Who goes with you on your hikes with you Spud?
Depends. I do day hikes with my family from time to time, but on the long ones I go alone.
Yes. I am a Solo Backpacker.
Don't you get lonely?
Not really. I am comfortable in my own skin, and I am never alone.
Do you carry a gun?
No. Too heavy.
What happens if you get hurt?
I get hurt.
OMG! Aren't you afraid?
I told ya!
No. I have nothing to fear.
Let me explain.
There is a greater chance that I will get hurt, mugged, robbed, or killed in my everyday life than there is on the trail. There are more things that one could be afraid of in everyday life than there is in the wilderness. Car crashes, drunk drivers, crazy people, bath tubs, stairs, pit bulls with bad owners, bored teenagers, etc. You see these every day.
In the wilderness you only have Black Bears, poisonous snakes, Mountain Lions, (there are NO Mountain Lions in Virginia anymore), and the rare crazy person that is up to no good.
I have been backpacking solo for over 40 years. I have developed my own system of tools and supplies necessary to go it alone. I am experienced, I understand the risks, and I am prepared for whatever happens.
All backpackers carry what is commonly known as the "10 essentials". These are the 10 essential items that should get you through anything and everything. Many folks carry the "10 Essentials" every day of their life in their EDC, (Every Day Carry). However, I carry 11.
I call them the "10 + 1Essentials"
My "+1" is the most important thing I carry, and it gets me through anything and everything. It protects me in the wilderness, as well as my everyday life. It takes up no space in my pack. It weighs absolutely nothing. It is completely customizable for everyone, and most importantly it doesn't cost a thing. It is FREE!
What is it?
It is my FAITH in Jesus Christ.
My spiritual walk has led me to a place where I am not afraid. I trust that God is always with me, and will never allow anything to happen to me that I cannot bear.
This does not mean that I will always be safe from all harm. This does not mean I will not struggle at times. My choices will always be my choices, and being human, I screw it up all the time. However, I know that He walks beside me and carries me over the rough spots, even if I create the rough spots myself.
I am not a big Bible verse guy. You will note that I don't use a lot of Biblical reference in my commentaries. I never thought it was a good idea to pick and choose what the Bible has to say about things. I use the harmony of His Word to make my point and every now and again I will point you to a specific place that I feel speaks to that harmony.
The word "Fear" is used in the Bible, (KJV), 400 times in 385 verses. It is used in different ways to explain certain things. However the Bible is quite clear that God is with us and will protect us and that we should not fear. Here are just a few from the OT & NT that speak to that harmony.
... Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward. (Gen 15:1 KJV)
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. (Psa 23:4 KJV)
For I, Jehovah thy God, will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee. (Isa 41:13 KJV)
But Jesus, not heeding the word spoken, saith unto the ruler of the synagogue, Fear not, only believe. (Mar 5:36 KJV)
But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not: ye are of more value than many sparrows. (Luk 12:7 KJV)
Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
(Luk 12:32 KJV)
So there you have it in God's Word. There is nothing to fear if God is with you.
Yes, I am a Solo Backpacker, yet never truly alone.
Are you fearful?
Add "+1" to your pack.
It's free and doesn't weigh a thing.
Actually, it'll make your pack lighter.
One final thought to help you lighten your load..
I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."
(Php 4:13 KJV)