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Ask Me: Should I Go Backpacking Solo?

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Hello Michael,

I’ve read through a lot of your blog, and it really has inspired me to get outside more and look for greater adventures than what I’ve already done. I have never been anywhere in the United States and so I have my sights set on Rocky Mountain National Park, in Colorado. I’m looking to do some backpacking, and with so many trails and options to choose from, I’m at a loss and honestly confused. I’m looking for something that will take me about four days. Sadly, I haven’t been able to find someone to tag along with me, and although I have quite a bit of camping and hiking experience, I haven’t done it by myself.

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3 Responses to Ask Me: Should I Go Backpacking Solo?

  1. boothv   |  February 24, 2016 at 6:44 pm

    “I think backpacking solo actually helps you become a more aware and careful hiker.”
    I could NOT agree more and it’s something I repeat to anyone questioning why I backpack solo.

  2. michaellanza   |  February 23, 2016 at 9:01 am

    Good perspective, Michael, and I agree. Thanks for sharing that.

  3. Michael B   |  February 23, 2016 at 8:57 am

    I’ve never hiked or backpacker in a group. It has always been solo. That said, I can’t think of a day on trail that I didn’t see at least one person. I have spent many nights camping alone with nothing but the stars above and the wildlife around me to keep me company, and it has generally been wonderful. In a national park you may find yourself hoping for some solitude. As long as a person knows their abilities and limitations and doesn’t try to push those boundaries too much, i see no reason to fear solo backpacking. Just enjoy the moment and you might learn something about yourself while your at it.

    P.s. I wish I could run 10 miles, and yet I’m still in good enough shape to hike 20 mile days in the Sierras. This guy should be fine.

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