Health, Fitness, and The Adventure Life

Testing the power grip in the Sequoias
Living the adventure life is not easy. It can require abilities that we will not develop in our everyday lives. It can require hand strength for rock climbing, balance and agility for scrambling, and stamina for the long ride or hike. In fact, the adventure life really is about being physically, as well as mentally, prepared for “anything” life might throw at you.

If you find yourself saying - “That map didn’t say we’d be hiking up scree!” or “that stream didn’t seem so deep in the trip report”, these are the moments that you will be thankful for doing those extra reps and pushing a little harder in your workouts.

The goal is to zero in on doing the things that we need to do to live a fitter, stronger, and healthier life all while doing the things that we need to do to live a little (or a lot) longer. Oh, and to live a more adventurous life while we’re at it! This looks like a lot of things that we need to do to live the adventure life, but what if we could kill two birds with one stone - or three or four? What if there are some things we can do to be healthier and fitter, and stronger, and more adventurous all at the same time.

Finding the Balance:
  • Nutrition - cutting carbs is a good idea in general, but if you are hiking/climbing a big mountain, sugar is probably the most important source of energy you can have.
  • Strength - building strength is great, but those extra pounds of muscle will feel real heavy in the middle of a big route in Joshua Tree.
  • Fitness - It’s the rare instance that long and slow will produce a greater benefit than short (or medium) and fast.
  • Longevity - being underweight via calorie restriction is a generally accepted method of adding years to your life, but when it leads to frailty as the years add up, it won’t add life to our years.
  • Adventure - take some risks, lots of risks, but remember - a big injury can lead to a long recovery, and that can add up to a lot of missed adventures. Weigh out the risk/reward balance before committing to that jump.

There is a world of adventure out there, and so much of it, the really cool stuff, is just beyond the reach of the average person. And the stuff that isn’t is usually doesn’t feel like an adventure. But, if we can go out a little further, or climb a little higher, or go when it’s a little hotter, or a little colder, or a little wetter, we can step outside our box, leave the crowds behind, and really experience the adventure.

Take care and I will see you out there.