I’ve traveled relatively alone all over the Western US — with my dogs. They aren’t big dogs but they do provide that extra layer of alertness to my surroundings. I tend to stick to National Forest campgrounds and trails. I think there is a safety risk in hiking alone very far off the beaten path, not from other people but from injury. I grew up backpacking and am very comfortable in the out of doors, but I do think you need to be smart about it. I think the most important thing in going solo is that you’re comfortable providing for all your needs yourself. Can you read maps and use a compass? Do you know basic first aid? Will be you ok if your stove dies, or it starts to rain heavily? Spending anytime outside is always about being prepared.
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