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The weight of the pack on my back, the sun-warmed rock, small tufts of grass growing from the cracks where my fingertips gripped, my sweating palms, the glacial blue waters of Lago Viedma lapping 15 feet below. Senses alert midway across the slab of a class 4 traverse.
Mentally running through the motions necessary should I fall into the icy water below. There is a handhold about 18 inches up and to your left. In another instance we stood at the head of a valley, having spent five minutes volleying back and forth what approach might be best. Those situations come and go, but the greatest ongoing challenge and tool is our ability to work together. It takes a lot of work, but the payout is invaluable.
Neon and I met thru-hiking the Pacific Crest Trail in In the ensuing years, we got together to go hiking, mountain-biking, and on various other shorter adventures. The outing which decided the partnership for me was when she, a warm weather person, came up into the snowy Rockies and we went cross-country skiing. Seeing her willingly step out of her element and seeing how she dealt deal with the challenges made it clear — this was a woman who had the commitment and fortitude to stick through difficulties.
Who you adventure with influences the course of a trip as much as the route you choose. Below are some points to weigh as you consider who you may very well end up trusting with your life. As with any relationship, communication is key. When considering an adventure partner, look for someone who has thought through and is willing to speak their immediate needs and long term goals. You will be called upon to communicate under trying circumstances, for example, when hanging above glacial waters wearing a backpack and with no ropes.
Express anxieties clearly, but speak calmly. In these moments, you have to trust that you and your teammate are seeking the same goal: a safe completion of the journey. Practice active listening and repeat back what you hear to make sure you are on the same.
Come back to heated topics once everyone has had time to process and unpack their own pieces of what is going on. You need at least three points to triangulate a location. Your position represents only one of these points. Similarly, having multiple takes on a challenge helps hone in on a best approach. For example, assessing a climb from below will yield different information than looking from above or to the side. Working with someone who sees things differently also presents challenges.
Maybe one of you is a big picture thinker and the other is detail oriented. It helps to recognize working together is more important than being right and there is more than one way to make it through any challenge. Another important trait is maintaining respectfulness under trying circumstances. How you deal with that stress is a matter of patience, practice and being self-aware. In one instance, on a nine day stretch deep in remote mountains of Patagonia, we followed the only trail just to have it dead-end at a raging white water river, with no of the trail resuming on the other side.
Neon left me space and time to work through the frustration before we loaded back up and, within an hour, found the route we needed.
Learn to recognize your stress factors and be able to verbalize them to your partner rather than act on them. It is okay to be frustrated, but it is not constructive to take that out on them. Whatever you have been through, they probably have too. When under stress, go back to the basics: count to 10 before you say something and mind your manners. If you need space to get there, ask for it. Finally, be certain you can trust an adventure partner before ing on to anything challenging. If you are considering something big together, take some smaller trips or less challenging routes together first.
Do they follow through on their word and show up prepared? Do they have the skillset necessary to tackle the wilderness with respect and integrity? Around the fifth time Neon clambered out of a snowbank on our cross-country skiing outing, still able to laugh about it, that I realized she is a person who can handle whatever the journey throws at her.
Bethany Hughes, of Her Odysseyis 14, miles in to thru-hiking the Americas. Stories Tips Gear Advocacy. By Bethany Hughes The weight of the pack on my back, the sun-warmed rock, small tufts of grass growing from the cracks where my fingertips gripped, my sweating palms, the glacial blue waters of Lago Viedma lapping 15 feet below.
Communication As with any relationship, communication is key.
Someone with a Different Point of View You need at least three points to triangulate a location. Respect and Manners Another important trait is maintaining respectfulness under trying circumstances. Trust Finally, be certain you can trust an adventure partner before ing on to anything challenging. Related Posts. Tips 7 Tips for Fall Camping 6 Comments. Tips 10 Essentials for Backpacking with Dogs 3 Comments. Gear Down vs.Adventure Partner Needed
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