Hi! I have told many people never hike alone in the Smokies. Many things can happen up in the mountains. You could slip on a rock or encounter a bear or many other mishaps. It is very good to have the buddy system. Many people say they are experience hikers and they don’t need a hiking partner. Many of those people come up missing in the Smokies. Always be careful when hiking in the Smokies. Just read the story link below.