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Maybe my first solo trip this weekend??
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Jennifer Mitol
(Jenmitol) - M

Locale: In my dreams....
Maybe my first solo trip this weekend?? on 06/10/2013 20:52:28 MDT Print View

I need some moral support!! A group of us were supposed to do a nice weekend hike this weekend, but now it seems to be rescheduled for next weekend. I've already taken Friday afternoon off, I have my new stratospire 1 in hand...

I'm thinking of an easy 21 mile hike that I've done countless times. It's familiar, relatively easy, somewhat crowded but not too much yet...

I've never camped alone. I've traveled alone numerous times, stayed in hotels alone, hell, I live alone. I've always been nervous for all the same, irrational reasons many of us are. CharlieDog will go with me.

Well...should I??????????

John Hillyer
(TrNameLucky) - MLife
go on 06/10/2013 20:57:46 MDT Print View

You absolutely positively should go. Have a great time!!!

Ken T.
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: All up in there
Re: Maybe my first solo trip this weekend?? on 06/10/2013 20:58:01 MDT Print View

Go. Your dog is with you=not alone. You're ready.

Jeff Sims
(jeffreytsims) - MLife

Locale: So. Cal
Go on 06/10/2013 21:00:52 MDT Print View

What a great opportunity to go out in an area that you know and are comfortable in, while still pushing your personal boundaries a little.

I say go , and have a ton of fun!!!

Manfred Kopisch
(Orienteering) - F
Go for it! on 06/10/2013 21:03:03 MDT Print View


just the fact that you threw this question out here shows in my opinion that you would like to do it. So go for it! Most of the time I prefer the company of my wife, our kids or good friends, but from time to time I enjoy a solo hike. It opens up new ways to hike - you have the ultimate flexibility to decide when to get up, when to hike, where to camp, when to take a break, etc. Solo hikes have their own beauty. Try it out and discover whether you enjoy it.


Kimberly Wersal
(kwersal) - MLife

Locale: Western Colorado
Re: Go for it! on 06/10/2013 21:45:54 MDT Print View

If you don't go, YOU'LL BE SORRY. You'll think: I chickened out.... You might find out that you really LIKE it. I mostly prefer to go with my husband, but I usually go a couple of times a year on my own, and really enjoy that. Sometimes my dog gets to come, sometimes not.

Gary Dunckel
(Zia-Grill-Guy) - MLife

Locale: Boulder
Go for it! Or, call Doug... on 06/10/2013 22:01:28 MDT Print View

Doug and his dog will fly into O'Hare and scoop you and your pooch up. PM him! No need for your dog to not have some canine company. And Doug isn't like that weird Brit video thing. He's a sensitive man of the new century, and he has 3 bikes!

But really, just go and do a solo thing, Jennifer. I expect it's a bit hard for a woman to think about doing that for the first time, but what a satisfying thing it is to do. You and your dog will both love it.

Andrew F
(andrew.f) - F - M

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Re: Solo on 06/10/2013 22:37:17 MDT Print View

You should go! There's always some anxiety getting out the door on solo trips but I am always really glad I went by the time I get to the trailhead.

Steven Paris
(saparisor) - M

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Yes, your first solo trip this weekend. on 06/10/2013 22:56:14 MDT Print View

I think a solo trip is a good time to add a few ounces back in with an audio book or long playlist or an actual book (no Tolstoy; this IS still BPL). Maybe not necessary if you are already used to the trail or are hiking big miles like on a thru hike, but at least for the first night of a trip.
For me, one occasional downside to going solo is feeling a little bored or lonely (having trouble deciding on the right word here) if I stop too early. Often the solitude is just what the doctor ordered, especially with a great view or interesting campsite, but it can have you spinning your mental wheels, too. Last year, I was on an overnighter in Mt. Rainier NP and the campsite I choose (based solely on distance from the TH) was in a deep forested valley. There wasn't anybody else there, it started raining and there wasn't anything to do or see once camp was set up and I explored the immediate surroundings. Having a little comfort or distraction is nice, even at the expense of weight or phone battery life. A little shot of whiskey would have gone a long way that night, too, but alas, I had none.

