PASS

Wilder­ness is a strong glue, and it can turn strangers with a shared pas­sion into fast friends.

Backpacker - - SKILLS -

STRANGER HIK­ING 101 BE SAFE

Leave word with some­one at home about your new friend and where­abouts. First and last name are a good start.

CAST THE NET

Meetup groups, on­line fo­rums, and apps like Go­ci­ety can help you con­nect with other out­door en­thu­si­asts. Re­sults may vary.

ASK QUES­TIONS

Fig­ure out your part­ner’s ex­pe­ri­ence level. Make sure you have sim­i­lar goals for the trip.

FIND YOUR COM­FORT ZONE

Not ready to com­mit to a one- on- one? Test out the wa­ters with a new ac­quain­tance by in­clud­ing him or her in a day­hike or group out­ing.

DON’T BE SHY

Keep an open mind—you can learn a lot from a per­son even if he or she doesn’t be­come your new best friend.

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