The One you Feed

An Old Cherokee Tale of Two Wolves                                                                   

 One evening an old Cherokee Indian told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said, ‘My son, the battle is between two ‘wolves’ inside us all. One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego. The other is good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith. The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: ‘Which wolf wins?” The old Cherokee simply replied the “one you feed”.

Negative thoughts.

Hopefully the grandfather is able to teach the grandson, how to “feed the good wolf.” While changing his focus to positive thoughts, which is extremely difficult, because we’ve never been taught how to. It’s so easy to fall into a pattern of negative thoughts and hard to start thinking positively.  As the bad thoughts will always be there in our minds.  It’s hard to change from positive to negative when you have been thinking negatively for a long period of time.  Negative thinking is normal, we all have these thoughts.  Therefore if this way of thinking becomes incessant, it can lead to depression,  self destructive behavior and addictions.  Further more as a result it can derail us from what we want most in life.  At an absolute minimum, negative thinking saps our energy, erodes our self confidence and put us into a bad mood.

feed the good wolf
The good wolf

Even though we may be in a certain mind set, thoughts are completely random, we never know which thought is coming next. So a good practice is to be aware of negative thoughts that arise, and try to detach from those thoughts and watch as an observer.  Watch your thoughts, they become words.  Your words, become actions, your actions, become habits. Watch your habits, they become character. Watch your character, it becomes your destiny.

Stress.

The perplexity of our thoughts and the way in which we try to handle them.  Have been and will be written about and studied as long as thoughts exist.  Stress is the root of many of our negative thoughts.  Survival stress is the phase of “fight or flight” this is seen as a common response to danger in all people and animals.  When we are afraid that we may be physically hurt, the body naturally responds with a burst of energy.  So that we are better able to survive a dangerous situation.

This was a basic survival skill when we were in the “hunter gatherer” phase of  human development.  It would be hard to estimate how often this basic survival skill was used in any individual lifetime.  The “fight or flight” response is used inappropriately in modern society.   Often we worry about things that we can do nothing about, or worrying for no reason at all.  Environmental stress is another response to things around us.  Noise, crowding and pressure from work or family, often result in fatigue.  Which over a long period of time, causes a hard toll on the body.

Fight or flight.

Feed the good wolf
The bad wolf

Stress was meant for “fight or flight” not for constant use, it burns down our immune systems and uses most of our energy.  In this mental state we have little chance of  “feeding the good wolf.” We can’t go backwards, the pace of life will only get faster. We will need to adapt quickly to a variety of situations.  The onus on us, is to try and calm the mind and to detox stress as much as we can. There are various activities that can be used.  Meditation which can be taken to various levels or as simple as the “head space” app on our phone.  Gratitude can work it’s own magic, by serving as an antidote to negative thoughts.  When you look for things to be grateful for, they are never far away.

Hiking in nature, has psychological benefits that are well documented.  Improving creative reasoning through immersion in the “wild” calming the mind and allowing us to “feed the good wolf” with positive thoughts.  The lion and the tiger may be more powerful, however the wolf does not perform in the circus. (unknown)   The “wildness” of nature may be the best place to “feed the good wolf” moving us away from performing in the circus.

Hopium for the masses.

 


Most people understand hope as wishful thinking, as in I hope something will happen. The biblical definition of hope is confident expectation.                                

Hope
Hopium everywhere

         

We often say I hope it will rain today, I hope my car will start, I dream my children will grow up with good morals.  Has the confident expectation gone now.?  Since we can’t believe anyone anymore, what’s gone wrong, why are we feeling this way.?   What happened to a hand shake that signified trust in the completion of a promise.?   It was never perfect but the feeling was there that it could  be.  Are we hooked on hope instead of being eager for evidence.  Information is knowledge and knowledge is power to make decisions.  Helping to keep dreams under control.

Living.

