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I told my sister today about plans I have to hike 10 miles for a day hike in NH.

She flipped out and was telling me it was too dangerous and that I could be murdered or whatever! I laughed it off but was thinking about it later.

Any women go on long hikes alone? So I can feel a little better?

Fri. Sep 29, 11:43pm

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I live in Colorado and when I hike I do see A LOT of women and men who go hiking by themselves. I do have to admit that I wouldn't go alone but I think it all depends on where you are planning to hike. Is it a designated trail? Do you know the area well? Are you an experience hiker? Do you know what to do if you run into a mountain lion/bear? I tend to think like your sister but like I said, I do see a lot of hikers out there by themselves.

Saturday, September 30, 2006, 12:13 AM

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I used to go "hillwalking" in Scotland, where it's normal to leave a note of your route with the innkeepers so that if you didn't return that night, they could send out search and rescue.

Aside from that, I think your sister watches too many scary movies and cop shows.

Saturday, September 30, 2006, 1:52 AM

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Why don't you try and get someone to go with you. Is this a trail alot of people take? How about a cell phone.

Saturday, September 30, 2006, 2:12 AM

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prepare for the worst and enjoy your hike. you will get no where worrying about what awful fate might befall you. as long as you are in an area that is populated and frequented by hikers, you may be WITH yourself, but there will be other hikers around. the biggest threat i try to prepare for when hiking on my own is if i fall, twist an ankle, or otherwise hurt myself. i carry a first aid kit (check expiration dates on the meds), and bring a flare and a flashlight. make sure you are familiar with the entire area you will be hiking around, in case you get lost or the trail is blocked. know where the surrounding roads are and bring a compass. you should have a map, too, of course. being prepared is the key to relaxing during the hike and enjoying yourself in nature. may i suggest the welch and dickey trails in waterville valley? beautiful scenery and somewhat challenging. been there many, many times with no problems.

Saturday, September 30, 2006, 8:49 AM

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You've all forgotten the most important thing to tell her about hiking by yourself, tell a friend or family member where you are going (in detail) and when you will be back. Cell phones are great, but you can often be out of range.

Saturday, September 30, 2006, 8:54 AM

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Admitedly I would be a little hesitant especially because 2 female hikers were recently killed while hiking in this area (Pac NW) and the killer hasn't been found yet. I would most definitely second the suggestion to check in with someone before and after and stick to your route and take a busier trail. The cell phone suggestion is also good - I always take mine and never expect to get reception but always have and I've taken it on some really back country trails. But yes, bad things can happen to anyone and to live your life in perpetual fear is no way to live.

BTW, a big dog is a terrific hiking companion and even if they would only lick an attacker to death they still give one pause ;-) Their loud barking can also be a deterrent to any threatening wildlife (I don't know NH, but out here we have bears and mountain lions) and they can get the attention of other hikers in the event that you are injured and need assistance. See if a friend has one that needs to burn off some energy :-)

Looking at fall colors on the east coast sounds gorgeous! Next year teh husband and I would like to take a trip (our first to the east coast) to do just that. Enjoy yourself and let us know how the day was!

Saturday, September 30, 2006, 12:58 PM

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I see plenty a people hiking alone ... more likely men than women. I have gone trail running alone for years and never worried at all ... until I tripped and fell a few months ago. I was not seriously injured but I did have to limp a long way out of the woods alone and it got me to thinking how bad it would have been if I had been really hurt. I've decided not to go it alone again. If I can't find someone to run or hike with me, I hook up with the local Sierra club or Mountain Club hikers.

Saturday, September 30, 2006, 1:12 PM

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I hike alone, and sometimes I hike with my daughter. I don't worry because you know what if I worry about everything then I would be worried to leave the house!!!!

Tips some of these were mentioned before but ones that I live by being a female hiker.

1) cell phone
2) tell my family where I am going AND when I expect to be back
3) small first aid kit
4) Minimum of 2 bottles of water 1 to drink along the way, 1 to have as a spare
5) A basic map of the area, (I have the ablity to read it.... kinda importan)
6) A light jacket no matter what time of year I go I always have a jacket

While hiking
7) be aware of other people hiking
8) know where the nearest Ranger areas are
9) pay attention to your trail
10) Have FUN!!!!

hope they help.... Enjoy your hikes!

Saturday, September 30, 2006, 11:29 PM

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Living in the Pacific Northwest, we recently had an incident a couple of months ago where a mom and her adult daughter were murdered at a trailhead just after they began their hike. The case is still unsolved.

It seems lilke there is always someone in the news who is missing in Olympic National Park or someplace else in the forests. If you DO intend to hike alone--bring a dog if you have one.
A previous poster listed a bunch of "must bring" items. Follow that list.
Leave a map of your route and when you will be back, with a friend or relative.
Watch out for bears and mountain lions and know what to do when confronted by either (bears--make youself look small and non-threatening. Mtn. Lions--make yourself look big and threatening).

Like one previous poster said--don't let fear keep you from enjoying life.....but be safe. We all care about you.

Enjoy your hike!

Saturday, September 30, 2006, 11:44 PM

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op here - Thanks everyone!

I am planning my hike for thursday! To the above poster - my sister referenced that murder when she was telling me not to go alone!

I'll be careful! My goal is to someday hike the AT alone. So I figure I should build up my confidence as an independent hiker.

Sunday, October 01, 2006, 10:34 AM

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