Word games aside, RESPECT for nature should be a key aspect of outdoorsy lifestyles.
The outdoors are becoming more and more appealing. Thanks to tv series, books, movies, instagram, blogs - the outdoors are getting a revamp. It is becoming glamorous to sit alone atop of a mountains, walk in the forest, surf some big waves, run some treacherous trails instead of the smog filled city asphalts. no blames there! And it’s great that people are getting more active and there is the want to be sporty beyond gyms. People enjoying nature, as it should be.
But (you did sense a but coming, didn’t you?) are we doing it right?
nature should not only be used and abused for the benefits it provides, the beauty it offers. It should also be also respected.
By this I don't only mean respect in terms of not polluting, taking your rubbish away etc
Respect, in my opinion is a lot more.
We increasingly see accidents happen
The most recent, a few days ago in Italy, where at least 10 hikers lost their lives due to a flash flooding, and just a few weeks ago, 5 lost their life canyoning in Corsica also because of weather circumstances. Just on the website canyon collective you can find a list of accidents and near misses that should scar the bravest of us. Not to talk about winter slavines and off piste skiers and snowboarders risking their lives. I have to admit I experienced a near drown while surfing before.
And I learnt my lesson.
Despite everything - nature is unpredictable. And you should respect that. You should respect that you are only tiny in comparison, and you don’t know what nature is gonna throw at you next. Maybe a wave slightly bigger than other in the set, which will act in an anomalous way and maybe you are in the wrong spot. Maybe an unexpected gust of wind that will break that tree just above you. A patch of land that has suffered from too much dryness and will disappear under your feet. A random cloud that will downpour on you filling that small river that looked so innocent a few minutes before.
Chances are you can predict it
Chances are you cannot.
But here is what i learnt as a scout and I will take with me for the rest of my life:
You can be prepared. Estote parati sempre.
So here are my solutions to stay as safe as possible
- know your limits.
- listen to experts
-follow rules. If it says no access there might be a reason for it...
- study the territory before going in
- have the right gear
- know a few survival tips for the situation. Know what you should do should you end up in a bad situation. Have a few scenarios before hand that you can think of how to escape. Knowing it before hand should save you in a panicked situation
- be aware and alert
- don’t make it a bravery competition
- respect that you are only small in this giant universe
I would like to know if you have something to add
In the meantime...stay safe!
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