Night Hike Alone: Plan the Adventure Safely
Going on a night hike by yourself?
While preparing excursions, you came across the question: How do I prepare for a safe night hike? Especially when I’m on my own?
These are the three most important factors to consider when planning:
- Choosing an appropriate route
- The right time
- The necessary tools
You can minimize risks and enjoy the experience by paying attention to these points.
Choosing a suitable route for a night hike alone.
If you’re planning a night hike, consider the following: Would you prefer a stroll in the dark? Or are you looking for a test? Do you have prior experience hiking in the dark?
It is critical to avoid as much rough terrain as possible. Natural tripping hazards are easy to overlook in the dark. There is a high risk of injury on stony paths that may lead down steep slopes!
Are you new to hiking in the dark? Then choose a nearby dirt road or another open terrain tour.
Solo forest tours are no problem if you keep a few things in mind:
If you are inexperienced, avoid venturing too far into the forest. Choose a route you’ve hiked several times during the day. A long hike deep into the woods can be an exciting experience for experienced night owls! But be careful not to lose your bearings!
Important information for nighttime forest hikes:
Many wild animals are active at night. You’ll be surprised at how lively the forest is at night.
Wild boar are usually not dangerous. They can, however, become aggressive after having new offspring. To be safe, inquire about the current situation with the responsible forestry office.
The best time to go on a night hike
The early bird gets the worm! This is also true for hiking. Early risers begin their tour early in the morning and are frequently rewarded with stunning sunrises! If you don’t want to get up that early, you can leave at dusk instead.
Are you afraid of becoming disoriented? To be safe, notify friends and family where and when you will be traveling.
A tip for anyone uncomfortable with being out and about alone in the dark is to choose a full moon night! Even without a flashlight, the moonlight creates a magical atmosphere, and visibility is good.
The proper equipment
Choosing the proper equipment is especially important for a night hike. It would be beneficial if you have the following items:
On particularly dark paths, this is required. Or to have your hands free, such as when looking for something in your backpack or preparing a snack.
Select a lamp with a red light function and a white light function. This is easy on the eyes and the batteries. Make sure your battery is fully charged before going on your tour. I recommend a lamp with a USB charging function and a power bank to prepare appropriately. As a result, you are doubly safe.
Make yourself visible! At night, especially in the forest, you may come across hunters. You should also wear conspicuous clothing to avoid being hit by hunters who mistake you for an animal. Hi-Vis vests, for example, are ideal in this situation. Reflectors can also be attached to your clothing or backpack.
GPS navigation and a hiking app
Make sure to bring some orientation aids! It is possible to become disoriented, especially at night. Be prepared and use hiking apps.
If you’re looking for a challenge, you can always use a map and compass. However, this should be practiced during the day first.
You now know better what to look for when planning your solo night tour! Have fun on your adventure!