In the past I have hiked/backpacked alone for many years. Up until a year ago this July when I found an awesome partner willing to share the experience. Nevertheless, Cass, as joe pointed out you're one of the few, perhaps, really the many who share this experience. Really none like it in my opinion; you're on your own, basic backwoods skill inprove over time, and if your lucky, maybe a sixth sense.
But you really want to know the truth, by yourself or with a partner to cover your backside, mishaps/disasters can occur. It is how well you prep yourself with gear, your knowlege of the gear, knowlege of the outdoors, mental strength, physical shape, experiences.....ect.
Short story! Then I'll be gone. June 4th-9th my partner and I backpacked into the "Canyon". The focus was Clear Creek. Week in advance I talked to friend who hiked it, I got on line; reviewed the park site and HAZ, followed up by visiting the NOAA site for the weather. Hot! Well when it's all said and done, when the day comes and we discussed it after the park ranger told us the high out Phantom Ranch was a 109 degrees, my partner and I decided to hit the trail at three in the morning and put as many miles of trail under our boot treads. It paid off. I will say though toward the end of this portion of the hike we were exposed in the open to the sun, our breaks were dictated by what shade we found, but man, by the time we hit Clear Clear well before noon, we were still fresh and spent the rest of the day in heaven! Naturally, I had planned to spend the next day there as well, we were in no hurry to leave.
My point is prepping is important and when we hit Clear Creek Trail I thought it would be a bit harsh. It was a piece of cake.
Well, must go, don't mean to bore folks. Congrat's cass and remember, use your head and savvy.
"Solitude is as needful to the imagination as society is wholesome for the character." James Russell Lowell