4/10 Ethical Consumerism in Outdoor Adventure – Repair, Restore, Repurpose, Rescue

Reducing waste is the key to making adventure equipment more sustainable and repair, restore, repurpose and rescue are 4 ways we can do this.

Do you carry a repair kit when you head out trekking or on tour? I always carry a tiny sewing kit for clothing repairs when travelling but my gear list for long hikes includes a repair kit for the tent or hammock, sleeping mat, sleeping bag, pack, snowshoes, poles and cooker. Care and maintenance increases the life of your gear and clothing and repairs extend the life further. You can do this yourself if you have the time and know how. For bigger holes and large worn out areas i use sew on patches. A patch on the butt is a bit quirky but it gives you another year or more of wear.

Some of the big name brands have heard the call for sustainability in outdoor adventure and responded with repair services and opening up a niche market for restored retro gear and clothing. It is more widespread in countries outside Australia but here we have a business called Remote Equipment Repairs.

Remote Equipment Repairs specialise in “As New” restorations and warranty repairs for all outdoor and adventure equipment.

“Our philosophy is that if we can keep your product going for just 1 more day not only does it reduce landfill but it enables you to continue using your much loved gear for a lot more time to come.

We believe that having the right gear means that you can be confident in the outdoors. Why risk going into the outdoors in a cold dirty sleeping bag and a ripped leaky tent? With some simple maintenance and TLC to your gear your next trip will be much more enjoyable.”

Do you have an appreciative eye for the fun ways people have repurposed their old equipment? What are some of the ways you have reused the things that can’t be repaired or recycled? Some of the creative things i have seen are walking boot pot plants, ski chairs, surfboard fences, bags and ponchos from old tents, neck buffs from old shirts, soft drink cans into fuel stoves and mat weaving and coiling old climbing rope. *feature boot image is from Andrew Bowden at ramblingman.org.uk

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While researching this i discovered a company called P365 who use abandoned tents from festivals.

“P+365 is a collection of garments made of discarded tents from music festivals. These items will be sold back in the music festival to create a circular business so people are more conscious of this issue.”

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Rescue is the most interesting and can be interpreted in any way you like but fort he purpose of this post I’m thinking of rescuing perfectly good abandoned materials and making something out of them. Tyvek is a popular fabric used on building sites. It is tough and very light. The off cuts and roll ends are usually thrown into the bin. These can be rescued and used to make bags, tarps, ponchos, groundsheets and footprints for your tent. Another common building castoff is insulating silver foil bubble sheeting. This can be rescued and used to make very light padded bags for you laptop and phone or an excellent insulating liner in your hammock.

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Reinvent your equipment to better serve its purpose or redesign it for multipurpose. If you can see a more efficient way to carry or use something you own, tweak it, don’t replace it.

All this is part of the circular economy. As the problems of waste, landfill, ocean pollution and animals dying from ingesting plastics increase we need to be adapting by creating new habits and better informed choices.

So, what choices can we make? In the first 4 parts of this series about ethical consumerism in outdoor adventure we have covered giving gifts that are needed or making a donation to a cause, recycling, hiring, repairing, restoring, repurposing, rescuing and reinventing. Can you think of anything else?

Before you buy anything new consider whether you really need it, can you hire it, can you save money and buy it from a 2nd hand shop, is the old item repairable, can you make a new one yourself and what will you do with the old item when you replace it.

Do some research into the companies who sell what you need. Are you investing in a brand who gives back to the environment or helps out communities? Is it a durable quality which will last a long time? How much thought and care has gone into the design? Can they custom make their products for your specific needs? Do they do repairs or take back their old products for recycling?

In the next few posts of this series I will be looking more closely at ethical outdoor and adventure businesses and some of the things to consider when buying new clothing and equipment.

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3/10 Ethical Consumerism in Outdoor Adventure – Hire

Hire is one of the best options for trying out good quality adventure equipment. It is an huge investment buying new equipment so it is important to know you are getting the right gear for the adventure.

“Try before you buy” is an option a few small adventure retail businesses offer. They genuinely want you to get the best for the purpose, to improve your experience and safety and get many more adventures out of a good quality product.

