If you’ve read “Isn’t It Dangerous?” then you’ll know that the answer is yes, solo hiking and camping can be dangerous for anyone, male or female. Anything that could happen while hiking and camping with others could happen while hiking or camping solo, with the major difference being the obvious: there’s no one to help you if you get in trouble.
Like anything else, however, risks can be managed, and with the right preparations and precautions, solo camping and hiking can be safer than a lot of other activities (like, for example, this). Here are some rules I have developed for myself that make me (and my mother) feel better about my solo camping and hiking. Check back — this is, as always, a work in progress.
12. Lions, Tigers and Bears, Oh My: Know What Wildlife You Might Encounter
(c) Her Side of the Mountain, 2009.