Rediscovering Adventure Part 2

Picking up where we left off, James and his newfound team wake up in their wood cabin.

Bog James 4Waking up in a chilly sleeping bag is great for giving you some fresh perspective.

As we awoke, our instructor Rob had already leapt into action. It wasn’t long before he had delegated us all a specific task: collecting kindling, manning the stove and brewing the morning tea are all important tasks to start our day on the right foot.

The breakfast briefing was great, we set out our plan for the day and laughed about the night before; singling out the snorers (it wasn’t me), and identifying the person who didn’t close the door properly!

Overnight, it seemed that our team had become more confident, more outgoing, and more humorous. Many of us had done nothing like this before, and the uncomfortable night’s stay in a cabin helped us to realise that we could go further.

The day that lay before us was one of less trepidation and greater challenge. Rob empowered us with a choice of activities and opportunities. We chose problem solving and rock climbing for the morning and pioneering and camp fire building for the evening.

As we collectively cranked the adventure level up another notch, Rob made sure our level of responsibility matched it, asking us to consider the 5 Ps of team work.

From pilot to participant, passenger to protestor, we all agreed that no one would be a prisoner.  

  • Pilot: Someone who takes lead and guides the team.
  • Participant: Someone who gets involved and actively contributes.
  • Passenger: Someone who is happy to go along for the ride.
  • Protestor: Someone who tries to go a different direction to the rest of the team.
  • Prisoner: Someone who feels trapped and wants to escape.

As the day went on we established our goals and counted our achievements. Whether it was summiting a rock face, pioneering on the beach, or camp fires in the woods we could all look back and see our progression.

The climbing session, in particular, enabled us to use our newfound team work skills. None of us had a head for heights, but everyone was either a pilot or a participant, facing up to their fears and choosing to get involved and support one another.

By the end of the day we were exhausted but proud. From waking up amidst spectacular scenery in a log cabin, to sitting around a camp fire in the late evening, it’s safe to say we’d got more out of the day than we’d ever expected.

As we sat roasting marshmallows, we reflected on the weekend and the challenges that we would face in the future. Rob gave us our final food for thought: 

“Everything we’ve done this weekend hasn’t been about climbing mountains, it’s not been about sleeping in cabins, and it’s not been about rock climbing. It’s been about applying this to real life. If you choose to use some of these skills, some of the commitment and some of the downright tenaciousness you’ve learnt this weekend in other parts of your life… you lot have got a load of potential to go really far.”

Our Outward Bound journey was complete.