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How To Avoid Seeming Creepy To Solo Women Hikers

Guys, we're sure your intentions are good. But the women you run into on the trail need to know that. Here's how to help solo female hikers feel safer.

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DO be friendly, but not aggressive. If a woman doesn’t seem interested in having a conversation with you, back off.

DON’T ask solo women where they’re headed or where they’re camping.

DON’T suggest that a woman hiking alone is unsafe.

DON’T use sexual innuendo.

DO give solo women space. Keep distance between your tents if you end up camping in the same area.

DO be extremely cautious about flirting. Don’t make her feel like she has to change her pace or otherwise compromise her hike to escape from you.