 I want to have a fantastic time on my next hike, that’s my hope.  If I don’t use the knowledge I have, to plan and prepare myself physically.  Also evaluating all my equipment and making sure it compliments what I’m trying to achieve.  Then I will be living in a fantasy that everything will work out, by a magical force known as luck. It’s the belief that something is possible, and that is enough.  It’s not based on reliable data that results in trust, that the enterprise will work.  It can lead to despair as we become more confused in an ever changing world.   

Technology.                                                                                                                                           

I find myself hoping that I will be able to work things out.  Due to  moving from a product based, to a service based society.  Technology is moving us from a static to a liquid ever moving paradigm. While I feel like a perpetual “newbie” always trying to understand another add on.  Due to an already confusing technological market place.  I’m hoping that when I unpack my next item out of the box, installation will just happen and not expect input from me to solve any problems that may happen. Problems are not confined to technology, hope can quickly lead to failure in many areas.  While we are being encouraged to become solo entrepreneurs, many of us are finding the transition difficult to deal with.  Due to competition, businesses have never been easier to start, but failure rates are high.

Business.

Hope
Hopium in different places

 We’re not just hiking, we’re scrambling into business.  Be your authentic self, live the dream, follow your passion, that’s all you need to succeed.  I hope it works, I hope it makes money, with very little research and development, then hope is all we are often left with.  Grounding in essential business practice, as in anything else we attempt to do, takes away or lessens the need for hope.

Recognizing

Hope, is an emotion that isn’t found in our facial expressions.  Happiness, sadness, fear, anger, exhaustion, focus, surprise, shame and confusion, can all be readily identified.  It’s part of a smaller group of emotions that are often overlooked.  So they are harder to study, so they are not often written about.  If it could be seen more as confident expectation, we may be able to recognize that hope, while being a tremendously uplifting emotion, when needed in difficult moments.  Can be damaging if we just dream that things will be alright without the discipline and commitment.

Hard to find.

Hope is harder to find as a member of the grey community, being bombarded with change is very unsettling. Due to values and assumptions being constantly questioned.  We often look back to a past that was slower and less unpredictable.  Younger people growing up and individuals working and living in this state of constant change, are also looking to the future and finding it harder to find.  As the pace and financial constraints become tougher.  Hope is harder to find in a fast changing world but far from impossible, looking in different places through a different lense may help.

                                                                                                                                                            

Rewilding humans and nature.

Rewilding principals.

A Forest Monks program is offered by the rewilding university based in Wisconsin USA.  Also intensive training in ancestral skills, mental and emotional strength, primal fitness and much more.  Furthermore a less practical version that entails, joining an online community of monks who explore the connection with nature and self.  Rewilding, is the latest craze in the health and fitness world, its all about living a feral lifestyle.  Also this lifestyle may bring you back into sync with nature.  Probably making you healthier and happier than you ever thought possible.

There is a promise to rewild  your taste buds and access your nourish sense.  As a result the body uses it’s own natural ability to know what is good to eat for health.  Not relying on prescription drugs to solve chronic health issues, wild food, herbal and mushroom based medicines are often used.  Criminals are locked up to rehabilitate them back into society. It’s only after we become domesticated, that we are more capable of unnatural acts.  Most of all these show up as prejudices violence, greed and selfishness that seem to characterize modern society.

Human experience.Rewilding

The truth is, rewilding is more about inner change than outer change, but this can present a problem.  As we move further into an urban, technological future, we move further away from the natural forces that shape our minds.  How do we get back in touch with them?  The human rewilding model suggests that with an increasing awareness of nature, we start to remember where we came from. We forge a connection with our inner essential being. Our experience of nature is being changed by technology as we experience nature second hand through a variety of screens.  Wild walk apps are starting to appear on our phones.  With articles that advise on how to do it  with regard to walking in nature.

What you need.

What you need  for a thirty minute walk heading into the wilderness.  Wear hiking boots, trails can be uneven, watch out for your weak ankles, carry water, a first aid kit, find your adventurous spirit, with endless products to buy.  Another piece of  sound advise, but for a thirty minute hike!  Since how far are we going into the wilderness?   Another sign of social correctness gone to far, trying to wrap us in a warm fluffy blanket.

