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    @nordicbordn wrote:

    nick, you misinterpreted my posting.

    Nordic, the “you” in my other post wasn’t directed at you personally; it’s the theoretical, 2nd-person narrative “you”. My intended point is more along the lines of Barrows’s–being hesitant to recommend solo tours to anyone, especially on an internet forum.

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    Yes. I go solo often. It’s a personal choice, but I’m aware of the dangers and accept the consequences. Its an introvert thing, but nothing recharges my sole like some good alone time in the mountains.

    385 Posts

    I have some recent new thoughts on going solo… My view has definitely changed a little bit. I ride solo because its A) hard to find partners or b) it’s easier to not deal with partners. 🙂 I have stopped touring with a couple people for various reasons and I think this will always happen. Its hard to find someone that has the same mindset and skill level you might have. Fitness and dedication will also come into play. I HATE wasting time in the parking lot waiting. It’s easy for me to wake up and be on time. That’s before we even get on the hill to talk terrain options! So sometimes going solo is a great option but as mentioned here in Colorado it can be a pretty risky proposition to ride all but the most tame terrain which is usually so mellow it just doesn’t satisfy. I have had pretty good success going to my local spots and chatting people up in the parking lots to see if it where possible for me to do a lap or two with there group. You find out pretty quickly if they match your dynamic and interests. Sometimes people oppose that idea and that is ok too. I definitely think if your touring alone you need to back your game down ALOT for it to be safe. I think if you are riding solo a lot you need to cover your bases and try to be ready for any scenario that might leave you more alone than you wanted to be…

    overnight tools( fire, blanket, knife, ect.) in case you get stuck or break something (body or gear)
    a float type pack so IF you do set something off you have at least a shot of helping yourself
    some sort of gps locater type tool so you can be found if you don’t make it back to your safe place by your agreed upon time

    sometimes your partners can be a pain in the ass, they may change your goals for the day, they may slow your pace, but for the most part its good to have someone to share the stoke with and help have your back in case something where to go wrong. :twocents:

    709 Posts

    I never really liked going solo in any adventure….not as much fun than having a good bro to high five after a rad line. Plus, there’s too many things that could play out solo that would suck…like this scenario…what if a big girl/guy ripping a gnarly coolie whilst being radbro’d slipped on some radbro mank and open starfish tumbled and landed on my arm, and I had to chop it off with my crampon! That’d be rad…Bro!

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    Ale: I hear ya man, there are definately rewards to be gained from traveling solo in the mountains. There is also a long tradition of solo mountaineering because of this.
    It is interesting to note how where posters are from appears to have some bearing on whether or not, and how often, they may go solo into the backcountry. From a casual glance, we can see that folks in maritime regions are more apt to go solo, whereas folks like me, dealing with a continental snowpack, are much less likely to get out alone, at least in winter. Of course, this does make sense given the prevailing avy conditions with the different types of snowpacks.
    ‘TRIPPIN’, looking forward to seeing you in CO…

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    I will go solo but always try to scrounge up a partner first. And definitely tell my wife where I’m going and when I’ll be home. It’s definitely scaled back riding though. I truly enjoy the time alone in the mountains but also like to bro brah with my friends, ala SplitRippn–brah!

    I don’t know what you consider old, chrisami, but it’s usually the young unprepared and unfit newbies with bad gear that this over 40 old man has to wait for.

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    I ride solo alot. I can never move as fast as when i am out on my own. All that being said, i tend to keep it pretty mellow when i am solo. If you get slid you are toast. If you hurt yourself badly in the middle of nowhere you could be toast. If you tumble down some rocky chute and nobody is there to see you could be toast. So i tend to stick to highly traveled areas, popular skintracks, and i tend yo ride fun mellow terrain. Ill drop into something steep if its the right day and i have little concerns of avi danger…but most times its more about getting some excercise, moving my own pace, pushing myself to see how fast i can go without any distractions. Best part is, nobody is there to argue about what line to ride.

    385 Posts

    😆 😆 open starfish tumble 😆 😆 who would want to do that alone?

    709 Posts

    @Ecobrad wrote:

    I don’t know what you consider old, chrisami, but it’s usually the young unprepared and unfit newbies with bad gear that this over 40 old man has to wait for.

    I may be a middle of the pack splitter, but I’m not worried about keeping up and shredding hard and fast on the down…compared to “young Mr. butters worth not looking where the frigg I’m going..oh shit I’m top of a 50footer going to fast to stop about to each major shit and rag doll to garage sale in 3,2,1’s-Ville”

    I ride much faster and more “eye of the tiger” when I’m with friends…so for me going solo means I have to be more conservative…I like going fast and pushing my riding, so…solo isn’t my favorite.

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    @Ecobrad wrote:

    I don’t know what you consider old, chrisami, but it’s usually the young unprepared and unfit newbies with bad gear that this over 40 old man has to wait for.

