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[ft-l] Hiking for Loners?

My experience of hiking alone is that the only hazard is loneliness.  I did
find, however,  that I was pretty good company for myself.  There is less to
fear out on the trail  than in many of our cities.

Kenneth Smith, backpacker since 1968.

----- Original Message -----
From: "roland" <r2rosel@gte.net>
To: <ft-l@mailman.backcountry.net>
Sent: Monday, November 11, 2002 7:16 PM
Subject: [ft-l] Hiking for Loners?

> Hello again.
>     Does anyone have any thoughts on hiking alone? I went for my first
> backpacking trip last summer on the Lost Coast and then part of the PCT,
> everyone was wonderfully helpful to my friend and I (we got turned around
> couple times). But are there any horror stories? Worst-case scenarios? Is
> hiking alone really high risk? Does anyone hike with mace? or anything
> serious? Thanks again
> regards,
>     roland the inquisitive
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