WHY EVERYONE SHOULD BACKPACK SOLO
I used to live in Portland, Oregon, and have been camping and traveling around the Pacific Northwest for three years now. Its mountain ranges, the Pacific Coast Ranges (officially the Pacific Mountain System), and the Cascades are carpeted by boundless forests. I know a few of the lakes and rivers, but there are countless. Sparsely populated, the Pacific Northwest had been creating a call-of-the-wild effect on me.
The more I discovered the vast North American natural landscapes, the more I wanted to shed anything that didn’t strictly sustain my body and mind’s basic needs. How would I perceive the surrounding environment? How would I feel with minimal or no human interaction? were the questions constantly running through my head. Backpacking alone was the answer. It allowed me to have alone time, to discover foreign lands, and live frugally while enjoying physical effort and inner reflection.