What’s your best piece of advice for avoiding cabin fever when camping alone?
Having a tidy tent would be the first step in avoiding cabin fever. A place for my sleeping bag, clothing and where I set my stove. The other part of tent life is that the confinement is a respite from the wildness outside. The immensity of the location pulls us in and requires us to tune into the environment. Once you’re bundled up and comfortable you can relax from a mental standpoint.
Have you ever done anything totally unexpected to avoid feeling alone when on an expedition?
My most extreme time of being alone was on a climb in Antarctica. The weather was keeping me tent bound. This was before e-readers and I had just one book. If recollection serves me, I read it twice. The other silly thing is being able to sing. If I were to sing for friends, they’d "social distance" for their own sanity. When all alone, I can ad-lib silliness to my heart's content.
What’s your favourite thing you have the freedom to do when setting up camp alone (that you wouldn't have otherwise!)?
Tent life with partners is about personal boundaries and compromise. How one enjoys a cup of soup might be offensive to a tent mate. Or should one "break wind" the resulting methane could be the basis for disagreement. When I'm alone, it’s my thoughts that keep me entertained. I'll revisit memories that bring happiness. If I see things that create a smile, a squirrel jumping from tree to tree, I bring those to the front. It’s always good to remember that you might not always be able to change the situation, yet you can always change your outlook. Think happy, be happy.