Insane and poorly systematized rhythm of modern life can at one point drive into such a depression that everything will fly to hell. Plus, constant communication with fellow colleagues, constant fulfillment of the same duties and unrelenting burden of responsibility that it was unclear to you. They themselves would not have subscribed to this. Be that as it may, but there comes a time when every person feels the need for privacy, even for a few days or at least hours. The best solution in such an extreme situation would be to go on a single trip. Of course, if you have at least some idea of what you have to face.
- Positive moments and consequences
- 2 Difficulties to be prepared for
- 3Preparation for a single trip
- 3.1 Itinerary
- 3.2 Equipment
- 3.3 Water
- 3.4Clothes and shoes
Positive moments and consequences
No matter how much effort you spend, wandering through the woods, climbing mountains or crossing water streams, a single trip is, above all, rest. Physical fatigue will certainly be felt, but morally and psychologically it will be like a cleansing. In addition, there will be a chance to test their capabilities. And, it would not be desirable to descend to banalities, but unity with nature and feeling not the center of the Universe, also sometimes helps to rethink some life aspects.
Difficulties to be prepared for
This is not the reverse, negative side of a solo campaign. It’s just what you need to foresee, what you need to prepare for and what you must, even necessary, experience. Many who went on a solo trip to the forest for a few days, noted that physical difficulties are not as terrible as psychological ones.
Torn out even of his own free will from a familiar environment, a person may not immediately get used to the fact that there is no answer to his question. No one will advise and will not let out an inappropriate joke. Around there will be no human voices, which we practically do not notice in everyday life, nor other familiar sounds of civilization. Falling asleep on the first night will be rather difficult, no matter how tired you are. But this is not the worst. Loneliness for several days and the need to rely only on your pair of arms, a pair of legs and your head, can sometimes completely change your outlook on life. It is impossible to say that everyone returns from a solo campaign by another person, but this also happens.
Well, besides psychological, there are also physical difficulties. It is much easier to list them, and to cope with them too.
- Orientation on the ground.
- Constant load.
- Cooking food.
- Promotion over rough terrain, mountain climbing, forcing water obstacles.
- The intrusiveness of insects.
The list may not be complete, but this is the main thing that even an experienced tourist will have to face.
Preparing for a single trip
You can not go on a solo trip to the forest with the bay-floundering. On Friday evening, after work, decide to go and perform on Saturday. It will not lead to anything good, especially if you so spontaneously rushed into a single hike with an overnight stay. Even deciding to just walk through the forest for a few hours you need to prepare. And you should start by drawing up a route plan.
Going into an unfamiliar forest at random is stupid. It is better to carefully study the terrain on the map, estimate the approximate line of your path, taking into account the terrain, the presence of roads and trails, and the ability to replenish water supplies. On any tourist map these objects are marked without fail. And again: you can not go without telling your route and the approximate time of return to someone from relatives or friends. Especially if you plan a single trip to the taiga, or other difficult terrain.
The choice of your equipment will depend on which hiking route you have planned. And the first thing that enters it, if a night is planned, is a tent. It is better to single, since you hardly need a larger size, and it is absolutely unprofitable to carry extra weight. It is also necessary to choose the right type of tent, and it depends on the weather, the forecast of which is also necessary to study, and on those places where you go. Tourist tents are of three types:
- Alpine. It has high wind resistance and a reinforced frame, and therefore a significant mass.
- Middle mountain. Also well protected from wind and rain. Much easier.
- Plain. If you do not plan to climb high in the mountains, this option will be optimal. The rain in it is not terrible, but it is necessary to set up the tent so that the entrance is on the leeward side.
The next item will be a sleeping bag. When choosing it, special attention should be paid to the size and purpose. This refers to the seasonal identity of the product. Taking a winter sleeping bag on a single trip in August is a misunderstanding.
It is good to bring along a karemat. This is a special tourist rug, which is well protected from moisture and has insulating properties. It weighs quite a bit, but in a solo campaign probably will come in handy.
Well, then go the items that can be arranged in any order. The importance of this will not change:
- Map, with a paved route and compass.
- Knife. Optional fancy. The main thing that he was sharp and comfortable lay in his hand.
- Cooking pot. You can go for a day or two with a dry ration, but on a multi-day hike you need to eat hot food at least once a day.
- Matches or lighter. Better with a margin and packed in a sealed package.
- Gas-burner. This element can be replaced with tablets of dry alcohol, which can help to kindle a fire in wet weather.
- First aid kit with the necessary set of medicines and other medical devices.
No matter how clean the spring you find seems to be, it would not be superfluous to carry out an operation to disinfect the water. This is done with the help of special iodine tablets, which can be easily purchased at any tourist shop. The procedure is not important because some pathogenic microbes can be contained in the water. And because a modern person is used to drinking water that has already undergone some treatment and water with an excess of mineral substances can adversely affect the bowels.
Clothes and shoes
Let’s start with the feet. Shoes should be comfortable, raznoshennaya, with an over-high boot. It will not be superfluous to take shale with you – on a halt or in the camp they will allow the legs to rest.
Socks, too, must be taken with a small margin and it is desirable to change them daily.
Clothing should be lightweight, comfortable, and as waterproof as possible. The principle of choosing clothes is simple: we must remember that getting wet is much easier than then drying out quickly, and wet clothes are a chance to get sick and forget about comfortable tourism.
The choice of what you eat in a solo hike depends on you, but there are some recommendations. Products should be as nutritious, high-calorie as possible and at the same time as little as possible to weigh. Planning to cook on the fire – take dry noodles or cereals. Also suitable canned meat, jerky, crackers, raisins, nuts. In short, everything that does not greatly delay your backpack to the bottom, which can be quickly and effortlessly prepared, and that will help restore power spent on the daytime hiking.
Not everyone will venture on solo trips. But the one who decides will remember these few days forever. Alone with himself and with the most beautiful thing on our planet – with nature.