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Hiking alone - how to amuse yourself?
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Nick Gatel
(ngatel) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
Re: Re: Re: Hiking alone - how to amuse yourself? on 04/06/2011 09:44:32 MDT Print View


I do day hikes with my wife, but she will never do an overnight and sleep on the ground. Also, there are some hikes she is not that interested in, or would rather do something else so I go alone. But she loves to go camping in our tent trailer, so we do that a lot and usually do day
hikes from the campsite. When we are at home, she is less interested in hiking, and would rather go buy shoes :)

But we have a fantastic relationship and really spend a lot of time together. I do not try to get here interested in what I do. If she wants to participate, great. If not, that is okay too.

Piper S.
(sbhikes) - F

Locale: Santa Barbara (Name: Diane)
Re: Re: Re: Re: Hiking alone - how to amuse yourself? on 04/06/2011 14:20:26 MDT Print View

Thanks, Nick. He used to be interested but suddenly not anymore. I don't want to give up something I enjoy just to sit home on the couch watching stupid shows where they just get crap off the internet and make fun of it.

Michael Crosby
(djjmikie) - MLife

Locale: Ky
Re, Re, Re "Hiking alone - how to amuse yourself?" on 04/06/2011 14:57:31 MDT Print View

As someone who has been married for 21+ years, I understand how things change. My wife is a smart woman (marring me aside) and has bribed me to motivate me to do things that I am not interested to do with her. In your case, it seems TV is your competition. Just provide him with an I pad or the equivalent to be used in camp only. That way you get him to hike with you and he gets to watch his programs in camp. A friends wife bribed him by buying him a Harley so they would take trips together.
I also agree with Nick, time spent apart is good for a relationship and doing things you enjoy, without him, when he is not interested is a good thing.
That said, I also enjoy the time I spend alone and enjoy just following behind the little animals.

That is quite a good list.

Dan Frazer
(Frazer) - F

Locale: Sheridan, Wyoming
Re: Re: Hiking alone - how to amuse yourself? on 04/06/2011 20:23:29 MDT Print View

"Some of us call ourselves photographers. We can kill a day easily just wandering around camp and seeking out the wildlife or flowers. That's why they invented 32GB memory cards.


Bob, just be careful not to wander so far that you lose sight of the trail.. not that I have ever done that.


Edited by Frazer on 04/06/2011 20:23:59 MDT.

Einstein X
(EinsteinX) - F

Locale: The Netherlands
Re: Hiking alone - how to amuse yourself? on 04/06/2011 22:18:30 MDT Print View

My solo hiking days usually consist of nothing more then eat, sleep, hike and an hour of journal writing. Usually I do get lonely after a few days of hiking alone, but I'm lucky to life in Europe, so usually there's a mountain hut nearby, so spending a night in a hut gives me plenty of time to chat with other hikers or climbers and recharge my battery for some more solo hiking/camping days/nights.

Even though I'm going on 31, calling mom and tell her about my adventure also helps to cure loneliness for a while.


Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Re: Re: Hiking alone - how to amuse yourself? on 04/07/2011 00:14:20 MDT Print View

"Bob, just be careful not to wander so far that you lose sight of the trail.. not that I have ever done that."

I did that once right before sunset, in Nepal, around 16,000 feet elevation, without a flashlight. I had to feel my way back to camp using the backlight of a GPS receiver as my flashlight. I suspect that is the last time that I will pull that prank.


Matthew Marasco
(BabyMatty) - F

Locale: Western/Central PA, Adirondacks
re: on 04/07/2011 23:21:17 MDT Print View

Whenever I hike alone, I almost always have a nice fire at night. I also recently found a small speaker and have taken to listening to music while I do camp chores. This might clash with some people's idea of a "true wilderness experience", but I am one to embrace such technology and I find that it really enhances my experience.

joseph peterson
(sparky) - F

Locale: Southern California
Hiking alone - how to amuse yourself? on 04/12/2011 19:07:30 MDT Print View

I am easily entertained. I take an mp3 player, but I don't use it much, and it is usually while hiking. I always only use one ear bud, so I can listen to my surroundings still. I used to take books, but I would barely read them.

I am just content, hiking, doing camp shores, and sitting there just looking. I do swim some, take pictures but that is about it.

I love doing nothing.

Hk Newman
(hknewman) - MLife

Locale: Western US
RE: Hiking alone - how to amuse yourself on 04/12/2011 20:56:16 MDT Print View

If it's been a long day, a little booze and Benadryl for allergies, and I'm zonked. If the days are shorter and no one is around, I bring an iPod and notebook, take a look at the constellations on a clear night, maybe a financial magazine with some worksheets to work out some ideas without distraction once night falls. Haven't soloed in the winter so not sure what I'd do with really short days; usually hit the ski resorts and fireplaces Dec/Jan/Feb now.

Edited by hknewman on 04/12/2011 20:58:17 MDT.

Matthew Zion
(mzion) - F

Locale: Boulder, CO
Re: Hiking alone on 04/12/2011 23:15:25 MDT Print View

I like getting into heated ethical, political, and philosophical discussions with myself. Haha. But really...

Being out alone does tend to lead to long days of hiking but I typically always see someone on trail and I guess I'm 'that guy' that will stop anyone and talk to them for 10 min. Not a ton of interaction but it does break up the day some.

The Cossack
(thecossack) - F

Locale: sedona
amuse myself on 04/13/2011 22:05:50 MDT Print View

i amuse myself by listening to the wind in the leaves and the grasses and cupping my hands in the river and splashing my face four times and wandering looking for stones that no other human wanderer has ever known and remembereing that i am an animal too and then i laugh with the ravens and look for tracks in the mud and listen and....

Justin Nelson
(jnelson871) - MLife

Locale: CA Bay Area
Re: Hiking alone - how to amuse yourself? on 04/13/2011 22:35:46 MDT Print View

I find writing at the end of the day and during breaks can be great amusement. And who knows you might come up with the next great travel memoir :)

Ryan C
(radio_guy) - MLife

Locale: Alaska
Re: Hiking alone - how to amuse yourself? on 04/14/2011 21:25:44 MDT Print View

Talk to the animals. That sounds crazy but I do. Sometimes they even take interest as you may be the only or one of the very few humans they have ever seen. I was out on a little day hike today and thought a raccoon was gonna chase after me when I said "Hi Raccoon!" The thing probably had rabies or something.

Tom Kirchner
(ouzel) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest/Sierra
Re: Re: Hiking alone - how to amuse yourself? on 04/15/2011 16:47:02 MDT Print View

"I was out on a little day hike today and thought a raccoon was gonna chase after me when I said "Hi Raccoon!" The thing probably had rabies or something."

Nah. He just wanted to cop some of your grub. ;-)

Zachary Zrull
(zackcentury) - F

Locale: Great Lakes
gear designs on 04/15/2011 20:43:32 MDT Print View

Maybe it's just a winter thing, but I've been daydreaming MYOG designs for the past few months. I wonder if I'll have even better ideas on the trail this year? It can be helpful to document your trips and ideas for improvement, and this can be an "activity" when you're solo.

Steven Hanlon
(asciibaron) - F

Locale: Mid Atlantic
mostly solo on 04/18/2011 13:26:19 MDT Print View

since the majority of my trips are solo, i bring a very small ham radio with me - it receives more than just the ham bands and weights under 8 ounces. perfect companion once the sun has set and the fire starts to dim.

i also amuse myself by exploring the area around camp. walk a mile back to some cool thing that i pushed past to make sure i had time to setup camp or watch the birds soar over a valley from an outcropping.

i was once told intelligent people are never bored. man, i get bored all the time :)