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Hi, I'm new to the site and new to backpacking. I really enjoy day-hiking, but I'd like to make the transition into backpacking. I have been reading and gearing-up (literally) and I just stumbled on this site. So, I thought I'd reach out for advice.
I've been gathering gear...pack, tent, sleeping bag, pad, etc. I've been reading reviews online and gradually acquiring. The additional reviews on this site are helpful.
The main thing for me is having the confidence to go out and do this on my own. I do hike alone, but usually wrap it up by nightfall. I don't know anyone who backpacks, nor anyone who is interested in trying it with me. So, realistically I know that if I want to do this, I might be doing it solo. Of course I've read this is generally not a good idea, but I've also read how much people enjoy the solitude of going solo.
I've been looking into some local guided backpacking trips (I live about an hour from Yosemite) so I can be with someone who can show me the ins and outs my first time out. Although that route is a bit pricey.
I'm also curious about safety since I might be alone. Things like whether or not I should hang food - since I've read that bears in Yosemite have figured out that trick, or if I should carry a bear container, and if I do, where do I put it when I sleep? The list goes on, I have a lot of questions. I stumbled on this site when searching for whether I should carry deodorant :) and found a quite long thread of suggestions on bathing. Very helpful. I was glad to read I'm not the only one with questions about something seemingly so obvious or mundane. I will continue to read the other topics and perhaps that will help.
So, any advice on how to get started and have the confidence to go out there as a solo woman would be great.