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InvisibleJenny
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    #384010 - 09/02/01 04:39 PM (15 years, 3 months ago)

So this summer i was in colorado for 3.5 weeks backpacking is the south san juans with a group of kids my age for Outward Bound. It was tough as hell being deprived of so many luxuries that we're so used to, having to wake up fucking early as hell to kill yourself hiking all day and climbing 14,000+ peaks, but don't get me wrong i had a great time.

The toughest thing for all of us the whole trip was our solo. it was towards the end of our trip in the backcountry so we were all looking forward to spending 2.5 days by ourselves and not having to be around each other 24/7 nor do anything physical. Well the time came and our things were taken away all but a tarp and a sleeping bag and we were put in places far apart, with not even food for 2.5 days.

It was then during that 2.5 days that i think everyone realized they had never/seldom been without anything to entertain them such as electronics, food or even a book, because for most of us that time was torture. At night i layed there unable to sleep listening to coyotes and hearing elks trot past my tarp, and at some points hearing the rain and getting wet from it.

I sat. and thought, and swatted at the bugs, i thought like i'd never thought before, far away from everyone with NOTHING to do, but think. I soon became flooded with emotions and had to actually think about things i had pushed away in the back of my mind and left alone to not deal with, and i tell you it was the best/worst experiences for me. Time had never gone so slow in my life. It wouldve been different had i even been moving, but i didn't move and i got some personal issues dealt with, but shit its funny how in this day and age you are NEVER without something to be doing, and everything is so fast paced.

I recommend just trying to be alone with no distractions out in the wilderness for even an hour, i found it very spiritual and i think it helped me get some of my priorities straight. For me being out in the wilderness is a great healer/stabilizer for the mind, body, spirit.

anyone else had a "solo" experience similar to mine?



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Re: solo [Re: Jenny]
    #384110 - 09/02/01 07:51 PM (15 years, 3 months ago)

I cant tell you how much i would just love to do that

I love to getting away from modern living, even just to prove to myself that i dont really care about the products and luxuries that technology has provided us with.

People need to find ways of entertaining themselves wihout relying on hi tech gadgetry.
When i was in greece, i noticed that most people have nothing modern in their lives except for a car or motorcycle.
A lot of them grow their own food, raise animals just for themselves to survive. But they are still happy. They have such close family lives, and they stay up late sitting outside eating and drinking, and talking. No telivision, radio or anything.
And i admired them and felt ashamed to be a victim of modern life, and to be labelled an ignorant tourist.



and i couldn't awake from the nightmare that sucked me in and pulled me under
pulled me under
oh... that was so real


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Re: solo [Re: Jenny]
    #385410 - 09/04/01 12:03 PM (15 years, 3 months ago)

Sounds like an interesting trip you went on. I did a biking trip through the Colorado Rocky's in which I biked 50 miles a day for a week. Probably not as tough as what you did but it was still quite a challenge, especially coming up the pass's. It was a great feeling to fly down the other side of a mountain on a bike after slaving away for hours climbing it. I need to go hiking/camping again soon.

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Re: solo [Re: Jenny]
    #385411 - 09/04/01 12:03 PM (15 years, 3 months ago)

Sounds like an interesting trip you went on. I did a biking trip through the Colorado Rocky's in which I biked 50 miles a day for a week. Probably not as tough as what you did but it was still quite a challenge, especially coming up the pass's. It was a great feeling to fly down the other side of a mountain on a bike after slaving away for hours climbing it. I need to go hiking/camping again soon.

"I hate to say this, but this place is getting to me. I think I'm getting the Fear."


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Re: solo [Re: Jenny]
    #385472 - 09/04/01 01:57 PM (15 years, 3 months ago)

How do you get into something like that?



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Re: solo [Re: Floydian]
    #385494 - 09/04/01 02:35 PM (15 years, 3 months ago)

I'm also dying to go back hiking in colorado, but i'm in europe now so i might do some backpacking around here next summer. Yeah, i remember hiking up the passes with heavy packs on, i couldn't imagine biking up them, that must have been tough.

cxz-- www.outwardbound.com



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It is opening to or recieving the present moment, pleasant or unpleasant, just as it is,
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