I recently sorted through some of my Opinion articles from over the years and drew out a few themes about expeditions and adventure. Here is a summary of my ethos with plenty of links…
I don’t have a major beef with celebrity expeditions (even if they sometimes undermine the efforts of others) but I do believe that TV makes expeditions seem unnecessarily scary and that “adventurers” often unhelpfully exaggerate their stories.
In fact, I think that adventurers frequently patronise by implying that going on expeditions is a better way to use your life than working a 9-to-5 but, in my view, completing a great expedition doesn’t make you a great person. That’s part of the reason why I don’t want to be a professional adventurer.
That said, I feel that expeditions are a great way to create challenge in your life, manifest self-belief and even overcome prejudice. However, I don’t think that expeditions should be taken too seriously or that they should be used to prove how tough you are.