I do a lot of solo backpacking because it can be difficult to find a good hiking partners and because dealing with their shuttle logistics can be extremely frustrating. However, even though I hike alone, I often camp with other backpackers who I've run across during the day or meet up with at a shelter. This makes solo backpacking incredibly fun in my opinion, because you are meeting new, very interesting people out of the blue, who share many of your core values about the outdoors and it's spiritual benefits.
But solo backpacking increases your risk level when you are in wilderness areas and you need to mitigate the consequences of hiking alone by taking some extra precautions in your trip preparation.
The most important of these is writing up a detailed trip plan and leaving it with a person who is expecting you back at a certain time. My trip plans include my expected mileage per day and where I expect to camp each evening. They also includes emergency numbers that can be called in case I'm overdue, like the state police or the local forest service.
In addition my trip plans include detailed lists of all of the gear, first aid supplies, and the caloric values of food that I will be carrying on a trip, and are a very useful tool for planning contingency scenarios such as cold, wet weather or running out of food, if I need to stay out an extra day.
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