Luvaduck Oct 22, 2017 11:19 AM Suspicious Male on Jesusita Trail To whoever is dense about the reality of hiking alone while being female: We can't leave "it" locked in the car with other things lowlifes feel entitled to take. Unless a woman is armed, as wary as a forward observer, and a good shot, she's vulnerable in a way males are not. It's a fact of life, not an opinion, that she's smaller, lighter and not as strong as non-geriatric males. Males hike to enjoy the peace, solitude and beauty, not as an exercise in intact survival. Slimebag sexual molesters make that impossible for women since if we are unwary, we are at risk--and it isn't from lions, tigers and bears. While the reporter may have mistakes intention, women can't be faulted for being cautious when a strange male is too 'friendly' in a deserted area: We ask ourselves if the guy would accost a male in the same way. If the answer is "no" then it's not paranoid to be suspicious and our duty to warn others. Both genders of good intent wish it were different--lots of loneliness around--but it is what it's always been, bad actors screw things up for everyone.