"[I] ...welcome the excuse to stop, drink some water, and stare out at the scenery, unencumbered for a few seconds by having to watch out for rocks and roots where I am walking.
But as I'm doing this, it makes me dependent. On others.
Consider this scenario:
Narrow trail, I’m moving pretty fast.
I have just 2 minutes ago passed a slower-moving train of 6 or 8 hikers, whom I asked for a permission to pass, and have not yet built a sufficient distance in between us. I stop to take a sip, the train passes me, and then once I am moving again, I have to beg them again to let me pass through since they are obviously slower. As a result, we all get annoyed.
To avoid this, I can try to time my water stops better. Which means that I will have my sip of water not when I wanted it, but when “conditions permit”.
I find this stressful – and diametrically opposed to my reasons to hike.
Being independent is much nicer!