I haven't been hiking by myself since my son was a newborn. It's been a looonnggg time. Too long. I used to do it much more frequently. Somewhere along the line, life got busy and then there's the safety issue when one's choices no longer impact just yourself. So it was with more than a little bit of pleasure that my wife practically kicked me out to go backpacking by myself. The weather forecast, however, was holding me back. I informed her that thunderstorms were likely and flash flooding isn't pleasant. Much of my time would be confined to the tent. Her retort, "then go find yourself between the four corners of your tent." Wise words. She knows me too well.