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Outdoor Education - Charcteristics of Adventure

Characteristics of adventure

Two very important characteristics of adventure are people's attitude
towards the environment and different cultures. In the past, adventurers
have been less sensitive to local cultures than now. There was a concept of
conquest and achieve at all cost, even if it affected the native
inhabitants of an area. Although this is improving, it is still obvious
that people don't always think about the customs and spiritual aspects of
their adventure. For example, thousands of people still climb to the top of
Uluru (Ayers Rock) even though this goes against the wishes of the
traditional inhabitants of the area. When the motivation is to succeed at
all cost, not only do local customs suffer, but also the environment. Base
camp in the Himalayas is littered with the leftovers of past expeditions,
but it is interesting and heartening to see that attitudes are slowly
changing. Many people involved in adventure activities today have high
environmental standards and understandings. Good examples of this are the
minimal impact bushwalking codes and the environmental regulations within
the trekking industry, which are starting to make adventure activities more
environmentally friendly.

In the past adventures have not always been sensitive to local cultures.

Each characteristic of adventure affects others in a web of interaction
that makes each adventure unique; for example, the size of the group can
affect the cost, safety and risk [1], as well as impact on environments and
culture.

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