Date of Award

Spring 2007

Project Type


Program or Major


Degree Name

Master of Arts

First Advisor

David Herbert


The purpose of this research was to examine the background of the wilderness solo and consider the factors that most affect the outcome of this experience. After completing a literature review of this subject area, I went on my own solo and compared my mindset during this experience to my previous experience and knowledge of the solo. The conclusions that I have made are purely subjective and should not be taken as anything else. I believe, however, that since the solo is a subjective activity based upon the participant's inner reflections, it should be researched in a qualitative, subjective manner. In addition to my own personal learning that I have obtained through this process, I have also reviewed some potential therapeutic applications for the solo, most notably in the area of wilderness programs for at-risk adolescents.