An Inexperienced Hiker's Guide for Survival

We're not all Cheryl Strayed, but we can sure try. Here's what I've learned so far...
  1. Bring a four legged companion.
    Slippery rocks, treacherous terrain. You've got a 50/50 chance of survival. But if you die out there - the least you can do is feed your hiking pal.
  2. Survival is in numbers.
    Find a relatively experienced hiking set - preferable a married couple. Subtly follow them. Pretend to be intently studying trees when they look back. These leaves.. Is that a pine... or maple tree? Nature is so cool. Ok - move.
  3. Tell one friend which mountain you're hiking and a rough estimate of when you'll be back.
    Set a cut off time for her to call the state police and assume all of your clothes and belongings from your apartment - you won't be needing them.
  4. Repeat after me. "I am not going to die."
    Repeat as necessary.
  5. "...I might die."
    This will pass. Or not. Either one.
  6. A wise woman once said, "the best possible thing you can do with your life, is to tackle the fucking shit out of it".
    Whatever miles you're putting in between what you're hiking away from or hiking towards, tackle on.🙏🏻
  7. You are capable of so much.
    Go out there. Do more. Be more. It's amazing what you can accomplish, when you just try.