Your best friends can make even the longest hikes feel shorter. Photo: Brandon Scherzberg
Your best friends can make even the longest hikes feel shorter. Photo: Courtesy of Brandon Scherzberg

There’s something to be said about heading out in the wilderness alone, but we prefer to do it with a friend — someone who isn’t embarrassed to pee in the woods, who laughs at our jokes and who’s willing to split the bill at the end of the trip. We’ve compiled this list of 10 reasons why getting after it with your bestie is way, way better than going solo.

You can split the bill

Between the groceries, the beer, the campsite, the gear rentals and the fuel bill, travelling can be expensive. Having someone to split the costs with lessens the blow to your bank account and banishes all those typical financial excuses you have for staying home on the weekends.

And, because you’re best friends, you won’t feel guilty asking them to pay up at the end of the trip. Even if they avoid you for, like, a week (you know who you are).

And you can split the weight

Instead of being forced to pack, organize and carry all of the gear you’ll need yourself, you can divvy up the list (and the weight) with your friend. If you carry the climbing rope, she’s in charge of all the water. Instant win-win.

It’s safer to buddy up

Anyone traumatized by watching James Franco cut his arm off in 127 Hours knows it’s always safer to explore the outdoors with a friend. From scuba diving to bouldering, almost every sport you can do outside requires doubling up.

Even if your BFF can’t always join you for some outdoor antics, you can still text him to let him know your plans and ETA — that way, when you don’t show up for a Sunday night movie, at least someone knows you aren’t just way deep in a Netflix binge

You’ll have a witness for all your crazy stories

Recapping your day over the campfire is much better when you can do it with friends. Photo: courtesy Johnie Gall.
Recapping your day over the campfire is much better when you can do it with friends. Photo: Johnie Gall

Killer whale surfboard? You launched your kiteboard from a moving train? What’s the point of having a crazy story if no one believes you?Your best friend can vouch for all your tall tales and proudest achievements, earning you both some serious bragging rights. And for all those times things don’t go as planned …

They’re your ride to the emergency room

An ambulance and rescue crew can take a long time to reach you when you’re stranded in the middle of nowhere. Having someone to drive you to the hospital when things go south can be the difference between a quick recovery and a pretty dire situation.

You always have a wingman

Having your best friend around is having a built-in safety system. Photo: Johnie Gall.
Having your best friend around is having a built-in safety system. Photo: Johnie Gall

If you prefer paddling for a left than swiping right when looking for a date, your BFF is like an instant wingman.While you’re always prepared with a good line at the bar, approaching someone when you’re wiggling into a wetsuit is a whole different story. Your BFF can give you the confidence you need to get over the fact that you’re shirtless and wearing Crocs — and just ask her out.

They help pass the time

Being in your own head for 12 km of laborious hiking is much less fun than playing word games or gossiping with your best friend. It’s a chance to catch up, dream big and talk about how everyone you know is getting married and having babies. Even the longest hike feels shorter when you’re with a friend.

You don’t have to use your Selfie Stick

Having a friend along for your outdoor antics means you have someone to record all the action. While self-timers, tripods and GoPro cameras do a solid job when you’re on your own, having a friend behind the lens means you’ll have some footage of yourself, too.

They can probably teach you something

There’s a good chance your BFF has a skill set different from your own. If she’s a better mountain biker than you are, you won’t feel weird about asking her for some tips on tackling a technical section of trail. It’s like signing up for a one-on-one clinic without the hefty price tag or uncomfortable silence.

Everything is more fun with a friend

Going it alone can be a clarifying experience, but without someone to share it with, it's not nearly as fun. Photo: Johnie Gall.
Going it alone can be a clarifying experience, but without someone to share it with, it’s not nearly as fun. Photo: Johnie Gall

Hiking solo can be a clarifying experience, but it’s never quite as much fun as cracking open a cold one with your best friend after a long day outdoors. Your best friend won’t judge you for your shortcomings.You always have someone to laugh with over a flat tire or limited toilet paper. Having a close friend around can give you the confidence you need to push yourself, but you won’t feel bad when you just want to quit. And, best of all, sharing the experience of a beautiful summit view or a close call on the mountain bike track will give you and your BFF something to reminisce about for years to come.