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