Yesterday I solo hiked Mt. Feathertop, Victoria’s second highest mountain located in the Alpine National Park.
I took the Bungalow Spur Track up from its base in Harrietville to Federation Hut and then back down the mountain ridge.
The journey was a 21km round trip that tested my mental state as well as my body. My legs are like jelly today. It was 100% worth it!
Although some advise against it, there are several reasons that I advocate hiking solo, and as long as you pack and prepare appropriately, it is perfectly safe to do so (just make sure someone knows where you are).
- Hiking or bushwalking presents a fantastic opportunity to immerse yourself in nature. If you are in a group, you will likely talk or distract each other from the beauty that surrounds you.
- Hiking solo allows you to test your limits and see what you are really capable of. It is empowering to know that you alone are responsible for your safety and wellbeing.
- Walking on your own for extended periods of time allows you to get inside your head and away from the many mundane tasks and distractions of everyday life.
- It is peaceful to be able to hear only your own footsteps and the sound of birds, the wind in the trees and the various species of wildlife going about their business.
Here are some photos that I took yesterday. Happy hiking everyone!