Journal: The Case For Rediscovering Adventure

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 Words and photos by Chris Brinlee Jr.

[ad·ven·ture]

noun

an undertaking usually involving danger and unknown risks.

verb

to proceed despite risk.

 

The word “adventure” has lost a lot of its meaning in today’s engagement-hungry, validation-starved, social-media-driven society. The word used to represent an experience where the participant stepped out of their comfort zone—often while exploring the unknown—and the result was great personal growth and discovery. Those classic adventures usually had one thing in common: total engagement with—and immersion in—the environment.

“Adventure used to represent an experience where the participant stepped out of their comfort zone, often while exploring the unknown.”

 

Early explorers engaged in every sense of the word. They were at the mercy of each locale they explored; oftentimes weather, terrain and their ability to overcome the circumstances created by those variables would determine their fate. Many of these early adventurers gave their lives in the line of duty, while seeking to expand the collective human knowledge and potential.

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