The subject comes up from time to time and a recent post elsewhere got me to thinking it might be a good subject to cover some more. I have my own philosophy and would love to hear how others prepare for and execute solutions to sticky problems one may encounter when riding solo. For me a part of any memorable ADV type ride is pushing my personal boundaries in remote areas occasionally. Since I ride solo for my long ADV rides that inevitably means getting myself out of jams of my own making occasionally. Here are my thoughts, and tips. Would love to hear from others how they approach things too. 1) If tackling remote terrain solo use a bike that you can reasonably expect to manhandle and lift in awkward situations. That may mean having to take the time to unload it but make sure you can lift it one way or another. 2) Some mechanical aptitude and a bit of "MacGyver" goes a long way on the trail. Take the time to develop familiarity with the bike. Do you know where all your fuses are and what they do? Can you change/repair a tire on the trail? Do you know where key components are on the bike? 3) Carry basic tools and use them when you work on your bike in the garage. If you can't do some task with just your field tools ask yourself if you need to re-think what you are carrying. 4) Repair materials, replacement parts: Zipties, epoxy, duct tape, a bit of wire, etc can all come in handy. It's easy to go overboard with tools, parts, and supplies. As a general rule the more possible uses any one item may have the more valuable it is to have it. You have to draw the line somewhere. At some point the extra weight and bulk becomes the bigger liability. 5) When something bad happens you may only have a moment to take immediate action. For example: If you dump your bike in a water crossing some quick action may prevent additional troubles. On the other hand if you've dumped your bike on the ground or gotten stuck in sand or mud chances are acting in haste will burn energy needlessly, quite possibly be ineffective, and may make matters worse. In those cases take the time to think before acting. Energy is a precious commodity, do not waste it. I have had several instances over my trips that the best idea for getting out of a jam was not my first, or second one. Using BRAIN energy to ponder and mull over options beats jumping in and using muscle power to fail. 6) Have a pretty good idea of what you can and can't do and be honest with yourself. You don't have to be a fast rider, nor even especially talented. But you do need to be honest in your self assessment. Everyone is different. It's best to discover that when riding with friends, or at least locally. 7) When facing a challenge that lay ahead take a moment to consider odds of success versus cost of failure. It's one thing to dump a bike, quite another to launch one off a cliff. If failure means basically zero chance of self recovery or a very high chance of injury I will bail 100% of the time unless I think the odds of failure are basically zero as well. 8) I recommend carrying a GPS tracker of some sort. That's personal preference and I've never had to use mine but mine also makes a decent backup GPS so there is that. Choice is yours. Me? It would be my LAST choice to ever press that button (because then I would have to re-examine WTF I am doing) but if I found myself in that position I'd be glad I had it. 9) If you haven't, get a good book or two on remote survival. Yeah, that may seem extreme, but so is dying needlessly. 9) Last but not least - Carry more water than just enough. We can do without a lot of things for an extended period of time, water is not one of them. In summary (IMHO) If you are going to head out into remote terrain solo problems will arise that only you can address. Solving those problems can be hugely rewarding! If you're not that type of person make sure you keep those GPS tracker batteries charged... Thoughts? Always looking for ways to fine tune looking at things.