[Cdt-l] hiking alone

Paul Magnanti pmags at yahoo.com
Thu Dec 2 12:41:34 CST 2010

Despite what best practices may be, I will continue to hike alone.

Being solo, every feeling, sight, smell, and sensation is much more intense.

I am focusing on the wilderness....not my companion(s) who may be with me.

When I make a pilgrimage into the wilderness, I sometimes need to do it alone.

I want to walk off trail where other people do not go. See that alpine lake 
nestled against the ridge and 

sparkling in the morning light.

Reckless? Perhaps.  But I have the knowledge, experience, and (most importantly) 
desire to be solo, to be immersed, to really experience
the wilderness.

"Only by going alone in silence can one truly get into the heart of the
wilderness. All other travel is mere dust and hotels and baggage and chatter.
–John Muir"

At times, I want to experience the wilderness with others. Share the mountains 
with Adrianna; sometimes with other friends.  Show that vista that means so much 
to me and share it with others.

But, I need to experience the wilderness solo at times.  And not have that 
immersion at times would be more reckless for me.

Paul "Mags" Magnanti
The true harvest of my life is intangible.... a little stardust 
caught, a portion of the rainbow I have clutched

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