Back to nature.

Rewilding, can have many forms, we can’t all go back to nature as many of us feel the need to, it’s not practical, luckily for nature.  The rewilding experience that’s on offer at various locations, can help us to see things through a slightly different wilding lens.  Many wild animals make the transition to establish their homes in our civilized environment.  Hence they still retain their wildness, foraging for food and shelter, but their footprint is not as heavy, or as pervasive as ours.  Most of the time in our busy lives we never encounter them. Unless we consciously observe them on rare occasions.  Can we be in nature and not be noticed?  As each generation passes, we move farther away from our wild beginnings.  Rewilding and many other disciplines recognize, that emersion of any kind in nature, can only help the human spirit.

“Wild” into nature.

“Rewilding Australia” aims to improve the trajectory for Australian wildlife, and increase ecosystem resilience to future threats.  Part of this rewilding is introducing native species back into the wild.  Most countries around the world are attempting similar programs. In addition, nature has to be preserved for itself and for the benefit of future generations. Rewilding humans or introducing wild animals back into nature can only be a good thing, together it might make a profound difference.

Is the soft blanket attempt the right solution? making it more inviting for everybody.  The less serious should be encouraged to walk around the park.  While still walking for half an hour but carry less equipment.  Consequently they won’t roll their ankle on uneven ground, or need  to carry a first aid kit.  Propaganda is often used with great effect, propaganda needs to be used now to try and keep the wild in nature.  “Keep out” rewilding in progress.

Routines to form good habits.

Bad Routines.

Routines are tasks, chores or duties done regularly, often mechanically performed. Therefore, as most of us are creatures of habit, we develop routines which can be detrimental.  So which habits are good for us?  How many of them cause difficulties in our lives and the relationships with the people around us?  It can difficult for older people to change routines, that have become embedded, over time. While being comfortable and set in our ways is familiar to us, we avoid fear and fearful situations. Therefore when we find comfort, there is little incentive to change.

Effort to change.

While small habits are easier to change, entrenched habits require effort. As a result it can take up to 20 years or more to develop a bad habit, therefore it can take a significant amount of time to unlearn.  My own personal experience is, embedded routines and habits can be changed relatively quickly.  Also this depends on how much attention we are willing to invest in changing them.

Changing routines.

Getting my body in shape, was foundational, hiking started the transformation. I needed to walk as part of a rehabilitation program, starting with walking five days a week.  Although this routine was random, as long as I walked for 1 to 2 hours everyday.   Since passion follows engagement my health and fitness started to improve.  In addition being professional, in contrast to being amateur, changing a detrimental routine or habit with a professional approach.

Research has to happen to get a broad perspective and to understand the nuances of the problem, to be resolved.  Multi level changes didn’t seem to work, concentrating on one change first, mastering  that change and using it as a stepping stone to the next routine change, seemed to work better for me.  Various studies show that changing a routine, takes between 30 to 60 days of immersion in that new routine.  That’s an arbitrary time frame and could be completely wrong, depending on the person.  The magnitude of the new routine and the commitment to change are reflected in our personalities.

Hiking routines.

Game theory is one way of studying how an individual or group makes a strategic choice.  The outcome is the result of a particular set of choices, pay off is the benefit associated with particular outcomes. Fitness and health are the foundations they become the game as new strategies are put in place.  My walk had to have a designated time slot, 6am start, five days a week, increasing to seven.   In the initial stages, the alarm clock was on the other side of the room, forcing me to get out of bed.  Hiking shoes and socks were ready to go and clothes near at hand.  My phone charged, loaded with I pod talks relating to performance and growth, water bottle ready, cap on and out the door.

