“Hiking is the best workout! You can hike for three hours and not even realize you are working out. And, hiking alone lets me have some time to myself.” -Jamie Luner
Hiking by itself is considered as a relaxing and fun way to exercise while immersing yourself in nature. Through the hustle and bustle of everyday life, people often fail to appreciate the simple gifts nature offers which can be easily circumvented through hiking. In a metaphorical sense, hiking allows individuals to stop and smell the roses and just revel in the beauty of nature. If hiking is your exercise of choice, you are in luck as there are many weekend getaways near Manila perfect for this activity. However, while hiking with family and friends, but hiking by yourself can be daunting.
Though it gives you a chance for inner reflection and introspection, it can potentially be dangerous. In fact, being a lone hiker is often associated with precarious situations that it is not always feasible nor advised, particularly if you are a woman—no matter how experienced you are. However, if you are compelled to take a hiking excursion alone, pay heed to these safety tips to ensure you will not only have a fun hike but a safe one as well.
Here are the best tips for hiking alone:
1.) Know the area
Never hike in an unfamiliar area as not only would it be easy for you to get lost, but you have absolutely no idea what the natural environment is like. This leaves you vulnerable to poisonous plants or even wild animals in the area. The more familiar you are with an area, the less likely you are going to run into potentially harmful vegetation, you would know which paths to take and which roads to avoid. If you are about to embark on a hike in an unfamiliar area, bring some companions with you who are well-versed with the area than you are.
2.) Tell someone of your whereabouts
Even if you have your phone with you at all times, you cannot always guarantee that it would have network coverage during the duration of your hike. Apart from that, your phone is also susceptible to having its battery drained or the like. So, as a precaution, let a family or friend know where you are going to be and how you intend to get home. In the event that something untoward would occur, someone would know that you are missing and would know where to lead local authorities in finding you.
3.) Read the weather report
You cannot go hiking without having an idea of what the weather is like outside or on the trail you plan on taking. Remember, a simple perusal of the sky is not exactly reliable as the weather can be incredibly erratic. It can be sunny one moment, and in the next fifteen minutes, clouds would appear, and a sudden onslaught of rain might occur. Checking the weather is imperative before a hike as it prevents you from being soaked or getting stuck on a trail under a torrential train should the weather turn foul. Take note, once you have taken a trail, you might not have enough time to get back to your vehicle or shelter without getting soaked first.
4.) Choose a busy trail
Select a path that sees heavy foot traffic—especially if you are a novice at this activity. You will find that busy trails are far better maintained and a lot safer than those that do not have so many hikers or secluded ones. Additionally, taking these trails would mean that you will inevitably run into other hikers. Making it easy to ask for help should you find yourself in a snag or are lost. Apart from the help, this would be an excellent opportunity to meet new friends who share the same hobby as you do as well.