The awesome outdoor community
IT’S TIME TO SIT down, grab a coffee and ponder this question: what is your favourite adventure or outdoor activity? And why? Sure, it’s a loaded question, but not in a negative way. It is just to confirm one of my favourite theories and something I have always regarded as truth. No matter what your poison, whether you’re a cyclist or a hiker, or your most memorable adventures are camping with the kids at a nearby caravan park, the main thing to remember is that you are still part of what is undoubtedly the best community on the planet: the outdoors.
I have been a part of this awesome community for decades and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it, as I am sure all AGO readers have, along with anyone else who gets ‘out there’. I cannot put my finger on precisely what it is, but one of the primary factors in this enjoyment is how the outdoors community seems to look after its own. I have needed help on more than a few occasions – whether to jimmy a broken trekking pole back together or to change a flat tyre on my bike – and I have been nearly knocked over by the rush of people willing to lend a hand.The old adage “many hands makes light work” sure does ring true when you need a third hand to reconnect that trek pole point or wrestle that tyre back onto its rim. It’s a real strength of the outdoor community, and it’s good to know that helping out where possible is an easy job that will be returned with interest if you get stuck yourself.
The other impressive thing about the outdoors community is how none of us are really just ‘a hiker’ or ‘a paddler’. Most of us enjoy the outdoors in a variety of ways, using a variety of equipment and methods to do so.And even if we are not a madkeen hiker or bike rider, we still appreciate the fact that the person ‘doing it’ that way is still focussed on the same thing we are: enjoying the outdoors.
This was confirmed in AGO’s recent reader survey; even though hiking is still our readers number one activity, the spread of other activities across the readership, from mountain biking, 4WD touring and family camping, to fishing, road cycling and paddling (of all disciplines) was pretty even.
I guess that means that all of us in the outdoor community are pretty damn lucky; having a number of different ways in which to get out and enjoy an adventure means we’ll never, ever, get bored with being outside.And that’s the way it should be.