It is that time of year when trails call for footsteps and sights are to be seen. The standard rule of thumb is never hike alone. But, choosing a hiking partner is never easy. Emily Olsen, has four suggestions for what to look for when choosing a hiking partner.
1. Find a hiking partner who shares your expectations. A “great hike” means something different to everyone you ask. Whether you want to hike one or two miles along a bubbling stream to fish, or spend all day trekking up to an alpine pass to scope out wildflowers, hiking with someone who shares your expectations will start a hike on the right page.
2. Find a hiking partner whose fitness level matches your own. A hiking “partner” implies that both people will hike together. Hiking with someone who carries a pace much slower than your own could drain your patience, while hiking with someone who hikes faster and has more endurance could lead to an exhausting day on the trail, or even injuries from overuse and exertion.
3. Find a hiking partner you can trust. What if the weather turns south, you twist an ankle, or you miss your trail intersection? Hike with someone you can trust to make a good decision, and who respects your thoughts and instincts.
4. Find a hiking partner you enjoy spending time around. Let’s face it: trail time can last hours, and is often solitary. Regardless of the length of time, it’s more fun to hike with someone you can be in close proximity to for several hours – or days. Who can you chat easily with for hours, or say nothing at all, and thoroughly enjoy yourself?
Borrowed From – https://www.nationalforests.org/blog/hikingpartner?utm_source=Tree-mail&utm_campaign=d1fce1bcb3-Jantreemail&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_6f91e58cba-d1fce1bcb3-30580501