>>674803 both. i go for woodswalks for a couple-few hours often, but a few times a year i'll do an overnighter by mahself. it used to be spoopy but now i'm used to it, except occasionally something will freak me out
>>674810 i always had a hatchet with me until a couple years ago when i had bear trouble. so i went-out and bought bear spray and keep it near me, even in bed. it's pepper and rather viscious so it works on everything, including hillbillies
>>674811 i go /out/ with friends about 2/3 of the time, the other 1/3 of the time i reserve for myself. you should do the same anon!
I don't know about innawoods, but I certainly do a lot of campground camping alone. It's up in the mountains about 45 minutes from the city, and 15-20 minutes from a small mountain community of only a hundred or so. It's been walk-up reservation only for the last 6 months or so, and the last time I went I was the only one there... so, pretty alone I guess?
>>674820 >>674821 >>674824 now this is something i've never done. alone in the woods i can handle, but i'd feel weird in a campground. mostly because i'm an asspee i guess. looks nice though. and good on ye with the stanley cooker! i, like many other anons, have the same one
I'd love to actually get out there deep innawoods, but to reach actual woodland national forest it's about a 2 hour 30 minute drive north, and requires a different gear set which I simply can't afford for a while. Once I get this raise that's coming and maybe pay my car off I can start investing properly into the correct gear, but for now I'll take what I can get.
>>674785 I have an introverted personality. I teach special ed and have a wife and two kids at home. I go /out/ alone, mostly to a wildlife refuge that's about a half hour from my house, fairly regularly. I overnight alone about once every month or two. I need the reset time.
>>674785 Used to do multi-week treks with a friend, now I only pack out alone, our last trip together was for three weeks in Glacier, he brought a iPod and a satellite phone, to call his mom every night, the rule has always been, no electronics, none, ever
>>674826 the worst is when you go with friends and there is some asshole next to your site with an ultralight tent sleeping in a SOL bivvy and batoning wood. Just please don't be that guy. That's fine if you're out testing yourself alone in the woods but it's not necessary in a car site.
I solo camp rarely now but probably will do more now that many of my friends have moved away. It's weird the first couple of times but you get to enjoying the quiet. Once in a while I've done it in regular campgrounds and you sort of feel alone in a crowd. It's nice to not have to babysit friends though. I had one friend who I used to go out to remote sites to fish with and he was so reliable we had everything down to a science. He was probably the reason I started frequenting /out/. Just so I could keep up. He moved though so probably gonna be going solo this year again.
>>674815 >bear spray Does this stuff really work on animals? Say a bear is charging at you, and you spray the thing in his general direction. Would he stop and turn around, or would he get even more pissed?
>>678853 It actually works surprisingly well. Used it once on a dude who came at me with a knife (don't camp anywhere in Arkansas that's near a town) and it stopped him real good. Not sure about using it on a literal bear though, I'd think it might slow it down
>>678853 >>678918 Bears have very vulnerable senses. A cloud of bear spray will make them flinch and run the other way immediately. Never exhaust your whole cannister. If a bear is determined to ear your flesh or peg you in the wilderness it may come back to stalk you during your retreat. From everything that's been written and documented and everything I've seen, bears are repelled by the stuff as if they think it's life threatening
>>674785 I tend to hunt alone a lot, as I got older friends left/were too busy, and I had more free time than most. I'll ice fish/spear alone as well, unless I bring the pup with. Girlfriend comes with when she can.
As a North London city boy who has never gone /out/ before but has no /out/ friends , would it be too risky for me to grab my tent and just go chill in forest somewhere up north like Scotland on a whim? Will I die? Is it scary?
Almost always. I go /out/ with my dad once a year or so. Once I met up with an internet friend to hike some of the AT. 'Twas an alright experience, but I find that the emotions I get from being totally isolated can't be reproduced with company.
I'll probably sound stupid explaining it, but just being with nature, without responsibilities, social rules, goals, etc and doing nothing but being is really special.
One time at uni I went night hiking alone and heard coyotes howling. I know I'm not good coyote food, but after dark that was pretty scary. With that exception, I'm generally just content, unarmed and without bear spray.
As pictured, no humans within ~30 miles in any direction.
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