Tips from Solo Female Hikers!

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Hiking is an exciting hobby. Like the hikers say “Some risks are worth taking”. You learn a whole lot of new things on your every hiking quest. You’ll have a lot many experiences- pleasant, dangerous, mind-blowing, good, bad…but through it all, you’ll learn how to survive!
A lot of females hesitate taking up hiking as a hobby, even though they feel passionate about it. And yes, we do acknowledge their fears and security concerns, but where there’s a will, there’s a way! We have come up with a collection of tips from female solo hikers all around the world. Get to know this first-hand information from these hiking pros themselves!

April Sylva

Experience: 1500+ miles

  • Learn to read maps. It’s essential.
  • Use your brain. That’s the only thing that helps when you’ve run out of all options.

Sage Clegg

Experience: 9000+ miles solo.

  • Always carry a Runner’s Mace. It provides a good security cover.
  • A Spot Beacon is a must. It’s the best way to communicate or make distress calls.

Erin Saver

Experience: 8000+ miles

  • Equip yourself with a messenger device. DeLorme InReach, a two-way messenger, works well.
  • Read blogs written by female solo hikers. They help a lot.

Liz Thomas

Experience: 7500+ miles

  • Set up your camp a mile away from the road. Unforeseen things generally happen because people drive through in cars.
  • Keep away from posting your whereabouts on social media, no matter how tempting it is. It is however essential that a few trusted people know your location from time to time.

Cheryl Hadrych

Experience: 900+ miles

  • It is not necessary to keep conversing with someone if you don’t want to.

Some other important tips:

  • Plan your schedule systematically.
  • Make sure you are self-sufficient.
  • Research the trail properly.
  • Take along all the necessary gear.
  • If it’s bear habitat, learn how to use bear sprays and bear canisters.
  • Keep yourself physically fit. Increase your endurance and stamina.
  • Make a checklist. Pack well and pack light.
  • Don’t forget to take your first-aid kit along.
  • Instead of taking heavy books along, bring your Kindle.
  • Take along feel-good stuff like chocolate bars, hot cocoa to treat yourself.
  • Popular solo female hiker blogs that you can follow, to get detailed personal experiences are:
  1. Hiking Lady
  2. Bearfoot Theory
  3. Appalachian Trail Girl
  4. Dirtbag Darling
  5. Lady on a Rock
  6. Hiking for Her
  7. Hike like a woman
  8. Mountain Chicks
  9. Lady Hike
  10. Betty Mountain Girl

What are you thinking about? Go, conquer your fears and create memories for a lifetime!