There are times when finding a partner or group to hike in the backcountry is difficult. Your interests may be slightly different from most of your friends’, or you may just have a smaller network of friends who share your interests.
However, there is no need to worry since there is no need to worry at all. In the present day, there are many ways to find other adventurers who share your interests. Find a hiking partner in no time by reviewing some of the suggestions in this list.
Look in the right spots.
Join hiking clubs that revolve around your interests, such as plant identification clubs, rock climbing clubs, birding clubs, wilderness medicine clubs, or trail rehabilitation clubs.
There are many hiking groups on meetup.com around the country; there is even an outdoor activity filter on the website.
You may wish to join a regional outdoor association in your area, such as the Appalachian Trail. Conservancy or the Outdoor Afro chapter of your local club.
You can invite your friends and followers for a hike via your personal social media network. The first time you meet in person, be sure to follow online safety rules and choose a trail with other people nearby.
You might think you don’t have many outdoorsy friends, but you might be surprised. Try joining a hiking group on Facebook, such as Backpacking & Hiking Enthusiasts or Ultralight Backpacking, if your friends don’t hike.
Travelling with a Friend from Home
My personal opinion is that I do not like the idea of ‘bring a friend’. If you have ever lived with friends and discovered you had shithousemates and then they found out that they had a petty, schism-causing housemate problem, you know what I mean?
Although it is the dream to take your homemates along on the adventure, a dream can quickly turn into a lucid nightmare.
Whether you travel alone or with a friend, you’ll discover the joy of freedom when you’re out there. The freedom of the road and the freedom of being away from home.
A trip affords you the opportunity to shed the perceptions of those closest to you about who you really are. With yourself, in brand new and unprecedented scenarios, you can grow, develop, and learn about yourself. It’s like sneaking alcohol into an AA meeting if you bring a friend from home.
Join the “Hikers & Backpackers” Slack community.
In addition to being used for internal business communications, Slack is increasingly used for public communities and interest groups. There are different channels for different regions in Hikers & Backpackers’ Slack community.
If you’re looking for new places to hike, gear, or other backcountry topics, you can chat with others in your area.
You can find a hiking partner in a variety of ways, as you can see. In addition to finding hiking buddies online, you can also do so offline.
Hiking partners can be found everywhere, including forums and online groups, as well as real-life meetups during volunteering and outdoor courses.