If you are shopping around for a new tent or backpack, skis or snowshoes, cooker, sleeping bag or mat, even wet weather gear and gaiters, hiring is the perfect way to compare performance between brands and styles. The first step is to research what you need, look at technical details like materials, weight, size and ratings. When you have narrowed it down to a few possibilities ask people who have used them for feedback, comparisons and recommendations. Then try them out before you make a final decision. For a good summer tent it is the difference of paying $30 hire testing something for a night or spending $900 on a tent that you discover isn’t up to spec. Wilderness Sports in Jindabyne hire everything you need for four season adventures and a variety of each product to test different systems in different conditions.

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If you are likely to get only one or two trips in each year or it is a once off you might want to save a lot of money and hire everything you need for that trip only. This is a great idea for school students preparing for expeditions and adventure challenges. Some businesses, like 50 Days, specialise in hire for students trekking and travelling abroad.

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 Another great thing about hire is being able to use new gear. Businesses who hire are upgrading and replacing old irreparable equipment each season with newer and better products. Some businesses, like Lighter Faster Hire, specialise in the best on the market.

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When I was in Venturers (Scouts for 15-18 year olds) we often went on camping and bike touring trips. It helped us a great deal to borrow gear from the Scout Unit. It wasn’t necessarily in good condition or light but it did the job. When you’re young the adventure is far more important than whether your equipment is the best on the market. Besides I have a few good stories to tell from stormy nights in A Frames with missing flies or no floor inside the old army green canvas marquee tent which became an indoor swimming pool and squeezing 3 people who all ate beans for dinner into a 2 person tent. I’m not selling it am I 😀 Scouts Australia has improved a lot in the last 30 years and have solid support and good sponsors for safe, reliable gear. The kids will still have plenty of exciting stories to tell and the parents haven’t sold a kidney to outfit them.

I also just discovered in a quick google search that you can support scouts through equipment hire.

https://www.vicscoutsqstore.com.au/camping-gear-for-hire/

https://www.soc.com.au/services/

https://scoutsqld.com.au/for-hire/

Have you ever hired gear? What was your motivation to hire? Would you consider this as an option for a future adventure?

This is another way to make outdoor adventure more accessible and affordable to everyone while reducing unnecessary consumerism, creating less waste and promoting more sustainable choices.

 

Pt2/10 Ethical Consumerism in Outdoor Adventure – Secondhand

Donating or buying second hand or recycled outdoor adventure equipment, clothing or books is an important part of the circular economy and reducing waste.

What happens to your unwanted equipment and clothing when you replace it with something newer, lighter, trendier? Do you put it into storage for “just in case”, an “emergency spare” or because it was so freakin expensive to buy the first time it feels like tearing off a limb getting rid of it, especially after years of use and memories? Or do you donate or sell it? Gods forbid you throw it out!!!

I used to store everything. My reason was the possibility of loss or damage, having spares was security. I never ever had to fall back on the spares in storage, they just collected dust and took up space in my parent’s guest room cupboard. About 15 years ago I started doing a big annual clearance. I went through all my stuff and made a pile of things I had not used for 12 months, then i invited family to pick out what they could use and took the rest to an Op shop or back to the army disposals where i bought it for a little cash back.

Sometimes i need to replace equipment while trekking so i give the spares to the homeless. I simply walk down the street, see the homeless people and ask if they need anything. You should see the absolute look of joy and disbelief when they receive something so vital to their livelihood as a good sleeping bag when winter begins or a gortex jacket or boots. Even warm clean socks can make a poor person cry.

Another thing i enjoy doing is donating some gear to non profit outdoor adventure programmes. They are often in need of donations and sponsors so i call and offer what i have and if it is in good condition and something they need then i post it away.

This is my way of “giving back” or “paying it forward” for everything i get from Nature and the support i get from others. And, now i am more aware of the waste we create through consumerism, it is a small way for me, as an individual, to help look after our Earth.

We also have the option of selling. There are the usual methods of ebay and gumtree but you can sell your adventure books, manuals and guides, equipment, clothes and shoes to specialist outdoor adventure secondhand stores.

Recycled Recreation is a specialist outdoor adventure second hand business in Hobart, Tasmania, and Canberra, ACT. They buy and repair secondhand books, equipment, shoes and clothes. The business has a great ethos and you can read more about it on their Facebook page in “Our Story”:

 https://www.facebook.com/recycledrectasmania/

“As a result of increased interest in de-cluttering, recycling and purchasing second hand, the shop is going from strength to strength!

…We stock mostly lightweight hiking gear rather than car-camping stuff, but even if you are not a hiker, it is always worth a look for good quality camping clothing, waterproof jackets, ski clothing, boots, wetsuits, climbing gear, books and maps etc.