Have I chosen the right talk to listen to this morning? that’s the only question.  It’s early morning quiet and peaceful, walking around the cemetery, my thoughts turn to people who are no longer part of my life.  This routine has been going on for a few years now, longer hikes and travel have been the only interruptions.

Health routines.

A conscious routine of staying in shape and listening to inspirational talks, meditation and other disciplines, worked for me.  This has been the catalyst to change routines that were detrimental to me.  Most bad routines and habits start in our head and have to be changed there.  Gratitude for everything I have in my life, and the opportunity to hike in nature everyday, has helped me see things differently.  Leading to new routines that have become the building blocks to change.

Challenges.

We are living in a world where change is inevitable, so we realize that we are living in uncertain times.  So all challenges help us to grow, when we grasp this, everything can be looked at as just temporary.  Unfortunately we become overwhelmed with problems, finding it hard to believe they are temporary.  So we need to realize that with time, most things that seem overwhelming will get better. Furthermore negative habits and routines start in our minds, so our mind is where they need to be changed.  Therefore tackling the mind body connection, is the first step in changing routines that no longer serve us.

Routines and good habits
Good routines

Minimalism to find a happier life.

Minimalism.

Minimalism is a tool to rid yourself of life’s excesses  in favor of focusing on what’s important. Allowing yourself to find happiness, fulfilment, and freedom in more simple pleasures.  The minimalists to their 4 million fans, try to help people live more meaningful lives with less.  Helping by engaging in their website, books, podcast and documentary film minimalism.  Using intentionality, a clarity of purpose and the removal of everything that distracts us from these ideals. Modern culture has bought into the lie that the good life is found in accumulating things. More is better as we have inadvertently subscribed to the idea that happiness can be purchased at a department store.  Minimalism, is freedom from the passion to possess, freedom from modern mania and freedom from duplicity

Counter culture.

A counter culture, about the internal and not the external.  Minimalism is helping people find freedom in their heart and soul, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God. Is this the gospel of minimalism, consumerist self sacrifice, as people who have it all, now seem to prefer having not much at all.  Minimalism was popularized in the 1960’s as an insult, in an essay for an art magazine.  Describing a group of artists whose work was characterized by “minimal art content” that is lack of art, now stylishly austere it seems, is minimalist.

On the trail.

Long distance backpacking is synonymous with minimalism, an escape from mental and physical clutter.  When you step onto the trail with only what is on your back, you tend to gain insight as to what is really important in life.  Minimalism takes place again as you gain experience through hiking, using gear to hike, not hike to use gear.  The simple act of hiking can only be enjoyed, when your not worrying about how heavy the gear is on your back.  Days don’t end in exhaustion and you are able to enjoy the simple pleasures in life.  Like watching the sunset and listening to the wind in the trees when you stop to rest for the night.

Experience.

Decreasing pack weight, when trying to lose  ounces becomes expensive.  You need everything you have, so the only option is to look for lighter items as replacements.  These can be expensive, as lighter items are usually more high tech.  The minimalistic experience, is in the nature of the trail as well, every place you see you will likely never see again.  Every person you meet, will never share this space again, there are no comparisons to each other, there is no time or inclination to judge or consider.

Questions to answer.

The premise, is that minimalism brings freedom and joy, if we only attain the right things.   Forsaking  everything else, to be free from the constraints of our desires.  Has the concept of minimalism been high jacked again, as it was from the art world of the sixties.  Is minimalism an arrogance, providing  another all encompassing answer, while not encouraging individuals to ask their own deeper questions.  Maybe it’s a hangover from pre-recession excess, Mac-mansions, S.U.V’s and cocktail parties, medicine we had to swallow anyway.   Minimalism just makes the medicine easier to swallow as we feel better with less.   Some of the almost in touch rich are joining in, asking their own questions.  How much can we own and still be minimalistic, have I got rid of the wrong things?

