Posts tagged fear
Quitter and Proud. On the Life-Saving Skill of Knowing When to Quit

I believe knowing when to stop, turn around, give up - is the most important skill any hiker or mountaineering can have. Writing into the culture of wrongly understood "motivation" can be deadly.

There is no shame in quitting. Anyone who says so has blood on their hands. As I already stated a few times, I find the ubiquitous "fitspiration" of "never give up" disgusting and dangerous.

But we are surrounded by the macho culture of winning, being the first to reach a “never before” place, be better than the other one, risking life to achieve some Big Goal.

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9 Sure Ways to Conquer Your Hiking Anxiety

A lot of women who would like to go hiking, don’t do it because of fear. Sometimes it’s even hard to identify what exactly it is that scares them off - it’s just the generalized fear of Nature, hiking or camping solo or the unknown.

There is this anecdote asking how can a person lift a huge rock? The answer is: by breaking it into much smaller pieces and lifting each one separately, step by step. Same is with fear: when it’s unidentified, generalized fear of an idea, it’s hard to do anything about it, it’s paralyzing. But when you are able to name the particular source of anxiety, there is a chance we can work around it or with it.

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Pros and Cons of Hiking Solo

What does it really mean that you are alone? 

Before you head off to your first solo adventure, it's worth going through some pros and cons. I love hiking solo and am a big supporter of the idea. But it's best to be prepared and know what you are getting yourself into. Below are various possible cons and pros - they don't work that way for all but read them all to see if hiking solo is for you!

In the typical case of "good and bad news" I start with the cons:

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15 Tips for Your First SOLO Camping Trip!

Why would I want to camp alone, somewhere in the wild?

I love hiking solo and I love camping by myself. Sometimes it might seem not that much of a fun, with all this extra gear to carry or when the weather is not perfect...

But I love it.

I feel proud when my tent is up, I cherish the moments I am nestled in my sleeping bag and read by the light of my headlamp. I love the instant I open the zippers in the morning and smell the fresh dew-filled air.

Wild camping brings me a sense of accomplishment, adventure and strengthens my self-confidence.

I hope I can inspire you to make the big step in your hiking career and go camping by yourself. It would be quite understandable if you had some anxiety around the issue.

What to bring? What kind of shelter should I buy or borrow? How to make a camp? Will I die?

Don’t worry! I will try to ease the anxiety with some helpful tips.

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