Been kayaking alone for years
Posted by: Okanagan on Nov-22-10 1:15 AM (EST)
and now I'm 64. I kayak the Fraser River in BC, fishing for salmon, as well as some coastal salt water and other lakes and rivers. I did a two day wilderness trip about six years ago alone, paddling in the moonlight below bright glaciers on the peaks above.
Several of my friends also think it that kayaking alone is too unsafe. I have a lot of years of water experience, paddling, skin diving in white water rivers and tidal currents, some surfing, and have a pretty good feel for going with what the water gives rather than fighting it.
Yet I may drown due to being alone and not having help, though hypothermia when disabled would be more likely. I also may get hit by lightning, or skid on an icy road under a fuel tanker truck tomorrow morning.
Weigh your abilities (honestly) vs the risk and make the call, for you. I don't recommend my risks to anyone else, but if I have to wait and go only when a companion can, the majority of my outdoor pursuits would not happen. I do not consider myself a thrill seeker nor do I need adrenaline highs: I just enjoy a lot of outdoor stuff that happens to have some built in risks.
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