…We take a considerable time to prepare (and possibly repair) equipment so that it is presented in a clean and functional condition, some items might be quite old others will be As New with tags (because the previous owner didn’t use it)! We are not a charity shop, we buy equipment…you can sell to us too!

…We WON’T flog you just one brand, or the most expensive product! We WILL direct you to the most appropriate equipment and to another retailer if we don’t have what you need or want.” Recycled Recreation

Their Canberra store https://www.facebook.com/RecycledRecCanberra/ has only just opened this month and has had a fantastic reception from the local community and outdoor groups. I love this idea so much I have put both stores down on my list for expedition preparation.

Secondhand equipment and clothing makes getting out there in the great outdoors more affordable and accessible to everyone. The cost of new outdoor and adventure equipment and clothing is an inhibiting factor. It is not only difficult for me but for many others, especially new adventurers and families putting their first kit together. Recycled Recreation not only selects gear in good condition but also high quality brands. This is something important to think about when shopping for used equipment.

As a teenager in the 80s I spent a lot of time bushwalking, camping and bike touring with Venturers and Duke of Ed and began solo multi-day walks in Kosciuszko National Park. I needed to put together a good kit with all the right equipment to stay safe, warm and dry. There was a lot available, very good brands and quality from Australian companies and designers, back when they made everything in Australia. I only had a bit of pocket money earned from doing jobs around the property so i had to be inventive. Some of my first kit included lost property from our camping ground, offloaded ration packs from SAS training units who camped with us and old army disposals stores. The modern revamp is called Aussie Disposals. Did you know that some of the army surplus hasn’t even been used yet but the cheapest was the used stuff of course. I continued to use a lot of that first kit for nearly 20 years. It makes me shudder thinking of what i would have tried, what risks i would have taken to get out there no matter what, if secondhand wasn’t an option.

The main two thoughts i would like to finish with are:

1. When we replace our clothing and equipment anything old and in reasonable condition can help give someone else a chance to enjoy the great outdoors, head out on their first overnighter or give a non-profit programme a leg up. There are many ways you can do this.

2. We don’t need to buy new. If you can find it secondhand you are helping reduce waste and unnecessary consumerism. It is one of many small habits we can practice which contribute to a sustainable future.

 

Ethical Consumerism in Outdoor Adventure Pt1/10 Gifts

Have you ever wondered if your adventure gear or your adventure has positive or negative human and environmental impacts?

Do you research fair trade, production methods, product quality and durability, local designers and manufacturers, materials used, packaging and whether it can be repurposed, reused, repaired, recycled or if you really need it?

Does your adventure give back to community or contribute to the protection and conservation of the environment?

The concept of ethical adventure consumerism covers environment, human rights, health and social values.

In the last 5 years I have become increasingly aware of the impacts of where I go, what I do there and the equipment and clothing I use. This has meant a change in habits, loyalties and alliances towards quality, sustainability, First Nation sovereignty, environmental conservation and safety.

Over summer i will be sharing my ideas about ethical consumerism in outdoor adventure and some of my favourite brands and businesses who value integrity. I literally live this life, when I’m not holed up writing a book or blog I am living in a tent or hammock, carrying my belongings in a pack on my back and seeking better choices for replacement gear and clothing. I’m not an expert but i have a lot of experience and knowledge to pass on. This is the intro of a 10 part series. I have invited businesses, brands and experts to contribute to each post.

Today I am starting with xmas gifts. I’m not going to wage any war against xmas. Don’t get your undies in a knot, rather go buy some good quality, odour resistant, comfortable, quick dry, lightweight underwear for the adventurers on your xmas shopping list.

We buy a lot of rubbish at this time of year. Many of the gifts we give will either be stored away after a couple of uses, donated to charity or regifted next xmas. Why do we keep doing this? Let’s break the cycle and bring back socks and undies. I’m not jocking 😀

Keep it simple.

The best thing to buy someone is something they need and will use.

Ask them what they really need for their next trip or buy a gift card so they can choose.

Adventurers have very specific needs as our gear wears out and requires replacing.

We need only what we can carry or what we swap out from summer to winter or outback to alpine.

We don’t need more of what we already have. How many times have I stayed with fellow adventurers who have 3 cookers, 4 tents and every backpack they have ever owned in storage for 15 years to be used occasionally. Unless you’re taking a big family or groups out regularly you don’t need more than you use.

