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Re: [at-l] Leaving the trail...alone...
On Sat, 7 Jun 1997, kahlena wrote:
> Hiya all..
> In reading the journals and talking to hikers I have found that there
> seem to be many people who just plain get lonely when they're on the
> trail and perhaps this is a major factor in their decision to leave.
> Although there are usually people about, one hiker shared the 'tedium
> of meeting new people all the time'. Now granted, I'm sure new people
> with new stories to tell can be an allure. But what about someone you
> know well enough that you can 'relax' with or someone you _know_ you
> can count on to support you emotionally when the trail starts to get you
> down? I think sharing the trail with someone would have to be a plus
> for me. I'm not talking walking in lock step, but definitely agreeing
> to camp together and spending most of the time together.
> For those couples on the list, and anyone else that traveled with a
> partner, do you think you would have made it if you had done it solo?
> I'm surprised that I'm writing this since I do almost all of my hiking
> without human companionship and like it that way. But everyday, I'm
> learning just how different a thru hike is from what I'm used to doing.
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I hiked 1300 miles (from Katahdin to Waynesboro) in 1993 by myself. While
I did hike with some people some of the time, most of it was by myself. I
did get lonely sometimes (I ended up buying a walkman in MD) but I also
liked being by myself and being self-sufficient. However, I am married
now and have been hiking with my wife for a year now. I have to say that
I enjoy hiking with her much more than by myself. I find that I take more
time with her around and we enjoy just being out there. When I go by
myself, which I do every now and again, I realize that I don't really stop
and enjoy the journey as much. I still love hiking and I would do it no
matter what my personal situation was. But I prefer hiking with my best
friend. In fact, we are off to do the rest of the Trail this summer! 700
miles or so left and we can't wait. FWIW,
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