Top 10 Dangers of solo Female Hiking Backpacking Tips India
Solo Travelers has some great potential drawbacks which you should be keept in mind before stepping foot on the trail:
1)Loneliness – The mental drain of isolation is a huge drawback to solo hiking. Long distance trail hikers fail to finish because of injury, poor planning, but most often because of loneliness – the days with no one to talk with become long and boring. Honestly assessing how this will affect you and how you’ll deal with it is a crucial planning step. Will an electronic music player or book reader keep you sane? Do you enjoy being alone for days at a time already?
This is different than living in an apartment alone. On the trail, there’s no city noise, background traffic, or other white noise that lets you know you’re in civilization.
2)Heavy Heart – With someone else around, they can encourage and support you when you’re feeling down, tired, or grumpy. When it’s just you, a bad case of the blues might be enough to send you off the trail and back home. This is the bane of thru-hikers.
3)Heavy Load – No one will be around to carry part of the gear. It’s all on your shoulders. But, since there’s only one person, there should be very little extra gear. Your shelter, kitchen, water treatment, first aid kit, and navigation items could be split among multiple people, but the rest increases directly as the group size grows.
Real Dangers of solo travellers
Whether alone or not, there are real dangers of being in the wild. Being prepared to deal with these is your responsibility when heading out:
4)Getting Lost – With no one to check your map reading and direction finding, losing your way is the most common problem for solo hikers. Learn all about wilderness navigation and practice it often before setting out on your own.
Global Positioning Systems (GPS) are handy and efficient, but a map and compass should always be ready as a backup. Even with good navigation skills, nature can turn you around with wind, blizzards, fog, overgrown paths, and snow cover. Still the best thing to do when lost is S T O P – Stop Think Observe Plan.
Whatever you do, don’t expect your cellphone to save you.
5)Humans – Human attacks are a potential problem, especially for solo female hikers. The closer to populated areas you hike, the more probable you’ll encounter a weirdo. Be friendly but not outgoing to people you meet. Give an impression that your hiking partner should be along soon. Pepper spray might be something to take with you if you are concerned with strangers.
6)Animals – Animals may attack you in order to protect themselves, their young, or their food. Keep your eyes and ears open. Large animal attacks, such as bear, cougar, or wolf are extremely rare. If you hike in their habitat, take some time to educate yourself on their behavior and how you should handle yourself. Eating your meal on the trail a mile before you set up camp and then storing your smellable items securely solves most problems.You will more likely be bothered by insects, rodents, or an occasional snake. Insects bite, sting, and bother enough to make a hike completely miserable. Timing a hike to evade dusk and dawn, wearing appropriate clothing or netting, and using insect repellent will take care of most insects. Being careful not to disturb nests or hives is also a good idea.
You might come across a snake sunning in the trail. Keep your eyes and ears open. If you encounter one, give it a wide berth and wait for it to slither off the trail. If you get bit, use your first aid skills to treat the bite and get to medical help. Most probably, you will have problems with mice seeking out your food. They can quickly chew through your pack and cause a real mess. Store your food and pack securely to prevent this problem.
7)Natural Events – Wind, rain, snow, lightning, sun, flood, earthquake, falling rocks, falling trees, wildfire – a long list of natural events that can be annoyances or catastrophies. Knowing how to read the weather is an important skill. Having proper gear to protect from adverse weather makes sense. Make camp in safe areas – not on high places, open places, close to cliffs, under large limbs, or close to creeks.
There is little you can do about some natural events, such as earthquake, tsunami, or wildfire, but you can do some disaster preparedness.
8)Injuries – No matter how well you prepare nor how careful you are, an injury is always a real possibility in the wild. As long as you hike steadily on a well-groomed trail, the risk is minimal. But, rough terrain, water crossings, rock scrambling, cooking, and other risy tasks can result in stumbles and falls, burns, and cuts. Of course, an adequate first aid kit is an essential part of any hiking pack but the knowledge on how to use it and how to improvise other aid is even more essential. Before going solo, Wilderness First Aid training should be completed. You’ll be the only one around so you’ll need to know what to do and how to do it.
9)AMS– high altitude or Acute mountain sickness is caused by reduced air pressure and lower oxygen levels at high altitudes. The faster you climb your more likely you will get AMS. Some of the common example of AMS are headache,body pain,sleeping problems, Chest tightness & short breath. So to prevent from AMS just go slow as possible.
10)Read or Ask local– This is one of the basic problem people face when they get lost in the mountain or jungle because having half knowledge about the place is simply to have no knowledge. So when your trying to explore the place read about it talk to the locals and make marks on the trails your going.