We absolutely do not need anything cheap which will fail while out or deteriorate between adventures. We need lightweight, reliable, durable products suitable for season, terrain and the type of adventure.

Alternatives to buying stuff as gifts are making a donation on their behalf to a cause close to their heart like conservation, give them an experience like a bushwalk and picnic to your favourite swimming hole, help out with logistical support on their next trip like food prep, gear drops, transport or offer the use of your equipment if you’re not using it.

Here are some useful gift ideas under $20 for the hiker or bike tourer in your family or workplace:

Jar of peanut butter, waterproofing treatment for boots or wet weather gear, tube of sealant, maps, cooker fuel, cooker wind shield, water bottle sticker, homemade energy snacks or granola bars, compostable poop bags, sunscreen, deet-free insect repellent, chocolate bars, reusable rubbish bags, headlamp batteries, electrolytes, ultralight tent pegs/stakes, homemade trail mix, compostable drip coffee sachets, spare tubes, chain lube, handlebar tape, craft beer…

Lastly, avoid rushing off to buy last minute xmas gifts. Impulsive gift buying leads to bad decisions. A thoughtful gift can be given any time.

Outward Bound Australia

I am excited to introduce to you the first sponsor of Expedition Climb8!

 

Outward Bound Australia

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We believe there is more in you than you know.

Through adventure learning, Outward Bound Australia empowers students, communities and young professionals to discover, develop and achieve their full potential.

 

Outward Bound Australia is a Tier 2 sponsor. Their support is vital to the preparation and success of the expedition. With Outward Bound’s sponsorship we will be subscribing to a tracker so our progress can be followed across the mountains and hire avalanche beacons for the steeper snow covered sections. Our safety equipment is the most valuable part of our kit. Thank you Outward Bound for being an important part of Climb8.

Outward Bound Australia has been running outdoor education, adventure and leadership camps for 63 years! One of our team members, Marita Hills, is an Outward Bound lead group instructor with extensive experience including backcountry skiing, snowshoeing and climbing.

For more information about Outward Bound Australia, who they are and what courses they offer, please visit https://www.outwardbound.org.au/

If you would like to sponsor Expedition Climb8, as an individual, group or business, please look at our sponsorship tiers at https://climb8.earth/sponsors and choose one most suitable to your means. Sponsorship can be either funding or food and equipment to the same value.

I look forward to working with you on Expedition Climb8!

Women’s Adventure Film Grant

I am super excited about winning the Women’s Adventure Film Grant sponsored by Salomon and Suunto!!!

This grant means a lot to me and will help share inspiring stories about women and our connection with Nature.

Over the last 3 weeks I have been travelling up the east coast from Melbourne, collecting stories of connection and filming women in their natural surroundings. It is a privileged position to be in and I will honour all women and Nature.

It is not only a film, it is also a podcast which will be launched when the film goes on tour with Women’s Adventure Film Tour 20/21.

Thank you Salomon and Suunto for making this possible. Thank you Women’s Adventure Film Tour for giving me this opportunity.

Conservation Volunteers

*This is going to be an honest account of my time on Lord Howe Island. The good and bad. Most travellers gloss over the ugly bits but i prefer to be realistic. It will offend some of the LHI community but if you want volunteers to feel safe and enjoy their work you need to lift your game.

As the winter season was quietening down I started wondering what to do next and when to get out of there before work stagnated.

An add came up on one of my favourite facebook groups for conservation volunteers on Lord Howe Island so i applied. It was nerve wracking, i haven’t needed to apply for a job for years and didn’t even have a CV.

Lord Howe Island wanted volunteers to help with their rodent eradication programme, to start ASAP. I had been watching the progress of this programme from its early stages, as well as similar conservation projects on other islands. A week after applying I was packing to leave for 2 months of conservation work.

It was the hardest working volunteer job i have ever had. In 30 years of volunteer work in Australia and around the world I have never had an unpaid gig this demanding. It was a shock! The reason we were expected to work 8hrs a day 6 days a week was because the local community didn’t support the volunteer programme so it was costing them a lot of money to accommodate. Another shock for me. Everywhere i have worked, except here, the community was in full support and did everything they could to help. This community confounded me.

