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A five-and-a-half-week solo hike can be quite rewarding, as long as you can keep your sanity...

Illustration by Sam Island for Hemispheres

No one told me to pack light. You might say that’s an obvious point when you’re embarking on a 400-mile hike through Great Britain by yourself, lugging everything on your back. And yet, shortly after setting out on just such an adventure recently, I found myself engaged in a fraught, rucksack-related conversation with my boyfriend.

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