These are some of my adventures. I hope to have more every year.
When I was 15 & 16 I went on two Outward Bound trips in the summers. This was my first venture to do something on my own. And the first BIG challenge of my life. For those who don’t know about Outward Bound, let me try to sum it up in two ways. My idealized and imagined definition, and the real definition. My idealized and imagined version was me expertly hiking, scaling rocks, cinematically looking over vistas, making camps in minutes, slashing trees and path finding, finding new things, and maybe even carving a stick into a badass wolf or something! All in an ever reaching quest for wilderness exploration! Ummm. Yea. Thats not what happened. I think I watched too much Dances With Wolves and TV specials about Lewis & Clark. But they made it look so easy! The real definition was slow hiking, plentiful whining, arguing, stopping every five minutes, constant gender strength comparison, with 50 lbs of mostly unnecessary gear all of which was crammed into 15 yr old packs that smelled like eu de sherpa. Also, everything was done by the group and had to get permission from the group, sooo, no way could I pull my “mr.wildman” routine, with out getting punished with dish cleaning or putting up the peter bag (good idea, just a pain with like 16 others).
I like to classify the trip as wilderness expeditioning, but that is my idealist coming out again. It was fun, exciting, and pushed me to my limits for sure, but it was also unnecessarily tedious, drama riddled, and mostly thrust upon teens who didn’t actually want to be there any way. I would have loved it even more if it was a smaller, more enthusiastic group, and if it allowed for individual exploration trips!
- Hiking huge mountains
- Climbing 300 ft rock face
- Convincing Parents I won’t get eaten by bears or fall over from exhaustion. (I had a 35 lbs school back pack at one point, so, I think a hiking pack is no big deal. but try saying that to you Mom :P)
- Learning and than immediately forgetting 5 different types of knots
- Realizing you don’t need a lot of junk to enjoy nature.
- Many times I have thought the opposite. Too many times. Its so rejuvenating that it makes life on the other side seem very oppressive. But ultimately, if you travel more, the more you start craving roots to come back to.