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Travelling Solo?


By Kelsey Dundon

I’m no lone wolf -- I’m happiest when I’ve got a calendar full of events and a house full of guests. Yet I find myself on a heli-hiking trip by myself.

Travelling Solo   Kelsey Dundon heli hiking

Why? Work. This trip to the Bugaboos isn’t pure elevation-gaining fun for me -- I’ve been sent on assignment. Which also means I’ve been sent alone. And the incredible thing is, I feel anything but. From the moment I piled into that helicopter it’s been nonstop “Where are you from? What do you do? Where have you been? Where are you going next?” There must be something in the alpine air that brings out the friendliness in people. And it certainly makes dinner chatter at the communal tables easy.

The beautiful thing about coming on this heli-hiking trip alone is that I can hike in silence when I want, chat with my group when I’m in the mood, challenge myself as much or as little as I like. It’s freedom to hike as I please (with a small group led by a knowledgeable guide, of course). And I love every minute of it.

I may not be a lone wolf, but I might just be a lone mountain goat.

Kelsey Dundon is the editor of and a contributor to


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