What’s the point of Adventure?

I just read an article by the ace Alastair Humphreys where he encourages people to do a good thing when they plan an adventure, like raise money for charity or raise awareness for environmental causes, etc.

This article really struck a chord. Since going on my one and only adventure last year my life has changed in a really positive way. The adventure itself was worthwhile but the fundraising made it real. I probably wouldn’t have done it otherwise and I don’t particularly feel motivated to do another (which is a bit puzzling, actually), mainly because I don’t have a solid reason to. Am I lacking in motivation for crazy thrills and experiences? I don’t know!

I did my adventure pretty much alone so didn’t really get a ticket into the adventure world doing through it. But, to me that’s a world of fancy, expensive gear and looking cool.

However, I REALLY want to do another adventure and raise another chunk of money for charity or raise awareness for a brilliant cause. THAT really motivates me. Getting out into nature really inspires me. I’m not sure of the next steps, however. I’m a bit short on ideas, maybe.

Big adventures on the cheap and for a good cause. Otherwise it’s vanity.

Do you agree?




4 thoughts on “What’s the point of Adventure?

  1. I’m not sure vanity is the right word. A lot of people crave excitement and adrenalin rushes, but not out of vanity. You say you’re all out of motivation for another adventure but isn’t moving to Italy with your family a huge adventure? I think so. Ok, different motivations though.
    There’s an argument to say that doing an adventure to raise money instead of just doing it because you want to is an exercise in vanity. Not saying yours was for one minute! But the whole ‘yeah I’m doing a parachute jump for autistic kittens’ or whatever, can be just a bit of attention seeking. What do you reckon?

    1. Thanks for the comment!
      Could be, yeah! This is why I’ve put it out there a bit. I don’t really know! There is definitely a distinction between doing adventures for street cred and doing them to raise money. People look down their noses at charity adventures, definitely. For me, it was a big achievement to raise so much dosh and I feel really good about it. There’s definitely some vanity in there, I can’t deny that. I might even feel a bit smug about it at times. It could well be unknown, the difference between someone skiing to the North Pole sponsored by red bull or someone skiing there because it’s a good way to make some money for charity in a quirky way. Which one has more integrity? Which one impacts more people, setting a good example? I guess I just get a bit frustrated about the adventure industry and how massive it is.
      Yes it’s important to get out there and do it but at what cost and for what benefit? Another Al Humphreys post, which should have been included in this blog post talks about another angle of this argument: http://www.alastairhumphreys.com/environmental-questions/.

  2. Personally I don’t really see the point in anything anymore unless it is for the greater good in some way. That’s what drives me and where I have moved my learning, work, hobbies and life. Contrary to that though I also believe that we have a responsibility to maintain a healthy body and mind and evolve our own consciousness and wellbeing because that also impacts everyone. Therefore a solo adventure that increases confidence, self worth, nature awareness, love for life and connection to family and ancestry, as yours did, could fit that personal evolution criteria and still be for the greater good. With regard to the ‘adventure industry’ generally, how on earth can anyone live on this planet these days and not take into account the effect that there lives, actions, spending power, lifestyle choices and decisions have on others? It must be possible to have sustainable adventures, or maybe if what seem like frivolous adventures are what fuel us to do great work the rest of the time is it ok? Its not about not having fun or not doing these wild things but could there be more consciousness. You are right there’s a lot of fashion, kudos, bravado and ego around. If it’s not consciously done then it’s selfish and frivolous and crazy. I don’t mean that I am a saint in any way, I love adventure, travel, pushing my limits but my intention is to be in connection and good conduct, be aware of my privilege and use it well. We all have that opportunity.
    My views about charities make this thread a bit messy because there shouldn’t be a need for so much big business charity. It’s become an industry and is filling the gaps of work that our shit system of government or society should be filling but that’s another story.
    On the whole where people are choosing to do something to enrich their lives or others whether that’s taking yourself to a wonderful place to learn about it or yourself, supporting people to do amazing things they wouldn’t otherwise be doing, or to bring connection to people in some way or to create opportunity through raising money or awareness then great but for adrenaline high, self centred ego massageing or denial of world problems then that’s BS. But who am I to say what will wake someone up?

    1. Thanks for the reply Leona. I think I have more blog posts in me around this subject. Of course, there’s no answer but for what I/you are personally ok with, along with some wider information about what’s actually going on in the world. I have things I struggle massively with, like flying, which I’ll be writing about soon

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