Outdoor Education - Charcteristics of Adventure: Women in Adventure
Women in adventure activities
Traditionally, women were excluded from adventure and sporting activities.
Although things have begun to change in the past 10 years, in many cultures
the domain of adventure is still predominantly male. This affects not only
individual adventurers, but also the notion of what outdoor adventure is.
In the past, adventurers were more commonly male, and the way they went
about achieving their goals was seen to be extremely masculine - the great
white hunter. It has become increasingly obvious that women can make
excellent adventurers, and in recent years there have been many examples of
women achieving incredible goals; for example, Kay Cottee's solo sail
around the world and Brigitte Muir's climb of Everest. It is interesting to
look at the difference in the motivation of Brigette Muir and John Hunt,
who also climbed Everest. When asked why he wanted to climb Mt Everest,
Hunt said, "It's because of the challenge, there is no height, no depth,
that the spirit of man, guided by a higher spirit, cannot attain." Muir's
motivation was expressed as, "I love being in high altitude. You're working
hard and you have to breathe very deeply and everything around is so
intense and heightened". This shows a difference in motivation and beliefs
relating to intrinsic and extrinsic rewards.
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