I just got this from Paul Kirtley of Adventure Bushcraft and think it’s well worth sharing. As Paul says at the end “I firmly believe we should all make time for a little more adventure in our lives”, and so do I

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To adventure in the natural environment is consciously to take up a challenge that will demand the best of our capabilities – physically, mentally and emotionally

So wrote Colin Mortlock in his influential book on outdoor education, The Adventure Alternative. The routine of daily life, however, doesn’t always lend itself to adventure.Yet the feelings brought about by having a real adventure are very powerful and life-affirming. For me this is a major reason why I like to journey in wild places.

One of my main motivations in establishing Frontier Bushcraft was to enable more people to have more adventures; by coming on courses and expeditions with us but also by taking the wilderness skills learnt from us and having their own adventures.

This is why “Wilderness Skills and Adventure” is included in the Frontier Bushcraft logo.

Mortlock expands his thinking on adventure and, for me, captures what adventure is all about:

In all cases you, the person in the situation, are being challenged to the best of your abilities.  If you have given of your genuine best, and either overcome the challenge or retreated with dignity through skill and experience rather than luck alone, then you have had one of the greatest experiences of your life…with feelings almost indescribable and beyond those common to normal and routine living. Ultimately life is about feelings, those that are concerned with the joy of living, rather than the anxieties of modern existence“.

I firmly believe we should all make time for a little more adventure in our lives.

All the best,
Paul Kirtley
www.frontierbushcraft.com

thanks Paul 🙂

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