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".
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    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.
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    Go out there. Do more. Be more. It's amazing what you can accomplish, when you just try.