After you’ve had some hiking experience with a group, you can push yourself to go hiking by yourself. Hiking solo has many benefits that you won’t get from hiking with others, and when you add the beauty of a breathtaking sunrise, you have an extra special experience.
Here are some of the benefits of going hiking solo:
1. All the Time to Self-Reflect
There’s constant chitter-chatter when you go hiking in a group. Sure, you have interesting conversations, but you’re never really alone with your thoughts.
Going on a solo hike gives you ample me-time. You get to ponder over your life and self-reflect. What’s going well? Are you happy with the way things are? Can you change things around, so you’re happier?
Also, as we leave behind the stresses of our daily lives and immerse ourselves in nature, that annoying critical inner voice quietens. We’re better able to separate the negative thoughts that we’ve exaggerated in our head from reality, which gives us clarity about what’s going on in our lives.
2. It’s a Challenge
If you’ve never hiked by yourself then the first time is going to be a bit of a challenge. It’s natural to feel intimidated by the great outdoors, but the reward is worth it.
Once you overcome the fear of being by yourself in the woods (or wherever it is you’re hiking), you’ll get a boost of confidence. You’ll learn to trust your instincts and take more risks in the future.
If you plan to walk toward a vantage point from where you can see the sun, the mesmerizing views of the morning sky during sunrise are the perfect reward.
3. Walk At Your Own Pace
When you hike in a group, you have to walk at everyone else’s pace. A slow person holds everyone else back too, forcing you to adjust your speed. Hiking isn’t relaxing when you’re forced to walk at a pace that isn’t natural for you.
Hiking solo gives you the freedom to go as fast or as slow as you want, without worrying about anyone else.
Whether you like hiking by yourself or in a group, your experience will heavily depend on your backpack.
Light Hiking Gear offers a wide selection of backpacks that were designed based on scientific research. Our collection consists of lightweight daypacks, StrongLites, and UltraLites that minimize pressure on your shoulder, neck, and joints.
Check out our selection online and place your order.