Finding Hiking Buddies
Not having friends to join you on adventures can have almost a crippling effect on your motivation to get outside and explore. It’s extremely important to surround yourself with a supportive group of people. But what do you do when none of your friends are interested in adventuring with you?
A couple of years ago, I found myself in this exact situation. My boyfriend got me into this sport, but can’t always run off on the weekends like I can and none of my friends were interested in hiking 14’ers and adventuring far from home. So I started going solo, which is scary at first, but after you get used to it, can be very rewarding. But that’s not what this article is about. Nothing beats having good company on your adventures. Someone to split the gas money with, sing along to the radio on the drive up, roast s'mores over a campfire and share life stories under the stars.
So how do you find hiking buddies? Luckily, this day in age, there is a great resource that you’re probably already using... social media!
There are numerous groups specifically dedicated to hiking, backpacking, snowboarding, camping, the Eastern Sierra’s, the JMT, Mt. Whitney, Glacier NP, you name it. Within these groups people share trail ideas, packing tips, gear tips, sell gear, announce if they have an extra permit to that hike you’ve been dreaming of doing, and looking for hiking buddies to join them on amazing trips! I’ve met rad groups of people through these groups and I’m so excited to be able to share more adventures with them!
A few of my favorite groups:
Girls Who Hike (they have different chapters based on your location)
Women Who Hike (also have location-specific chapters)
Ladies of the JMT
Hiking Our California
There are entire communities of people who post photos of their adventures. The point of social media is to be social! So reach out to these people and start chatting! You can find these people by looking through specific hashtags, who tagged specific brands, and who follows who.
Girls Who Hike
Women Who Hike
The Old Fashioned Way
And last but not least, you can meet people the old fashioned way, get outside and start chatting! I always meet rad people on the trail! Always! It’s super simple to do too.
Few talking pointers:
“Are you headed to X lake?”
“Did you make it? How was it?”
“Where are you coming from?”
“I see the helmet on your pack, are you going to scramble? Climb? Which peak?”
There’s a whole community of people who do what you do! You just need to get out there, find them and start hitting the trails together.