Some of the community was aggressive enough to harassed volunteers. I was spat at by a couple of them. Some of the locals preferred to be ignorant of the ecological crisis they lived in, an estimated 230,000 rats and mice on a small island driving plant and animal species to extinction. They have opposed the eradication programme at every stage, even when they could see the results. It is sad and it broke my heart that people could be so horrible to the people who were there to help them. By the way, ecotourism is the main economy of Lord Howe Island so saving the ecosystem benefits everyone.

I didn’t work 6 days a week, i couldn’t if i wanted to. I ended up getting very sick twice with a kidney infection and a flu virus, needing 5 days off in 6 weeks, before they politely, in a round-about way asked me to leave 2 weeks early.

Apart from that, Lord Howe Island is beautiful and the bird life in Spring is fantastic! All the seabirds come in to nest. It really is an amazing time of the year. I love birds and it felt like i was living in a dream on my days off wandering in the hills and along the beaches.

The plant life on the island is amazing! They have huge banyan trees and i spent most of my days working underneath them, amongst the palms and along the foreshore with spectacular views all day everyday. For these things i am grateful.

The experience I had volunteering on Lord Howe Island might put some people off volunteerism. This was an exception, it really isn’t supposed to be that horrible. I have never before been spat on by the people I’m trying to help and it is extremely unusual for an humanitarian or conservation project to not have community support. One of the reasons I have volunteered regularly, for many organisations, in many countries for 30 years is because it is rewarding and enriching. I still have many friends all over the world from the volunteer projects I have been part of.

If you are interested in volunteering or would like to get your adult children involved in a project during their gap year I suggest several pathways.

  1. This one i use when travelling. Arrive in a new country or village, ask about volunteer projects and offer them your expertise or labour in exchange for a place to stay. This way you get to know the culture, learn the language and traditions and give back to the community.
  2. When you hear about an event or project which you feel passionate about, it could be a lifestyle festival, animal rescue project or a disaster like an oil spill, contact the organisers or groups involved and ask how you can help. I did this a few times while travelling around the world. While in Morocco I saw the news about a terrible oil spill and thousands of animals dying. I was just leaving after 4 weeks trekking so i changed my plans to tour the Mediterranean and went to help a bird rescue project for 3 months in Portugal instead.
  3. National Parks and conservation groups often have volunteer programmes happening. Some of these include food and accommodation and totally respect that you are not being paid. Parks Victoria have some of the best programmes. A few parks are turning volunteering into a money making venture, unfortunately. You can find out more information about some of the Australian conservation volunteer opportunities here https://www.parkconnect.vic.gov.au/Volunteer/ https://conservationvolunteers.com.au/get-involved/volunteer/tasmania/ https://www.tangaroablue.org/events/
  4. You can use one of the many paid international volunteer holiday agencies who organise everything for you. All you need to do is pay for flights, basic food, accommodation, a few cultural experiences and turn up. Remember when you use these, they do fantastic work helping communities in need but they are a business making money out of “voluntourism”.
  5. Two of the most commonly used volunteer travel options are https://wwoof.com.au/ and https://www.helpx.net/ These are brilliant ways to travel far on a tight budget and really become part of the community. Just make sure you get references from previous helpers and wwoofers for any place you apply for. Every host i have stayed with have been super friendly and accommodating.

Volunteering is a great way to travel and see the world, to see your own backyard. Regardless of my Lord Howe Island experience it will not stop me from volunteering, just not there.

Have you volunteered while travelling? Do you plan to volunteer in the future? I’d love to hear your stories.

Climb8 Expedition

Something very exciting is happening next year!

I am leading an 800km expedition across the Australian Alps in winter for climate action.

We will be starting on the 6th June at the Mount Franklin Ski Chalet ruins in Namadgi National Park and finishing at Baw Baw in Victoria.

On the way we will be attempting to summit 38 peaks including 26 peaks over 2,000m in Kosciuszko National Park, highest 10 peaks in Victoria and the 2 highest peaks in the ACT.

Part of Climb8 is highlighting the impact of climate change on the Australian alpine regions and will include interviewing 8 ski resorts, surveying alpine user groups and studying past and current scientific research.

We are engaging with communities across the mountains and hope to use the expedition as a platform to share information, concerns and solutions.

If you would like to be involved please visit the website for more information at Climb8

Travel Stories you don’t want to hear

It doesn’t always go to plan.

On social media, travel shows and in adventure magazines you see the glossy side of travel, the safe places, tourist traps, token toedip into exotic cultures. That’s fine for most travellers but it’s not my style.

