How to solo hike? 3 Key Lessons for beginners to pros

Hey guys! Narelle here from TNH Outdoors.
Today I’m writing about what fuels my passion behind solo hiking and before I do – big shout out to all of my friends who will learn why I consistently reject their invitations to group hike. Sorry that I am about to open up a big can of worms, guys.
 So why am I talking about solo hiking? Well look, a friend asked me recently ‘what was up’ with all of my solo expeditions through the wilderness (let’s just say this stemmed from a snapchat I sent of me laughing manically while I ran across a very rocky mountain ridge) and why I would put myself in such danger of doing so alone. There are a lot of articles out there (I won’t name names, but some are good, some are bad) that touch on both the physical and psychological gains of being a solo hiker. If you enjoy a good solo hike like me, you will probably resonate with the reasons as to why I love solo hiking below.
1. Shutting off from the Social Media
Ask anyone who knows me: I am plugged in to the internet 24/7. As TNH’s Marketing Manager, I have to constantly be on top of trending articles, outdoor gear, news, our competitors, social media – the list goes on and on. I work for a wonderful company with staff all around the world and as such, work on a 24-hour roster to fit in with time frames (just ask anyone who’s had a 3am skype meeting with me) and I absolutely love it.
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So I guess personally, I find it very hard to detach myself from my phone, my laptop and the world wide web in general. Once phone and internet service dissipates and I’m stuck with nature, the peace and quiet is quite tranquil.
2. The Danger
This one is a bit naughty to post and I do not in any way, shape or form encourage this. However, I love the thrill of solo hiking. No one to help you if you get bitten by a snake (a real problem hiking the other day when I ran into one and had to get around it), fall and twist your ankle, get lost in the wilderness etc. That said, I am a pretty skilled hiker, knowing first aid and navigation. I also always let someone know my whereabouts and when I should be back from my hiking trip.
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3. The Fitness
There is two parts to this: first is the trail grading I do. I don’t really do anything lower than a 3 these days, and I try to find hikes that – at some point – include 3-point contact climbs (the amateur climber) or a very steep ascent. This is – understandably – not for everyone.
The second part is that that I generally like to run sections of the track. Call me slightly crazy but I do indulge in a little trail running, and I try and carry this through when I hike. It also means I’m going at a pace comfortable to me the entire time.
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Look – everyone has different ideas of what hiking entails, I mean – look at Lady Gaga.
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So whether you’re a solo hiker or not there’s bits to love on both ends.
Narelle

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