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    Question Solo camping concerns

    I'm heading out to Vail Colorado next month and plan to do some hiking and hanging. I can't get anyone in my group to participate, so I'm going alone. I have a few questions for you guys that hike in that area.

    1. Do I need to hang my food in a bear bag?
    2. Do I need to be concerned about any non-human predators?
    3. Is going alone a bad idea?

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    biggest concern is that your going from 2300 feet to 8000 feet. Plan your trip accordingly. Hanging food is always a good idea, even if to keep the racoons from getting into it.

    As far as going alone or with a group, that's something you will have to determine for yourself. Are you comfortable enough with your wilderness skills to accomplish a hike into the wild?
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    I presume the Rockies would be similar to up here in Alberta. So yes, bear bag. Possible other predators would be wolves and cougars, though they tend to stay away from people.

    Lots of people hike and camp alone. I have plans to take a Spot signaling device if I hike alone in the future. Increase the odds of getting help if something unplanned happens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dudorino View Post
    I'm heading out to Vail Colorado next month and plan to do some hiking and hanging. I can't get anyone in my group to participate, so I'm going alone. I have a few questions for you guys that hike in that area.

    1. Do I need to hang my food in a bear bag?
    2. Do I need to be concerned about any non-human predators?
    3. Is going alone a bad idea?

    What else am I missing here? Thanks
    1) I would hang my food.
    2) No...just act crazier. Stealth a bit out of sight is good.
    3) It is wonderful but does take a bit to get used to.
    Be confident and all is good. Go for a solo overnighter somewhere familiar before you go to prime yourself.
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    Here's a suggestion from my experience. Don't camp too close to a rushing river. I did that once. It masked all other sound. It had me freaked right out knowing something could approach and I wouldn't hear it. I spent the day looking over my shoulder. My imagination was playing tricks on me. I didn't see anything that was actually a concern.

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    And to add on to Shug's advice:

    4. Talk into a camera often.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dudorino View Post
    I'm heading out to Vail Colorado next month and plan to do some hiking and hanging. I can't get anyone in my group to participate, so I'm going alone. I have a few questions for you guys that hike in that area.

    1. Do I need to hang my food in a bear bag?
    2. Do I need to be concerned about any non-human predators?
    3. Is going alone a bad idea?

    What else am I missing here? Thanks
    1. Do I need to hang my food in a bear bag?
    Always a good idea.

    2. Do I need to be concerned about any non-human predators?
    NO, IMO the Colorado Mtns are extremely safe.

    3. Is going alone a bad idea?
    No, I do it all the time and most times prefer it.
    Last edited by OutandBack; 06-22-2011 at 22:30.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dudorino View Post
    I'm heading out to Vail Colorado next month and plan to do some hiking and hanging. I can't get anyone in my group to participate, so I'm going alone. I have a few questions for you guys that hike in that area.

    1. Do I need to hang my food in a bear bag?
    2. Do I need to be concerned about any non-human predators?
    3. Is going alone a bad idea?

    What else am I missing here? Thanks
    My two cents....

    1) Always hang food when in bear country, first, it's a fun way to past an hour trying to score that perfect hang and second.... I wouldn't want to have a trip cut short because I was lazy with food storage....

    2) My expereince in CO in NO.... you should be fine just practice clean camp principles when it comes to food and cooking...

    3) Going alone can be very liberating, you set the pace, you pick the route, you determine camp selection, etc....

    My only recommendation would be to leave a trip detail with someone and what they should do if you have not made contact by the predetermined time...

    OH... Most of all have fun and enjoy yourself....
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    Everything everyone else said but don't forget a book because without another person it can get a little boring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bgraybackpacker View Post
    Everything everyone else said but don't forget a book because without another person it can get a little boring.
    AMEN, Brother! Gotta have a book to pass the time until naptime!
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