Solo MTB at our age?...any precautions we should take?
Enjoyed my 56'th birthday a few weeks ago, and have continued to ride my home trails the last few weeks (70km of back country singletrack) solo...always pack my cell, spare tube, pump, water, and tools...wear a helmet, and ride my age (read "as a mature adult...no more hucks, drops, bunny hops over 18").
Anyway...I was thinking last week of a couple of things that happened and wonder if anyone takes other precautions when riding solo
A few years ago I stumbled upon a hiker who had broken her leg (the bone had poked through) about 10km into the bush...she had been there for 4 hours before i found her, peddled to our OPP station who came back with a 4x4 and got her out. The police later told me that if I hadn't found her, she would not have survived the night (coyotes)
The second example was a friend who went into the bush deer hunting last year, and when he didn't return to camp, his group went looking for him,,,found him with the deer he shot and was dragging back to camp...he died alone of a heart attack only 4 months after his 60'th birthday
So...I usually ride our maze of trails on impulse, rarely repeat the same route, and mix the tight technical sections with the wider climbs and descents...if something serious were to happen, it would be difficult to give my location on the cell, let alone direct anyone looking for me.
I used to carry a GPS...perhaps i should start to use it again...any other suggestions?