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Module 1: Characteristics of adventure

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Outdoor Education - Charcteristics of Adventure: Size of group

Size of group

Consider how the size of the group affects the adventure experience.

All these factors affect the access of the activity, and it is interesting
to compare the cost and access of an activity with the fulfilment of the
activity's objectives. Recently there has been a great deal of debate over
the merits of paying to climb Mt Everest. Jon Krakauer, in his article in
_The Age,_ ponders, "Why did veteran Himalayan guides keep moving upwards,
leading a gaggle of amateurs, each of whom had paid as much as $82,000 to
be ushered safely up Everest, into an apparent death trap?" _(The Sunday
Age_ 29 June 1997). With our drive for adventure and challenge, are some
people paying too high a price for their adventure experience, both in
money and human terms?

The size of the group also affects the adventure experience. Historically,
large-scale adventures involved large numbers of people and money. The
sailing voyages of Cook and Columbus were monumental events, involving very
strict autocratic leadership styles. The adventure experience would have
been very different for each member of the crew. Compare this with Kay
Cottee's solo sail around the world. It is obvious the size and make-up of
the group can affect an adventure in a variety of ways. Even on a personal
level, a solo bushwalk or skiing by yourself for a day is very different
than in a large trekking group or in a ski class. Look at the adventure
experiences you have had in your life, the number of the group and the
scale of the undertaking, and how it affected your experience. When people
undertake developing an adventure experience, the size of the team or group
is an important consideration.

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