Author Topic: I don't think I'm right for this.  (Read 2002 times)

fernman

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Re: I don't think I'm right for this.
« Reply #30 on: 22:54:14, 06/09/19 »
Thanks for all the kind words re. the anniversary, but I wasn't seeking congrats when I mentioned it, I was trying to counter what I put before it, about us both looking forward to being apart. Though thinking about it, perhaps that's how our marriage has survived this long!

gunwharfman

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« Reply #31 on: 19:03:04, 12/09/19 »
To Wandering Wanderer - I just wondered what happened to you in the end? Did you go home, or did you carry on with your walk?

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Re: I don't think I'm right for this.
« Reply #32 on: 22:08:24, 12/09/19 »
I guess it's just a case of whether or not you are happy in your own company. I like to socialise on multi day trips and often do even when going solo, however I also really like the solitude of being on ones own. However at the moment and for some time, my tent is only pitched for a short time, usually late in the evening until early morning during which time I am usually out for the count, so no time to feel lonely! :)

The Wondering Wanderer

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Re: I don't think I'm right for this.
« Reply #33 on: 09:37:29, 14/09/19 »
To Wandering Wanderer - I just wondered what happened to you in the end? Did you go home, or did you carry on with your walk?


I went home in the end.


As it happens it was a lucky thing I did. The BA pilot strikes affected my original return flight.


Also a couple of days after getting home the car went on the blink. I had help from my stepdad figuring out the problem. Help my wife wouldn't have asked for if I weren't here.


And my savings for the trip have been put towards a family holiday for next year.


I'm not willing to just give up on multiday hikes just yet. Just have to figure out how it's going to work best for me.


Thanks again everyone for all the suggestions. I'll figure it out one way or another.
I'm wondering about wandering and wonder where I might wander if I wander while I wonder.

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Re: I don't think I'm right for this.
« Reply #34 on: 10:19:45, 14/09/19 »

And my savings for the trip have been put towards a family holiday for next year.

I'm not willing to just give up on multiday hikes just yet. Just have to figure out how it's going to work best for me.

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BrionyB

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Re: I don't think I'm right for this.
« Reply #35 on: 12:56:23, 14/09/19 »
Sometimes it's absolutely the right thing to pack up and go home if you're having a miserable time (other times it can be worth sticking with it, of course, but I think you usually know deep down which it is). My husband and I once did so on a boating trip mid-week - turned out we were both hating it, being cooped up in a cramped space in horrible weather, but neither wanted to say so for fear of spoiling the other's holiday. Was a huge relief when one of us (can't remember which) finally said 'shall we just go home?'


On the other hand I once fell out with a friend when I abandoned her on a multi-day walk/camp because I was feeling ill and desperately wanted to be at home in my own bed. One of the nice things about going alone is that you can do as you please without upsetting anyone else.

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Re: I don't think I'm right for this.
« Reply #36 on: 09:54:54, 15/09/19 »
To Wondering Wanderer. Hope this helps. I've only just picked up this thread. I too am a predominantly solo walker/trekker. I rarely camp nowadays(at 73 I appreciate a LITTLE bit of luxury. Two years ago I did some of the TMB(hoping to return next year) and purposely booked in advance at refuges and gites. Walking solo does not mean being lonely and there are advantages. Being solo you can walk at YOUR pace. I find that trying to keep up with the rest of a group can be mentally as well as physically tiring. You can modify your route to suit YOURSELF without having to worry about what others are doing. I find that I invariably meet people along the way and often stop for a chat. This in itself is great; you can exchange all manner of information about the route ahead, the weather, refuges and other snippets. Then, when you arrive at a refuge, you meet more people and engage in social intercourse, sometimes with others you have met previously.
I know camping can be cheaper but as I think somebody else mentioned you can always camp near a refuge.
I am rather surprised that you said that your chosen site at Les Houches was closed. I too made my TMB attempt at the beginning of September and everything was still very much in full swing. Chamonix was bustling, as far as I know camp sites were open and the refuges were busy.
One of the things I enjoy about such treks is the camaradie and I say that as a confirmed solo trekker.
There is a handy gite in Les Houches - Gite Michel Fagot - which I used on my first night before embarking on the tour. It was still open on my return although I used a cheap hotel in Chamonix on my last night.
Happy walking ;D
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