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蒙大拿州天鹅山脉高山套餐(2017年)

独自背包是适合每个人的

It can feel overwhelming to go out into nature alone. That’s a good thing.

我在2014年开始了我的第一个独奏背包旅行。这不法录取说努力改变了我的生活过程。

这次旅行是 - 也许 - 在背包独奏的第一次射门矫枉过正。我完成了150英里,联合在蒙大拿州和怀俄明大陆鸿沟的多次旅行中。但我拨入了我的系统和荒野技巧,通过水疱动力,并在那里的过程中面临着恐惧。

In a world filled with noise, constant companionship, phones that never power down, and internet advice coming at us incessantly, here’s one more bit of advice I’d like to impart — turn it all off. Take a walk in the dirt.

This summer, go backpacking alone.

为什么单独背包?

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A very short pack trip in the Anaconda-Pintler wilderness. I walked in less than a mile to this spot (2019)

Why backpack alone? It’s a question worth pondering. It can seem scary and risky and, certainly, there are risks. It can seem lonely, and it can be that. And it can sound like it’s too much of a challenge. Well, it is and it isn’t.

I’d argue you this — if, for any reason, the idea of backpacking alone sparks the tiniest amount of excitement, then it’s for you. If dread or fear accompany excitement, then it’s still for you.

找出你能够孤独和户外的东西的福利世界。在迎接身体和精神的挑战中,你会出现一个不同的人。

It’s not about self-esteem or even self-confidence; it’s about resilience. Weather, physical exertion, wild critters, feeding oneself, sleeping away from civilization — these experiences encourage us to revisit what it means to be vulnerable, and human.

How to Backpack Alone: First Steps

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Packing alone in the Wind River Mountains (2014)

以前的背包体验肯定有用,但我想强调它不是必需的。背包也可以像你想做的那样困难或简单。

Initially, I made it very difficult. Time and miles forced me into a routine of simplicity that made things a很多more enjoyable. I am not easily foiled by my own stupidity. There’s a live-and-learn aspect to my outdoor life that I’m constantly figuring out after 7 years of adventures.

Anyway. The basics I bring are pretty simple. Here’s a summary of my current pack list and fave items. (编辑注意事项: This is what I have on hand and would pack with today.)

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我的包装在CDT上设置(2014)

This is simply the gear that I’ve come around to after years of heading outdoors and working in the industry’s gear side. My first backpacking tent was a $20 secondhand Walmart special. my firsttrekking polescame from Costco. Each lasted a few years.

Please don’t spend a couple of grand on your first setup. Figure out your budget, and then work within it.

如果可以借用装备,请咨询朋友。二手买东西. Figure out where you want to invest.

In my opinion, a good pair of shoes, a decent pack with hip and chest straps, a great sleeping pad, and a warm sleeping bag probably matter the most. All of these, sans the boots, can be bought secondhand for decent prices or borrowed from friends.

When Should You Go? Where? And for How Long?

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徒步旅行with my border collie in Idaho’s Sawtooth Wilderness (2016)

就个人而言,我喜欢在夏天蒙大拿州的背包。蚊子和尖锐的苍蝇已经死了,通常是一个光荣的伸展态延伸,山脉最热烈。夜晚并没有太冷。风暴滚过,但它们通常不粘在一起。这是一个甜蜜的地方,肯定。

Wherever you are, there is likely a prime time to be outside. Figure that out. Then, make a plan.

The length of your trip, in my opinion, should be more than one night. The first night outside is often the hardest. Critters move around at night. And they’re curious about you and your tent in their space.

It’s not out of bounds to think your imagination works overtime, and that the “bear” outside your tent is probably not a bear, but a rustling branch or a porcupine (or some other little creature) checking things out. After the first night, you’ll likely be tired for the second night.

I’ve heard and seen moose, black and grizzly bears, elk, deer, coyotes, foxes, marmots, pikas, birds, and many unknown footsteps and sniffers come through my camp. I’m OK. You’ll (most likely) be OK too. No risk, no reward. I’ll add that my bear spray and Garmin inReach Mini offer exceptional peace of mind. Highly recommend.

安全说明。显然,您将希望带来一种像急救箱和熊喷雾一样的安全物品。但是,如果在荒野中真正独自的想法让你紧张,请带来任何让你感到安全的东西。卫星设备或GPS保持联系。灯笼,舒适的毯子。一个袖珍刀。无论“我觉得准备好”的物品就适合你。

Who Backpacks Alone?

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徒步旅行solo in Glen Canyon Recreation Area (2018)

真的,如果你可以煮沸水并设置一个帐篷,你可以单独背包。

所以,无论你是谁,你是谁。你不需要成为背包的超额;你甚至不需要thatoutdoorsy.

Your body can be how it is. Your gender and personal identity don’t matter in the woods. Even your fitness level doesn’t have to be at peak form.

When you’re alone and walking, you’re the one who makes the call. Rest when you need to rest. Move when you need to move. Set realistic goals for yourself.

A 10-mile hike is fine and dandy for some of you, but even up to a 2-mile trip to a lake can be just as good for many of us. Sometimes, the shortest trips are the sweetest.

而且我保证 - 世界将收到你,一步一步,就像你一样。

Solo Backpacking: Final Thoughts

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View in the Sawtooths (2016)

徒步旅行alone, in turn, helped me receive myself.

As strange as that may sound, I was marred by anxiety for much of my life. Backpacking helped focus that anxiety in a new way.

What I realized was that the fear and anxiety I felt in the woods was my well-oiled instinctual survival response. It was my body’s clear way of telling me that I was in danger, and it was also its way of telling me that we — both my mind and my body — wanted to survive.

它也没有什么不同,我在日常努力中感受到的恐惧和焦虑。与我的灰熊的真正焦虑相比,堆积的电子邮件的焦虑严重沉闷。那个角度来看,虽然听起来很疯狂,脾气暴躁的心理健康效果越好。

I think the final point to walk toward in this effort is this —独自背包帮助我得到了我自己感觉的鸟瞰观点。

For me, the rewards have far outweighed the risks. Backpacking solo became a foundation on which I have laid my outdoor life and, these days, my career.

What I learned gave me the courage to tackle life in new ways, to relish what it means to be human, to advocate for who I know I’m capable of being. I now fish, hunt, and pack in ways that engage the outdoors far beyond a simple overnighter.

I count down the days until my next trip. My HOKAs and my ol’ pack await.

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