REI blog post nails the spiritual side of outdoor recreation

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Climbing the classic Wheat Thin in Yosemite National Park, circa 1997.
Climbing the classic Wheat Thin in Yosemite National Park, circa 1997.

If you haven’t checked out the blog posts at REI, this one by Brady Robinson is a great introduction.

Robinson studied philosophy in college and compares the scholastic experience of reading famous thinkers, like Aristotle, to the “hands on” experience of harmonious living in nature, and overcoming struggles.

But he goes beyond just regurgitating the same “nature is healing” mantra that has gained a lot of traction recently.

People build connections to the land through their experiences; the more intense the experience, the more intense the connections. Recreation plants the seeds of future conservation support — today’s fun hog might become tomorrow’s conservationist.

Robinson believes that the reason he is so passionate about nature conservation is because he has had created long-lasting memories outside, whether it was climbing a tree as a child, or failing to climb the south-east face of K7– the memories fueled how he approached decisions about his future.

Check out the post here: https://medium.com/opt-outside/the-solace-of-vertical-places-f4d1755fde0c#.drdq5tow3