Technology

Technology is creating a minimalist genre that I must admit does have appeal.  Carrying a small bag of clothes, and a small backpack containing a lap top, I-pad and a smart phone.  Not owning a home or a car, staying in Airbnb’s and traveling the world having experiences, intelligent labor with no physical labor.  Physical stresses on the body from twisting and turning on a difficult trail, seem to concentrate the chemicals that effect the brain in the body.  This reduces the need to concentrate on mental processes, helping to clarify our thinking abilities.  If I can somehow get that pack weight down and accommodate some minimalist technology, then the next town I go through on the trail, can be my office for a few hours.  I’m asking my own question, am I an authentic minimalist now?                                                                                                                                                     Minimalism

Lamborghini Veneno

 Lamborghini veneno.

This Lamborghini is focused on aerodynamics and stability, a racing prototype, yet fully certified for road use.  A  limited addition automobile, it accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 2.9 seconds and has a top speed of 355 km/h.  We can never hope to attain that speed, but in many ways the human body has many common elements. The car and the human body convert energy in the form of petrol, and fuel to allow both to perform at optimum levels.

Energy.

Fuel and petrol are turned into energy and extracted as waste through the human digestive tract and the car exhaust system.  The Lamborghini requires special maintenance and servicing to look after to protect a substantial investment.  Bodywork is buffed to keep the car shiny and pleasing to the eye, top of the range fuels are used to keep the engine in excellent condition.  The proud owners car is admired and photographed by an adoring public.

Complexity.

It can be contrasted with the human machine, but it doesn’t come close to the most complex machine in the known universe.  The human brain itself makes the most advanced computer, a toy by comparison.  We have an integrated system, that can’t be fully understood or compared to a Lamborghini on a serious scientific level.  We only have one body, yet many of us don’t respect or have any conception of the awesomeness of that body.

Treatment.

Why don’t we treat our body with the same respect we are willing to bestow on a luxury car?   We treat our body like a rental car, revving it and filling up with cheap and nasty fuels. Checking under the hood, hardly ever happens but we still expect high performance every day.   Our mind garden can also be full of weeds and negative thoughts implanted by friends and family and the latest gossip on social media.  Or are some of us treating our mind like a luxury car, the garden weeded, tended and fed positive thoughts.

Health costs.

Perhaps the reason is cost and the need to maintain that investment.  In contrast our bodies are free and perhaps as a result, we take them for granted.  Is cost the only consideration, or is it laziness when we choose fast food, which is highly processed and contains large amounts of carbohydrates, added sugar, unhealthy fats, and salt.  When fast food, frequently replaces nutritious food in our diet, it can lead to a variety of health problems. In general we are getting, obese and less healthy, big corporations with large marketing budgets are out to get us.   Optimal health is not being considered as they sell us well packaged food and drink with little nutritional value.

Good energy.

Intrinsically, we know what is good fuel for our body.  We hardly need to ask a health question when comparing a tub of ice cream with fresh fruit.  Other comparisons may be more difficult as  we work towards better health. Lets not forget where we came from.  For thousands of years, we have evolved eating and drinking directly from nature.  We didn’t just come from nature we are nature.  Everything we do becomes us, there is nothing more important than what we eat, drink and think about.

Remembering.

The rare Lamborghini Verona has been recalled, auto magazine reported in March 2016.   Fuel system faults could lead to fires, “particular maneuvers” could cause vapors to come in contact with hot gasses.  Whether it’s cars or health, the best repair is the one you never make.  The majority of men easily remember their first car, but do not remember when they last went to the doctor for a check up.  Whether its a Lamborghini or a hire car we don’t own, there is one key difference, you can buy, rent or lease another car.

Lamborghini veneno
Treat your body like a sports car not a hire car

Human doing or human being

Human doing or human being

Human beings, are the poorest clumsiest excuse of all the creatures that inhabit the earth. He has to be coddled and housed and swathed and bandaged and upholstered to be able to live at all, he is a rickety sort of thing , anyway you take him, a regular British Museum of infirmities and inferiorities.” Mark Twain.”         

