I politely respond to them and say that I’ll be okay 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!
Dani is the Founder of Mountain Chicks and the primary author of the Mtn Chicks Blog. Here you'll find outdoor tips, travel experiences, gear reviews and more.