I’ve probably added solo to a post discretion or two but mostly because I was known for group hikes and was just trying to differentiate the fact that instead of being a bunch of random folk with me I just met a bunch of random folk along the way.I know a lot of us have hiked solo and some hike solo almost exclusively. Most solo hikers I know enjoy the solitude, and ability to get away from it all.
Am I imagining a new thing where solo hiking is part of the challenge? A lot of FB posts say they did a single day, solo, presi/pemi/whatever, or my first solo Washington.
I guess for some it's conquering their fears, or just informational but some seem to be bragging about solo.
And yes, bragging is part of hiking and Im guilty. The common fun saying about vegans, applies to any list I've finished.
I have noticed more people adding it though and do think to some it’s a “look how badass I am”. Others I think are just trying to describe their trip. To me if “ I soloed…” is the the first line they are looking for the adulation, but if they mention they were “out there alone” later in the blurb I think it’s just a description of their experience.
The ones that constantly post speed and times and personal records and shirtless handstands on the same summit annoy me more. But that’s just me being a crotchety old man.