    What about the old newbies? Age is relative and doesn’t mean much, it’s just an easy factor to call out. I just hit the big 4-0 myself. I live above 7000 feet and am fairly cardio fit so I can keep up with the young bucks in that regard. However I’ve only been splitting for a couple of years now so my skin track skillz aren’t great and my transitions are a bit slow.
    In the last few weeks I’ve gotten out on several tours with quite a few new partners. Age range probably early 30s to late 40s, variety of fitness and shred levels too. All these people have been great company and I’ve enjoyed every tour: longer harder days with more vert as well as the mellow 1000 foot lap before work type of tour.
    There was just one day recently where a partner was having trouble keeping up with a couple of fitter (younger too) peeps. I was kind of stuck in the middle and it gave me cause to start thinking more about touring groups, which of my partners are compatible with one another. I guess it’s a good problem to have, a network of many people of different types to ride with.

    Also, this:
    @SPLITRIPPIN wrote:

    …I like going fast and pushing my riding, so…solo isn’t my favorite.

    I’m looking to progress my riding, so I am always trying to get out with people who can put me on bigger terrain, people from whom I can learn. I guess I just have to be careful when mixing and matching groups.

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    288 Posts

    I like going solo mainly because I can pop a squat and drop a loaf whenever I want :drool:

    709 Posts

    Spic-ollee…your not foolin anyone…you’re out there shaving designs in your chode hair and posting them on instagram….SOLO :disco:

    yes…like a true A hole…I brought this thread to the level of a moron…A Wisconsin moron I may add…..olay beeches :doobie:

    288 Posts

    I’ve have hours of gopro footy of me “shaving designs into my chode hair” . I will post up a seasons collective at the end of the year if I am not to busy out riding solo. I am the new bob ross :disco:

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    Id guess I tour solo about 75 percent of the time for several reasons:

    1)I have a lot of spontaneous flexibility and time off of work during the cold months so its hard to plan outings around friends schedules. If I have a whole day off I don’t want to go on a 3 hour tour to fit someone else’s schedule. And If have to be at work at 10 Im gonna haul ass and most of my partners don’t want to keep up when they have no where to be.
    2) I like to slog around and explore some days with no guarantee of great riding. My partners don’t always share my appreciation of the sufferfest. I also afraid to invite people to go on these types of outings, for fear that they will not want to tour with me again for a while
    3)My partners all have passes. This is my first year being a free agent. On storm days they would rather ride the resort than have to break trail to get a few laps down a mellow slope.
    4) Adam Corolla has to many podcast to not be walking in silence for hours a day.
    5)Weak excuse, I know, but most days solo in the Central Wasatch you are not alone.
    6) Doing something solo is better than doing nothing solo. If I waiting for partners to do anything that was somewhat risky, I’d be fat and unfulfilled. I hike, wade rivers, scramble up mountains, backpack, ride my bike down state street at night, and drive across the country solo. I understand the risks involved. You gotta stay on your toes and keep your mind sharp to be ready to overcome any mishap. I like that responsibility.
    7)Im a future grumpy old man.

    I don’t limit myself to touring only with partners, but I absolutely recognize the exponential increase of safety with partners. There are times where a partner has told me what I was doing was risky and stupid and not for him, I could have gotten hurt. Its good to have another perspective on things.

    I ride conservatively when Im solo but Im also pretty conservative in my line choices when Im with friends. And I definitely enjoy riding with friends, discussing conditions, and shooting the shit. It certainly makes approaches seem shorter.

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    word SB- im the same way. dont like waiting around for people (before the mtn). dont like conforming to schedules other than my own. i guess im on my way to being a grumpy old man as well. the way i see it, youre only as safe as the least safe member of your group. someone who doesnt want to go solo for fear of poor decision making/ line selection, how do you function as a member of group? soft-spoken? follower? leader? i firmly believe solo travel to be no more dangerous than group.

    385 Posts

    nicely put SB

    58 Posts

    I go on solo (+dog) scouting missions all the time. Very very rarely do I ever ride anything solo. Obviously fear of being caught in a slide (even a small one) is a concern, but equally pivotal in my decision not to ride alone is the fear of getting hurt. When I tour alone I tend to explore new zones that require long skins, novel route finding, and often a good dose of Montana bushwhacking. A broken femur when your alone and 7 miles deep in a low traffic region is a death sentence. Highly doubt my dog is smart enough to pull a Lassie and save the day.

    I also see the argument against touring in “groups”, although I think 4 is the perfect number. If shit hits the fan, you want more than a group of 2. 3 is OK but with 4 you can split up into 2 groups which is often really nice. 5+ is too many for comfort in my opinion…I don’t need to be looking around constantly to make sure my partners aren’t being stupid- knowingly or not.

    58 Posts

    I think we can all agree from this thread that we are all faster than most of our partners…lets start an elite speed skinning split commune.

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    ^ I go in the bc to have fun. I am not in a hurry and not counting laps. I cherish the experience.

    I’d rather skin many hours for a single long run because that’s how I like it. And I like to take my time on top, even if it’s snowing or, as is sometimes the case here, raining 😆 I eat, look around, sometimes take a nap if it’s sunny, etc. If the young uns are hauling beer or margaritas I’ll enjoy some of these too. If by myself I’ll have some of whatever I brought – whiskey, rum, whatever.

    Laps at the resort – sure. In the bc – not so much. I’ll do laps in the bc if there’s great snow on a limited terrain, or if things are sketchy and I need to stay at a safe place


    Rico in AZ
    559 Posts

    Seems like a good time to bring back this oldie but goodie.
    Spot beacons:

    Just hope you have conciousness to hit the button.

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