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What is the definition of "Solo backpacking?"

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Re: What is the definition of "Solo backpacking?"

Postby schmalz » Wed May 29, 2013 4:27 pm

KathyW wrote:
Wandering Daisy wrote:Another twist! This summer I am going to start hiking with our dog. Am I still "solo" if my "partner" is a dog?


I don't think you are solo when you are with a dog. It's different than being with another person, but it's not like being alone.


I agree with this. There is definitely a difference in the two experiences. Dogs are pretty much the perfect trail partners if you like to go solo. Completely silent but always there to offer companionship when needed.



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Re: What is the definition of "Solo backpacking?"

Postby sparky » Wed May 29, 2013 8:11 pm

Jimr wrote:The trip is planned for one person, executed by one person. When you pass the trail head sign, you're heading out alone. That's it.
Everything else is about why one goes solo, not the definition of solo.


My thoughts exactly Jimr! :thumbsup:

But, lately, 80% of the time, my agenda is too weird for anyone to want to participate.


This made me smile, and I have the same problem :paranoid:
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Re: What is the definition of "Solo backpacking?"

Postby SSSdave » Thu May 30, 2013 12:56 pm

Seems your question is about different styles. There are several general categories of backpacking styles. And likewise there are several styles of solo backpacking, meaning going into the backcountry alone without a group then staying overnights.

Even when I group backpack with those I am familiar with, for the most part we are all self-contained which allows greater flexibility and independence. Thus no communal meals, little if any equipment sharing, or sleeping arrangements. About the only gear we ever share is a rope and frying pan neither of which effect independence. And when I join a group of unfamiliar people for a backpacking trip, I prefer to get my own indedpendent wilderness permit, so I can come, stay, and go as I wish with an intent to join the group in most activities if such works out so.
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Re: What is the definition of "Solo backpacking?"

Postby artrock23 » Tue Jun 04, 2013 7:22 pm

Jimr wrote:The trip is planned for one person, executed by one person. When you pass the trail head sign, you're heading out alone. That's it.
Everything else is about why one goes solo, not the definition of solo.


Exactly! =D>
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Re: What is the definition of "Solo backpacking?"

Postby John Dittli » Sat Jun 15, 2013 12:22 pm

solo is:

When you've been having a conversation for several minutes (hours, days) before remembering no ones there... and your not really sure if it was in your head, or aloud.

Until that point you may be one person, but your not solo.... ;)
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Re: What is the definition of "Solo backpacking?"

Postby longri » Sun Jun 16, 2013 10:41 pm

John, that describes a lot of the homeless wandering around San Francisco...
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Re: What is the definition of "Solo backpacking?"

Postby John Dittli » Mon Jun 17, 2013 6:44 am

longri wrote:John, that describes a lot of the homeless wandering around San Francisco...


Goes to show, you can be solo anywhere!
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