Don't forget to leave an itinerary (trails, vehicle info, where you are parking, etc) with someone.

Go for it, have fun and test out the shorts/wind pants/tights combo for the JMT!

Justin Baker
(justin_baker) - F

Locale: Santa Rosa, CA
Re: Maybe my first solo trip this weekend?? on 06/10/2013 23:28:46 MDT Print View

Do it!
Plan a trip where you are hiking/exploring all day. When it gets dark you can just fall asleep.
And you can share the experience with your dog.

Never do a solo trip in winter. It's terribly boring to have several hours of darkness to yourself in the evening.

Ian B.

Locale: PNW
Re: Maybe my first solo trip this weekend?? on 06/10/2013 23:30:58 MDT Print View

Absolutely. You could bring a book as a mental distraction.

Pete Staehling
(staehpj1) - F
Go on 06/11/2013 05:36:13 MDT Print View

Why on earth wouldn't you?

Dave -
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Up there
Re: Go on 06/11/2013 08:35:19 MDT Print View

Why on Earth are you asking complete strangers anonymously on a backpacking forum?

Morally speaking, of course.

Edited by FamilyGuy on 06/11/2013 08:38:30 MDT.

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: PNW
Re: Maybe my first solo trip this weekend?? on 06/11/2013 09:00:30 MDT Print View

Instead of asking us, you should be asking CharlieDog. He may not want to go backpacking with JUST you, have you thought about that?

As an aside - pooches are amazing, aren't they! I tried sleeping like my pup in my avatar, woke up with a wicked leg cramp! On the bright side, my toenails were all 'clipped' in the morning.....

Edited by idester on 06/11/2013 09:02:15 MDT.

Dena Kelley

Locale: Eagle River, Alaska
"Maybe my first solo trip this weekend??" on 06/11/2013 11:07:56 MDT Print View

I say do it. It sucks to be at the mercy of other people's schedules. This will free you, and also allow you to experience it in a different way. Just you, Charliedog and nature.

I have plans to do my own first solo this year, myself (with my dog, Mila). My DH isn't so cool with that idea, but I get tired of not having people to go with and therefore not going.

Ian B.

Locale: PNW
Acronym purgatory on 06/11/2013 11:15:28 MDT Print View

It took me the better part of 10 years to get all of the acronyms correct in the Army and I feel like I'm starting all over again.


dear husband
designated hitter
dead head

From another thread, apparently Kat is DLF which I can only assume is

Dedicated Lifer on Forum?

They really need to offer a class on "How to be hip" in the local community college so I can try to keep up.

Edited by IDBLOOM on 06/11/2013 11:16:01 MDT.

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: PNW
Re: Acronym purgatory on 06/11/2013 11:21:06 MDT Print View

Too funny. I was wondering the same thing. But that's where the Urban Dictionary comes in handy.

DH - dearest or darling husband (though I'd a thought it would be damn husband)

DLF - I'm assuming dear little friend, because the other two entries aren't all that nice.....

Maybe we can have an Urban Dictionary word of the day! Today's is Pringlelingus!

Edited by idester on 06/11/2013 11:22:53 MDT.

Sharon J.
(squark) - F

Locale: SF Bay area
Re: Re: Acronym purgatory on 06/11/2013 11:32:47 MDT Print View

I thought DLF was Down Low and Funky

Kat ....
(Kat_P) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Coast
Re: Re: Re: Acronym purgatory on 06/11/2013 11:44:33 MDT Print View

Keep guessing :)

Ian B.

Locale: PNW
Re: Re: Re: Re: Acronym purgatory on 06/11/2013 12:11:45 MDT Print View

Keep guessing :)"

Ok so this is becoming BPL's equivalent of Carly Simon's "You're so vain" mystery.

I propose the following: upon purchasing a Kat Hat and signing a gag order, she will send the customer the meaning of DLF.

For now, I will understand DLF to mean Datsun Lowrider Fan-club... Dairy Lactose Free... Dang Lazy Farmer.... (John) Denver Loony Fan.... Dartmouth Lawndarts Fundraiser...