Hey Mountain Chicks! Colorado ambassador Sarah here. I can’t tell you how many times people have reacted with shock and confusion when I say “Yes, I backpack/hike alone.” Usually, a response sounds something like “But aren’t you afraid?”, “What if something happens?”, “But we love you and don’t want to see you get hurt”. Really?!?! I mean, it’s 2017 and women are capable of far greater things than just backpacking alone and yes, “I love you too”.
I politely respond to them and say that I’ll be ok but for those that I know well, I usually end up asking the question “Would you have responded the same way if I was a man?” And that usually ends the debate as to whether or not I should be backpacking alone.
Because let’s face it ladies, we are fierce. We juggle work, play, family, and friends with grace and confidence. We can climb a mountain with a 60 lb pack on our backs and sleep soundly in the wilderness surrounded by creatures of the night and also rock out in high heels for 6 hours. But I also understand women’s hesitations when it comes to doing anything solo, let alone heading into the wilderness for days without another soul around. So I’ve come up with a few tips after years of backpacking alone myself.
Although that isn’t everything you’ll need to be able to successfully complete a solo backpacking trip, it’s a good start. See you out on the trails!