Hey there! My name is Shelby, and I love to adventure (mainly hiking, backpacking, fishing, kayaking, and I recently picked up climbing and biking). I moved to Colorado 2.5 years ago solely for my love of the mountains and the outdoors. I do majority of my hiking/camping/backpacking alone (not really alone, I usually have my furry adventurous companion with me) because my friends are not interested in waking up at 4am to go on a 10 mile day hike or spending more nights in their tent than a bed. Their loss, right? However, there is so much I want to learn and experience, and while I love my alone time in the backcountry, I feel I could really benefit from having a mountain mentor to learn from their experiences. Does anyone in this community have any tips on finding someone like this? In the age of Covid it definitely seems to make it a bit more difficult. Thank you so much for your time in advance!
Welcome! What exactly are you looking for? Hiking and backpacking tips or mountaineering training? Someone to hike with or just info? I’m in SoCal and could help with info and tips.
Hey there! I'm looking for a little of everything honestly. I would love to get deeper into mountaineering training at some point but don't think I'm there yet. Would love to chat with you about backpacking info/tips!
Those 4am wake-up calls are a hard sell for a lot of folks! I haven't yet found a consistent hiking buddy/mountain mentor, but these are the things that I'm currently doing:
Best of luck finding the advice and company that you're looking for. It's definitely a challenge!
Thank you ChelsE, these are awesome tips! I like the mentality of being your own mentor through helping others and self-teaching while we look for mentors for ourselves. Its also hard to make new friends in the time of covid, so I appreciate your advice to "aggressively follow through" 😂 thank you so much for taking the time to reach out to me. Appreciate you and wishing you the best of luck as you look for one too!
Start on small trails and maybe you will meet someone out there. Ask people you know to go on simple hikes- maybe they will begin to love the outdoors. I am on instagram and here under the same name and willing to help out anyone! And if none of those ideas work, there's no shame in finding someone you admire and asking them for outdoor advice.
Seasoned mentor seeking mentees - and I will be in your general area June - mid-July.
I will explore the Pecos Wilderness near Santa Fe and Las Vegas New Mexico for about 3 weeks and then I will head into Colorado to climb the Buffalo Peaks and then Mount Sopris near Carbondale.
In answer to your main question, I have sought mentoring over the years and have found good mentorship rare. I have found some powerful mentors however. There doesn't seem to be a particular pathway to finding mentorship that has been successful for me. Seems hit and miss. Good luck.