As I sit here and ponder yet another kitlist for an up and coming trip, something occured to me. Is the great outdoors best enjoyed on your own or with friends?
I have to admit that most of my hilltime is spent on my own, probably about 90% plus. Most of this is due to last minute opportunities to go walking/camping so is understandable. However, when I have the time to plan a trip or walk, I do find myself pondering whether or not to call upon others to join me. Sometimes the answer is yes but most often no.
Why is this and is it the preserve of male outdoor enthusiasts or does it occur across the gender divide?
One thing I thought of is that it gives me the time to ponder life in general and get lost in a half-waking reverie whilst walking. This would be unsociable if done in the company of others. Perhaps solitude is required to fully appreciate the nuances of the outdoor experience? Having said that, I do enjoy the company of others and believe that to wander the hills in solo perpetuity is not actually my bag. The trip I have coming up is in North Wales and will see me meeting up with some characters I havent seen in a while. I am looking forward to a bit of ribald humour and the chance to talk of inconsequential things whilst enjoying the great outdoors. A kind of great outdoor pub experience, but without the trappings of modern life or the denigrating feel that sometimes accompanies it.
Once more I will walk with others, but then they feel the same way as I do and so the trip is one I am looking forward to. There again, when do I not?