Adventure travel

Posted by Ken Campbell July 24, 2008 0 Comment 921 views

To all those taking a kayaking class instead of simply signing up for a kayak outing, congratulations. To those learning how to climb instead of clipping into the guide’s rope for a tow up a mountain, kudos. There is a big difference between being in the game and being at the game, and those who understand that difference already know something that the “Adventure Travel” folks don’t want you to know.

While exploring the Brazilian outback on a first descent of the River of Doubt, Theodore Roosevelt had this to say in his expedition journal: “The ordinary traveller, who never goes off the beaten route and who on this beaten route is carried by others, without himself doing anything or risking anything, does not need to show more initiative and intelligence than an express package. He does nothing; others do all the work, show all the forethought, take all the risk – and are entitled to all the credit. He and his baggage are carried in practically the same fashion, and for each the achievement stands about on the same plane.”

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