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Re: Can women safely camp alone on a 14er?

Postby scalba123 » Fri Aug 17, 2012 6:50 am

susanjoypaul wrote:Most def... and if you really want to ruffle some feathers, hike with a gun, a dog, a bible, and Paul Ryan. And don't forget to poop on the summit!

If you get any flack, just blame it all on Bill.


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Re: Can women safely camp alone on a 14er?

Postby Leigh » Fri Aug 17, 2012 6:57 am

Stereotype wrote: So, I almost feel inclined to avoid trails with a lot of hikers.


I used to feel this way, but now I almost feel the opposite after many dayhikes alone. If you see people here and there all day long, I find it reassuring. However, if you haven't seen anyone for two days and along comes one person, that makes me a little jittery. I guess in my paranoid state, I think of having people around as "safety in numbers"

Also, definitely start small and work your way up to a long trip or you won't get any sleep. And bear spray isn't a bad idea!

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Re: Can women safely camp alone on a 14er?

Postby Brian C » Fri Aug 17, 2012 7:08 am

Just out of curiosity, has there ever been an instance where a hiker saved themselves from another human with a gun in the modern world (in the wilderness)? I guess hiking around with a gun on your hip could likely deter would-be attackers but it seems like it could also deter would-be nice folks from wanting to talk to you. I don't know the statistics, but it seems like walking around on a CO trail is safer than a lot of other places you could be and the only realistic thing you might ever need to defend yourself against would be black bear, maybe a lion, or the boogie men you create inside your head. I'd say if you're worried about it and it makes you feel better, carry bear spray. You'll almost be guaranteed to never have to use it and it'll give you some peace of mind while being much cheaper than a handgun (and you don't have to worry about shooting yourself).
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Re: Can women safely camp alone on a 14er?

Postby scalba123 » Fri Aug 17, 2012 7:08 am

anna wrote:
scalba123 wrote:Just get yourself a man. You know a woman's life is empty without one. [I'm blaming Bill for this post.]


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Re: Can women safely camp alone on a 14er?

Postby susanjoypaul » Fri Aug 17, 2012 7:21 am

scalba123 wrote:Just get yourself a man. You know a woman's life is empty without one. [I'm blaming Bill for this post.]

If you opt for the "man solution," try to get a small one with a strong back. That way, he can double as a pack animal *and* tent-warmer, and won't take up too much space. :D

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Re: Can women safely camp alone on a 14er?

Postby kansas » Fri Aug 17, 2012 7:26 am

susanjoypaul wrote:
scalba123 wrote:Just get yourself a man. You know a woman's life is empty without one. [I'm blaming Bill for this post.]

If you opt for the "man solution," try to get a small one with a strong back. That way, he can double as a pack animal *and* tent-warmer, and won't take up too much space. :D

Hey, as long as the laundry is done and dinner is ready when I get home, it's a fair trade.

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Re: Can women safely camp alone on a 14er?

Postby kansas » Fri Aug 17, 2012 7:28 am

anna wrote:
susanjoypaul wrote:If you opt for the "man solution," try to get a small one with a strong back. That way, he can double as a pack animal *and* tent-warmer, and won't take up too much space.


Sage advice duly noted. I'll put that on the application. Perhaps located to "knows how to operate the toilet lid appropriately".


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Re: Can women safely camp alone on a 14er?

Postby Dex » Fri Aug 17, 2012 8:00 am

I think if a person is going to carry a gun they should also carry pepper spray - it is good to have options.

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Re: Can women safely camp alone on a 14er?

Postby Jim Davies » Fri Aug 17, 2012 8:13 am

Carry an ice axe. Unlike a gun or pepper spray, it might actually protect you from harm someday.

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Re: Can women safely camp alone on a 14er?

Postby BillMiddlebrook » Fri Aug 17, 2012 8:15 am

scalba123 wrote:
susanjoypaul wrote:Most def... and if you really want to ruffle some feathers, hike with a gun, a dog, a bible, and Paul Ryan. And don't forget to poop on the summit!

If you get any flack, just blame it all on Bill.


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Re: Can women safely camp alone on a 14er?

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Re: Can women safely camp alone on a 14er?

Postby gdthomas » Fri Aug 17, 2012 9:03 am

iquack08 makes a good point. If you have no experience hiking/backcountry camping alone, go with other people until you feel comfortable and confident, then venture out on your own. You can then decide whether or not carrying a gun is prudent. As Jim Davies said, the elements should be a bigger concern than a hook handed, blood sucking, escaped convict.

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