)

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Was that motivating? That took a weird turn, huh? Guess I’ll put down this box of Wheat Thins and take my own advice!! Lol.

 

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