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Hitting the trails on your own can be lots of fun.
I strongly advocate finding a friend to accompany you on a hike. This is especially true if you are a beginner or a senior.
In addition to being safer, if you pick the right partner s the hike will be more fun. Experiencing the adventure with someone of like interests, feeling safer in s, and having time for longer or deeper conversations than a text or short phone call are all benefits of having a friend with you on a hike. With compatible hiking partners, friendships deepen on a hike.
In other words, no time pressure, no timing goals, no summit fever, just OK with being outdoors with a friend. Really explore this, because if you sense they are just being polite and are held back on the trail, you are either not going to have fun or you will strain to keep up which is also not fun.
If you are the stronger hiker, you need to think about the same issues. Are you OK with strolling along, not getting the same level of exercise as your partner who is getting exercised even at their pace?
A compatible partner
It is a lot more polite to decline up front than to have a frustrating afternoon on the trail. Overcome mismatches in physical fitness by having partners with the same interests or even different interests that can be accommodated on the same hike.
Compatibility becomes exponentially more difficult as the of hikers in your group increases to 3 or more. Unless you know you are all in it for compatible reasons, I would avoid larger groups. There are exceptions to this: for example, if you are backpacking to a campsite, two could go on to start the setup while the other two arrive a bit later. An important general rule is to never leave another hiker completely alone unless they are skilled and self-sufficient.
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Even then, be sure you know how to reconnect—either at a prominent natural feature or at a point on a clear trail that does not disappear. If the trail is clear, you may have an understanding that the stronger hiker powers ahead for a distance and then stops until the other hiker catches up. In my own experiences where I am often the slowest hikerI prefer others to go ahead so I feel no pressure to keep up and they can hike at a speed that is comfortable for them.
This works out better for everyone, even if their stops are 5 minutes or more—they can explore a bit or take photos.
If you are leading a beginner or older hiker, understand that some people are too stubborn or proud to admit that they are out of energy. Keeping up with a stronger companion can make them sick. Check your partner for symptoms of heat stroke, fatigue, or dehydration.
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They may find something worrying or challenging which, to you, is totally second nature. Enjoy being the coach, the guide and the teacher with your own dedicated student. It is fun affording an experience to someone else who truly appreciates the opportunity you have given to them.
Be observant and decide when to take a break depending on their feelings and behavior, not yours. And make them feel comfortable that you are not doing them a favor; rather, you are enjoying the total experience even though you are not being physically challenged. Experiencing new trails with friends is an inspiring activity that improves your relationship. You get the chance to know each other better and learn and enjoy new things together. Like this: Like Loading Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by .