These infirmities and inferiorities frequently cause suffering in older people.  Insufficiently dealing with these issues can result in crises and psychological disorders.  Integrating these issues of aging into the understanding of life can contribute to personal maturity.  Precious time is lost following goals deemed worthy by society, instead of pursuing our own authentic desires.

Realization.

All these goals, are insuring the smooth functioning of society and not enriching life as a unique human being.   This doesn’t make us worthless, it just makes this aspect of western culture worthless. We can’t allow ourselves to be overtaken by a domestication process. Existential thoughts can lead people to question their existence, resulting in unsettled responses to these questions. Existential thoughts are not just confined to older people, they can happen at any age, even in young children.

Domestication.

The domestication process, begins with parents and teachers, it’s not their fault, they only teach, what they have learned.  Forces all around us, family, friends, and the media also conspire to keep us domesticated.  Unnatural behaviors often develop in wild animals when they are domesticated.  So these behaviors in us can also be striking, as we become distanced from our natural environment.  Often we demonstrate the consequences of domestication, as we question the meaning of our existence.  While we are  haunted with feelings that our culture is verging on insanity or blindness.

Feeling alone

It seems that no-one understands us, are we are still being manipulated to be a doer rather than just being.  If you seek to understand the whole universe, you will understand nothing at all.  While if you seek to understand yourself, you will understand the whole universe.  The domestication process has separated us from our true human nature.  So we believe that mind and nature operate independently of each other.  The premise of what interests my organization or society is the only consideration.

Psychology.

Theodore Roszak, a professor of history who had already coined the term counterculture.  Who went on to Publish a manifesto in which he strongly criticized modern psychology, for neglecting the primal bond between man and nature.  He argued that  “All that lies beyond the citified psyche has seemed of no human relevance or perhaps too frightening to think about.” Society contrasts  a growing unease with our state of nature,  Nature deficit disorder, eco-anxiety and eco-paralysis are part of this unease. We as humans are hard wired to interact with nature.  Eco-therapy conducts psychological sessions outdoors, as patients perspectives often change with restorative benefits.  Nature provides a live and wild environment not under control, this often leads to a revelatory experience.

Choices.

being a human being
Humans doing

Mark Twain was right, we are a regular British museum of infirmities and inferiorities.  Therefore we are often happy and sad, crying and laughing at the same time, with too many choices for our wellbeing.  Hiking in nature helps me to recognize these feelings, it’s not the only way, but it works for me.  The majority of our human existence has been, within nature as Hunter gatherers.  Whether we believe in creation or evolution it doesn’t matter, this wild state of human nature can’t be denied.  While we can’t all go back to living in caves, as there’s not enough caves to cater for everyone.  Rather that’s not to say, that many of us wouldn’t like to have the experience again.

Rubbish and erosion

Rubbish and erosion.

While hiking on the local tracks I have become aware of the erosion that is taking place as more people use the tracks for recreational use. Rubbish and vandalism is another problem.  An old mattress dumped and boxes of old clothes, obviously didn’t drop out of some one’s pocket by mistake, it was a conscious act.  I’m sure there will be lots of  reasons to  justify this behavior, as there usually is nowadays. Empty fast food boxes and discarded beer cans say the same thing, it’s easy to pick up, or is it just laziness. I know the tracks are not there just for my benefit, they are there to be shared.  The erosion from trail bikes can only make matters worse.  Erosion can’t be put in a bin or taken down to the local landfill

Close to the road.

The tracks are relatively close to roadways, so they become an easy target for abuse.  A closeness to the public, who will not be using the tracks for there intended purpose. If your there to enjoy nature and an experience out of the everyday.  Then you will not want to bring a sense of the everyday into nature. Is there a naïve mindset taking place that see’s nature as a benevolent parent.  Nature is harsh and inhospitable at times, it can also be inviting as well.  Is a form of escapism the thing we are really looking for.  Or is it a sign that someone is less in love with nature, than out of love with society.

Hiking Etiquette.

