Wednesday, October 07, 2015

"Adventure Destinations..."

"All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is often unaware...".  M. Buber

"An Essential Factor..."

"Perhaps the spirit of adventure, be it mental or physical adventure, is a factor so essential in human progress that no emphasis of it is undue...". 
A. Hill

"Of Seekings..."

"It is like a voyage of discovery into unknown lands, seeking not only new territory, but for new knowledge.
It should appeal to those with a good sense of adventure...".  F. Sanger

Sunday, October 04, 2015

"Of Poems, Mantras, & Quests..."

Words within a poem from the trail,
A mantra for certain fulfilling motivation,
All about such enduring momentum,
Yet also reflecting our deep emotion...
'Further' became the invocation,
A chanting over very long distance,
Looking past perceived limitations,
And further it was we went...
'Forward' was the clear saying,
Regardless of the many external challenges,
Or of our internal hurdles too,
For forward it now was...
'Upward' was the powerful inspiration,
Shared in such potent moments,
To go beyond assumed limitations,
Then upward was our direction...
'Inward' is now our shared song,
In midst of these special times to sing,
About our unique adventure paths,
And the real journey we discover out there...
Our quests within wonderful adventures,
Poetic words found upon a trail,
Further, forward, onward, upwards, and inwards,
Now it forever is..... DSD

For Outward Bound who guides so many of us on our first trails, to those who continue on their chosen trails while Adventuring For Another Reason , and to my Partners In Passing Forward smiles all along the way.

"Our Shared Poetic Adventurings..."

The substance of our adventures,
And the echoes of a poem,
How very much alike,
They feel so much to be...

The elements of adventures,
And the essence of many poems,
Far away they always take us,
How much then we will see...

A life among adventures,
The feelings within a poem,
Experiences we reach with hope towards,
Understandings that then embrace us too...

Truly they are one and the same,
So wonderfully similar they always are,
The adventuring of shared perceptions,
The poetry of our forever wanderings..... DSD

Dedicated this adventure day to all those 'Artists of Being Alive' who continue to Adventure For Another Reason.  

Saturday, October 03, 2015

"Of Our Shared Ropes..."

"The rope connecting two men on a mountain is more than nylon protection. It is an organic thing that transmits subtle messages of intent and and disposition from man to man; it is an extension of the tactile senses, a psychological bond, a wire along which currents of communication flow...".  Trevanian 

"Adventurers Are Truly Artists...

"A work of art is above all an adventure of the mind...".  E. Ionesco

"Of Compasses..."

"Most times, the worst of situations can become a compass to the best of situations...".  I. Izuakor

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

"The Path... This Path... Our Path..."

The path... Our path... Your path...
Seemingly of only rocks and stone, of ice and snow.
Countless places, where to start.
So many steps that may be taken.
This path...
That twists and turns, through canyons and valleys,
Meandering across coastlines and islands,
Above and below tree lines,
Traversing ridges and mountains.
Such paths...
Are guarded by weather and wild furred ones,
Watched over by aged ancient trees and bright flowers,
Shaded too by cliffs and so high rock towers.
These joined paths...
Always serenaded by winds and waves,
Beautiful songs we hear,
Such echoes they make.
The path... Your path... Our path...
Setting moons upon rising suns,
Towards horizons everlasting,
Our shared trails towards ourselves..... DSD

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

"The Tradition Of The Path..."

"The philosophical and spiritual traditions of the East created a very vivid and apt conception called the path.
The Path means a particular way of living and behaving conditioned by a code of ethics and a system of technical instruction governing different aspects of everyday life.
Observing the rules of the Path was supposed to help in achieving the higher levels of wisdom.
I dare to express the conviction the mountaineering, by reason of the remarkable qualities it contains, may turn into a precious method of spiritual and physical growth.
Referring to the tradition of the Path, I would like to call this method, 'The Path of the Mountain'...".  V. Kurtyka

"An Ancient Teaching..."

"There are hundreds of paths up the mountain, all leading in the same direction, so it doesn't matter which path you take. The only one wasting time is the one who runs around the mountain, telling everyone else that their path is wrong...". Hindu Teaching

Sunday, September 27, 2015

"Our Shared Spirit With Animals..."

When musing about adventure inspirations, for many reasons, I often find myself thinking of connections to various animals.
Grey Wolf said, "If you could be an animal, what animal would you be? Answering that question creates a powerful personal metaphor."
I believe that we are much closer to the meaning of this than many would expect.
We are indeed linked, and in so many ways...
Have you ever watched an animal at play, their energy when they run or fly, or have you ever responded to the gaze of a wolf or grizzly?
They help us 'see' that our experiences out there are not just physical, mental, or even emotional - but can be very full of spirit as well.
Sometimes we are allowed a glimpse, a glimmer, of energy and enthusiasms that are difficult to describe.
There are many kinds of spirit within the wild lands, like those felt around ancient trees, or near ageless rock, but it has often been the spirit of animals who I sense have shared something of their enthusiasms with me.
In our many shared summits, there were too many to count where we had the fellowship of an animal to share the climbing experience with.
Many were highlands birds, others were rams and mountain sheep, so many were the small four legged furries who talk so much in their chitters and whistles.
Then there have been the crows and ravens, who seemingly were laughing at my ordinary outdoor mistakes and trials; but who I eventually learned to chuckle along with as I felt they were trying to teach me to not take it all so seriously.
All have shared something of their spirit with me , and all have become part of what I've needed for adventure inspirations.
What often gets us going, or carries us through, challenging adventures can be said to be found within the 'spirit'.
Aboriginals in many cultures believe that upon birth, or later through certain quests, that the spirit of an animal may enter and become one with an individual.
Powerful meanings can be found too in the Animal Totem's that exist out there, and also within the metaphors that these then represent.
R. Ridgeway wrote that in one such experience he found that, "It wasn't until I returned to my own world that I figured it out. In that shaft of light in the jungle, I'd watched the Yanomami transform into a wild animal. For the first time in my life, I had seen who I used to be...".
Grandfather, a Mountain Elder said about the spirit, the energies, we create for ourselves out on such adventures, that, "I see in you a wolf who now walks as a person".
I'm inclined to believe that in this he is very right about each of us..... DSD 


"That night the wind was howling almost like a wolf, and there were some real wolves off to the west giving it lessons...".  G.R.R. Martin


Saturday, September 26, 2015

"A Moment With Muir..."

"I am glad to touch the living rock again and dip my head into the high mountain sky...".   J. Muir

The experience of touching rock... touches us...
We develop a feel for the rough or polished granite.
A sense of any loose or firm quartz.
This aesthetic sensation also becomes a part of the desert rock or northern limestone that we embrace on any particular adventure day.
Think too of how this simple example of Muir's musings have had such lasting effects, like the substance of stone itself.
Countless adventurers have read Muir's writings and then have since experienced their own spirited relationship to rock and stone and mountains.
How I wish I could have shared a few seasons with him in the High Sierras..... DSD

"We Are All Kin..."

"One touch of nature makes the whole world kin...". William Shakespeare
"What do you see when you look at an animal? A kindred spirit, a creature much like you...". J. Kazez

There are very few of us adventurers who have not had desires and dreams about, and then actual experiences in sharing the wild places with, our family of wild ones out there.
Our experiences become so very special when this happens, when we see them, especially when we share a moment among them, and so we hope though while elusive that this will happen again and again for us.
Most of us cherish these moments almost as none other, they are so unique, so touching... DSD