Adventure: A Mindset

How do you perceive adventure? Is it something big and scary or can it be reduced to bite sized chunks? I always felt that to go on an adventure was something grand; it was something that took a lot of time and a lot of money; it was something that required you to travel far.

2001 4 HMW

My childhood involved growing up on a farm and all I can remember is stomping through mud, running through fields and heading out to build forts in the woods or under the big oak tree in the orchard. We would hunt around the farm finding scrap bits of materials and haul them back to build some odd shaped shelter, even going as far as pinching nails and a hammer to stick it all together. Needless to say we did not get very far with it but that did not matter. We were outside and completely free. Looking back now I cannot think of a better way to have spent my time and considering an alternate upbringing is completely stifling. Maybe my perception of an adventure being a huge occurrence came from the freedom I had as a child being so completely ordinary. I needed big things for it to compare.

As I moved out to go to university, this started to change and I needed to seize the chance to get out and away from my campus life. Every trip out was a big deal and now that I’ve moved on again I appreciate getting away even more. It’s necessary to make the time to have an adventure. Collyn Ahart’s (@collynahart) view on adventure is beautiful. The founder of Bowndling adventure wear, she is encouraging more women to get out, to embrace adventure and to feel attractive doing it.

Wrapped up against the winter cold

Wrapped up against the winter cold

Having just got back from a feature job for Trail (@TrailMagazine) I feel as though it has changed my ideas surrounding adventure. ‘The things that scare you are the same things that give you courage’ Ahart  points out and she’s right. In the past week I have done some serious walking carrying a hugely heavy rucksack, wildcamping, bothying and scrambling for the first time. It required me pushing through my boundaries and do things that I would have struggled to do on my own initially- as much as I love being outdoors but would not have had the confidence. Having achieved it I feel thrilled. I stepped out of my comfort zone and embraced the challenge, expanding my experience. We walked through some challenging weather but came out the other side with a wonderful experience.

The perfect wildcamp

The perfect wildcamp

Rime ice

Rime ice

After nearly 20k of walking in rain this hot chocolate was possibly the best ever!

After nearly 20k of walking in rain this hot chocolate was possibly the best ever!

You need the bad to realise how good the good is. It makes you stronger, open minded and accepting of things that life throws at you. Ahart points out that ‘adventure isn’t a trip you take. It’s everything you do’ and I could not agree more. Don’t get me wrong, I would love to get out and explore the world, too. That would certainly be an adventure but accepting every little trip as adventure makes life so much more fun.

 

Don’t forget to keep an eye out for Trail to read all about this adventure!

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