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Solo hikers ?

PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2020 9:21 pm
by Greigmartinwalk
Hi everyone i hope you’s are all keeping well and safe :D
Was just wondering if there was any solo hikers out there who would want to meet up for some Munro’s in the coming months covid depending ?

Re: Solo hikers ?

PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2020 9:38 pm
by brother52
Where are you based? If you are intending to car share then an idea of your location. Also your approximate age and fitness level as you want to team up with someone of similar speed. I am fine going up but currently have knee problems going back down that I am investigating solutions for. I was up Ben Nevis a week ago and suffered terribly on the way down, so I think I might be better to remain solo. That way I am not slowing anyone else down. Every Munro I have done is solo, each to there own, but I prefer that since I can just de stress and go at whatever pace I feel like.

Re: Solo hikers ?

PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2020 11:46 pm
by Caberfeidh
My tolerance for idiots is at an all-time low, so I prefer to go solo. It saves getting blood stains on my nice oilskins and sou'wester. Perhaps you should change the title of this post to "Gregarious Hikers". :shock:

Re: Solo hikers ?

PostPosted: Wed Oct 21, 2020 8:06 am
by CharlesT
Caberfeidh wrote:My tolerance for idiots is at an all-time low, so I prefer to go solo. It saves getting blood stains on my nice oilskins and sou'wester. Perhaps you should change the title of this post to "Gregarious Hikers". :shock:

Me too! I can get into enough arguments with myself without having someone else to provoke me. :roll:

Re: Solo hikers ?

PostPosted: Wed Oct 21, 2020 10:32 am
by RocksRock
@Charles T, @Caberfeidh :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: me too! even at the best of times, which these are not!

Re: Solo hikers ?

PostPosted: Wed Oct 21, 2020 12:40 pm
by Caberfeidh
CharlesT wrote:
Caberfeidh wrote:My tolerance for idiots is at an all-time low, so I prefer to go solo. It saves getting blood stains on my nice oilskins and sou'wester. Perhaps you should change the title of this post to "Gregarious Hikers". :shock:

Me too! I can get into enough arguments with myself without having someone else to provoke me. :roll:


I am currently in quarantine, stuck in a hotel room in Kuala Lumpur, all by myself, listening to my internal monologue incessantly, for two weeks! :shock: :shock: :shock:

Re: Solo hikers ?

PostPosted: Wed Oct 21, 2020 7:05 pm
by Walkinmyfootsteps
I always think ‘what if’ when hiking solo but I do tend to do most of my Munros solo albeit with a four legged companion.
The more remote ones I certainly would be thinking of teaming up with other fellow solo hikers if I can’t persuade any of my mates to join me.
It cuts down the risk factor. None of those planned for the winter but next year....

Re: Solo hikers ?

PostPosted: Thu Oct 22, 2020 6:41 am
by Caberfeidh
Walkinmyfootsteps wrote:It cuts down the risk factor.


I disagree. I find that teaming up with others increases the stupidity factor, we end up deferring to the least informed, least experienced and the most lacking in knowledge or experience, and thus end up having a hard time of it. I would rather go at my own pace, I know my own abilities and limitations, and I will not be led astray by mongs insisting that they know better. :shock:

Re: Solo hikers ?

PostPosted: Thu Oct 22, 2020 7:36 am
by Border Reiver
Caberfeidh wrote:
Walkinmyfootsteps wrote:It cuts down the risk factor.


I disagree. I find that teaming up with others increases the stupidity factor, we end up deferring to the least informed, least experienced and the most lacking in knowledge or experience, and thus end up having a hard time of it. I would rather go at my own pace, I know my own abilities and limitations, and I will not be led astray by mongs insisting that they know better. :shock:

Totally agree. I've walked in groups before and haven't been happy with self-appointed "leaders" telling me to go this way. go that way, pick up the pace etc. I've done 90% of my walks solo, making my own decisions on safety, navigation and even when to quit, and that's how I like it.

Re: Solo hikers ?

PostPosted: Thu Oct 22, 2020 8:21 am
by CharlesT
Caberfeidh wrote:
Walkinmyfootsteps wrote:It cuts down the risk factor.


I disagree. I find that teaming up with others increases the stupidity factor, we end up deferring to the least informed, least experienced and the most lacking in knowledge or experience, and thus end up having a hard time of it. I would rather go at my own pace, I know my own abilities and limitations, and I will not be led astray by mongs insisting that they know better. :shock:

Yet again, you've hit the nail firmly on the head. I know my strengths and weaknesses and can act accordingly. I have no desire to exercise them in the often implicitly critical presence of others, more so as it appears to me it is often those least qualified to do so who wish to proffer advice. I'll go my own way and accept the consequences.

Re: Solo hikers ?

PostPosted: Thu Oct 22, 2020 1:45 pm
by al78
The advantage of hiking/backpacking alone is that if the weather takes a turn for the worst, I can easily choose to retreat, rather than risk getting into an argument with others who want to carry on regardless.

Re: Solo hikers ?

PostPosted: Thu Oct 22, 2020 2:09 pm
by Marty_JG
Look to the positives, to the best-of-both-worlds. Hike IN with a group, kill them all, loot their corpses, solo-hike out.

That way you'll have had everything needed for an enjoyable day out in the countryside: company, solitude, homicide.

Re: Solo hikers ?

PostPosted: Thu Oct 22, 2020 2:37 pm
by CharlesT
Marty_JG wrote:Look to the positives, to the best-of-both-worlds. Hike IN with a group, kill them all, loot their corpses, solo-hike out.

That way you'll have had everything needed for an enjoyable day out in the countryside: company, solitude, homicide.

You should team up with Caberfeidh, he with the bone saw and a Skye man's lust for barbarity. :shock:

Re: Solo hikers ?

PostPosted: Thu Oct 22, 2020 2:51 pm
by Glengavel
Marty_JG wrote:Look to the positives, to the best-of-both-worlds. Hike IN with a group, kill them all, loot their corpses, solo-hike out.

That way you'll have had everything needed for an enjoyable day out in the countryside: company, solitude, homicide.


When out walking with Lady G we often have a running joke of commenting on other walkers being murderers or serial killers. Maybe it's not such a joke after all :shock:

Re: Solo hikers ?

PostPosted: Thu Oct 22, 2020 3:14 pm
by DavidShepherd
Greigmartinwalk wrote:Hi everyone i hope you’s are all keeping well and safe :D
Was just wondering if there was any solo hikers out there who would want to meet up for some Munro’s in the coming months covid depending ?


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