Unconventional is probably the best word to describe my life and how i travel the world is no exception.

For the most part i travel solo and attempt as much as possible to assimilate to local tradition, attire and ritual. I only need to show genuine respect and a willingness to learn to receive the same in return.

The more obscure the destination the more attracted i am to experiencing it. Not just visiting but taking as long as i need to fully immerse into the life, language and tradition.

90% of the time everything is good, great, exceeding expectation.

10% of the time is confronting, frightening, heartbreaking.

In 4 countries i have had weapons, guns, machete, loaded bow, held in my face. In 2 countries i was held at gun point while interrogated as a suspected spy. I watched a bus bombed by maoist terrorists in a busy city transit terminal and 2 months earlier was harassed by a Maoist army helicopter while solo trekking far from a disputed border. I have had my path physically blocked and turned back by women trying to protect me from rebels and rascals. In the same countries personally attacked, stoned and shot at because anti-white riots spread faster than we could get to safety. I have had to conceal weapons when taxi and mini bus trips took a bad turn. I broke the arm of a man who tried to rape me on a bus. Everything except my dirty laundry and sandals were stolen when i was knocked out by an antibiotic for blood poisoning which had started tracking up my leg. Quinine resistant cerebral malaria for 12 years. Witnessed murder, called traditional justice. Seen the fear and sadness in the eyes of people living surrounded by landmines trapped between two nations at war. Listened to the horror stories of slaves, secretly visiting their razorwire enclosed living quarters and writing postcards they dictated for family back home. Refugee families sharing photos of their loved ones who were killed while trying to escape. Rendering first aid on the leg of a small child whose mother cut her to beg for money… sometimes i could help, not always.

You see, the further you travel, the further you push beyond your comfort zone, the closer you want to get to real life, the more you will be exposed to a world without glossy pages, a world where the highlight reel is simply survival, where life is valued differently and death is a constant threat.

The travel stories you don’t want to hear haunt my dreams. I see the faces of broken spirits when i close my eyes. Each night, as i sleep in the safety of a privileged western society, i relive horrors others are living every day.

A long time ago i shared a twin room with a wonderful friend. C knew when the nightmares were visiting and would climb into bed beside me, wrap herself around me and hold me tight. You made me feel safe. I miss you.

A Better Life!

It has been quite a roller coaster since beginning more than 20,000kms of awareness walks in 2008.

Walking for environmental, climate, justice and social issues as well as raising funds for non-profits has not been easy, sometimes it was heartbreaking and left me with some bitterness and despondency. 10 years of stress.

I carried a lot of responsibility and accountabily and i expected the people i was helping to offer reasonable support. Expectations without clear communication will lead to disappointment.

When i began the final little 900km leg of the walk around Australia last year i decided to walk it for myself. The suicide prevention cause and Lifeline fundraiser was still stuck to it like tar on a bumper bar and i maintained a strong social presence. Although the stress was reduced significantly it was still there.

When i finished the walk and began writing i didn’t shake my old sharing habits. Not wanting to disappoint, felt like i needed to keep providing followers with updates and insights. An unnecessary expectation i placed on myself.

Another old habit i continued to practice was using my bike touring adventure as a platform to promote an issue i feel very passionate about, the reason i started walking for awareness in the first place. I placed a lot of angst and pressure on myself to document and share in the hope to influence change. The fun factor was dulled by imaginary deadlines.

Throughout last year i honestly thought i was freeing myself of stress pushing my own agenda but it was only shifting the stress.

After observing the sudden improvement in physical and mental health after quitting the ride i realised it was time to make some serious changes.

The 1st and most important change was to burn my soapbox. Activism, especially for someone without a close allied community and accessible support networks, is emotionally, spiritually, intellectually and psychologically fatiguing. Over time activists can pay a high price for their passion in physical and mental health.

I’m returning to a quiet, reserved life of adventure where i hope to be an example through simple, considerate and kind choices.

The 2nd important change is supporting others in ways i know from experience will help and encourage. To be available and accessible to anyone seeking moral support, mentoring or a kind word to give them strength and comfort.

The 3rd important change is to drop my walls and open my heart to the opportunity to live this adventurous life with friends and possibly even someone special, share the moments with friends in the moment instead of in a social media feed, to conquer my fear of intimacy and learn to connect on new levels of friendship and companionship.

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Terra Roam

Single human seeking a meaningful adventurous life with a nice being from any compatible species