While mountaineering isn’t for everyone, peak experiences are super popular. Getting to the top (field, class, department) is generally seen as a notable achievement. The view from above, the very real effort it takes to reach the summit and the lessons learned along the way make up the stuff of movies, books, and inspirational talks.
In adventure education one of our key points is the idea of Transference. It’s not enough to go into the wild, tag a summit, or have an adventure, what truly counts is how we carry the lessons learned along the way back into our daily routines.
It turns out that the skills needed to get to the top of a mountain are easily transferred to our flat land lives.
Here are six ideas about bringing a mountaineer’s approach to less dramatic terrain:
No matter where we find ourselves, we can leverage our experiences to do better. Sure, dramatic terrain makes a mighty imprint on our vision, but any moment has the possibility of having a huge impact on the course of our lives. It’s not just reaching a peak that matters, it’s our ability to identify and do our best in any situation which enables us to reach beyond.
Eli is a Lecturer of Adventure Education at FLC with expertise in mindful leadership, expedition planning and leadership, and tons of experience leading others in finding the personal and interpersonal benefits of exploring wild spaces.