This post was most recently updated on December 20th, 2018
If you have spent any time on the various hiking/ backpacking forums or on the trail, you have undoubtedly heard the phrase Hike Your Own Hike. it is usually referenced when a person is having a difficult time conforming to the ideals of others in a group and someone offers up the advice that you just need to take care of yourself and hike your own hike.
This is incredibly sound advice, and to a certain extent all lovers of the outdoors should follow this mantra. As with anything though, there are some guidelines that should be followed. Most of these are common sense, but it seems these days, that common sense is becoming much less common.
- If you want to pack that unnecessarily heavy piece of equipment because it makes you feel more secure or safe…do it!
- If you want to take an extra zero day…do it!
- If you want to skip a zero day…do it!
- If you want to hike all by yourself…do it!
- If you want to enjoy your music/ podcast by wearing earphones…do it!
- If you want to be berate others for their choices…dont!
- If you want to ignore wilderness rules/ laws…dont!
- If you want to “share” your music with the rest of the trail with no concern for others wishes…don’t