To really get to know a country, you have to wild camp.
Even the worlds greatest living explorers and adventures had a first expedition experience that set them on upward trajectories.
Is it really worth it? What do you get in return?
This brief, but worthwhile self assessment has been doing the rounds recently since first being posted by Al Humphreys.
If you're tired or hungry or fruitlessly laboring, it's easy to make mountains out of mole hills..
For those that know me, you'll know I like to dabble in the kitchen. That too extends to expeditions in the field, although I can't comment on my ability, most others aren't alive to do so now either.
Embarking on my first was a fluke. Back in the days of 'msn' I heard from a friend about an expedition to Svalbard. Sounded interesting, though I confess to not having a clue what Svalbard was..
Whilst packing for Oman I was aware that whatever I decided to take, I would probably have to carry. That's a wonderful incentive for packing light.
Expeditions aren't all fun all of the time. Low points can leave you wondering why you're there, pushing you towards giving up, amplified by the very nature of expedition life..
Once a month I try to post an article with a collection of the conservation and expedition articles that I've most enjoyed reading. This month, I think these are most worth looking at, take a look and let me know what you think.
Assuming you've managed to persuade a teacher to squeeze you in to the busy and dreaded curriculum, then you're currently ahead..
Expeditions are about developing an understanding of the environment around you, and frequently - although it might not have been an intended outcome - an understanding of yourself..