Green science can be learned by hikers to protect nature, hiking etiquette is quite obvious in straight forward ways.  “Take you litter home” “keep on the pathway” bury human waste at least 200 feet from water sources or campsites.  The not so obvious, take your used toilet paper with you, at the other end of the scale, but just as valuable.  Clothing without natural earth colors, can be seen from miles away. This can contribute to a crowded feeling on the trail.

Encouragement to not litter.

The Hong Kong government has taken the bold step of removing litter bins from certain hiking trails on a trial basis.  This sounds a bit backward, but over filled bins where rubbish was blowing everywhere and foraging animals was adding to a serious problem.  Posters at the entrances urge hikers to take their crap home with them.  Nature ambassadors, along with park rangers try to enforce the trail laws.  Variations of this concept are going on in many other places around the world.  These hiking trails are referred to as “country parks”  that can attract up to 11 million visitors a year.  This is  a huge volume by any standards.

The West Highland Way.

The “West Highland Way” in Scotland, while not attracting millions of visitors every year, is still a very popular hike.  The trail is crowded at certain peak seasonal periods, which creates its own issues. The trail is 95 miles, therefore it’s not a “park” and can’t be policed in the same way.  Most of the organized groups have leaders that understand nature etiquette.  Individual hikers maybe not so much, but there were no signs of serious littering. The erosion of the track in certain areas is particularly bad especially when traversing the edge of Loch Lomond.  Though not very far from civilization, it’s extremely inaccessible and problematic to repair or to regenerate in a successful way.

Repairs.

Closing the trail for repairs or regeneration, would take away the ambition and self glory of completing a very iconic hike.  A badge on one of my bags says “I walked the West Highland Way,” that’s the problem, I’m part of that problem. Not wanting to go home and say that I nearly completed the trail but not quite, it just wouldn’t sound right. Unfolding that concept, is a work in progress for an older newbie who still has things to learn.

Everest.

Vanity, ambition and self glory are creating problems on the slopes of Everest, the worlds highest mountain.  These concepts are driving individuals seeking publicity, a very dangerous combination in a potential “death zone.”  Death on the lower slopes and on the slope to the summit have not gone up, but haven’t come down either.  Not withstanding the earth quake that claimed so many lives in 2015.

Clean ups.

Clean up’s have collected tons of rubbish, empty oxygen bottles, lost and abandoned gear also remain scattered on the peak.  Lack of a solid waste management system, has for decades seen expedition members emptying their bowels wherever they could.  Human feces has accumulated in the snow, with streams of excrement periodically regurgitated by the glaciers on the mountain.  Most disturbing, are the corpses which can’t be safely removed.  Some corpses have been there for years and have become part of the landscape.

Glory seekers.

The rubbish at the top of the world is caused by humans and has roots in the culture of ambition and self glory.  Client climbers are part of a high altitude business, capitalizing on dreams of triumph among a relatively inexperienced, but wealthy elite. Client climbers breath bottled oxygen for much of the climb, it’s been said that without artificial means, many hikers and climbers, wouldn’t stand a chance of making it to the summit.  Purists say that using bottled oxygen is lowering the height of the mountain.  Tighter regulations in a relatively poor country could lead to a sharp decrease in the number of hikers trekking the Everest region, striking a huge blow to the local economy.  Imposing more stringent controls is understandable but have been pushed to one side.

Local hikes may be the answer.

rubbish and erosion
As the volume of people increases so will the rubbish

From local tracks that have problems with rubbish and erosion on a small scale.   To countries that have vast amounts of hikers needing  to contain huge amounts of rubbish and erosion.  Issues can only be solved out of nature within the public realm,  money is part of the problem and part of the answer.   Attaining  a sensory experience within nature, in a natural environment, will be progressively harder to find.  Going back to the local tracks around your area, could the answer. I would encourage you not to tell everyone about your plans, you may need signs and extra bins, or a smart strategy to take care of your once quiet track