Welcome to the Unglamorous Adventurer, a blog meant to help all of us appreciate nature more fully. My name is Saeward, and I’m a nature lover and a professional writer. Over the course of 8 seasons, I’ve professionally guided humans ranging from 4 to 85 years old as they enjoy activities such as hiking, kayaking, canoeing, climbing, dogsledding, beachcombing, camping, swimming, sitting, and more.
I created this blog because I believe our culture has an overly narrow view of nature. We see it as something separate from us, something to be achieved or conquered. In this humans vs. nature worldview, outdoor adventure is defined as a set of expensive, “badass” activities that are usually enjoyed by the most privileged members of society.
We admire people who set athletic records, summit tall mountains, cross continents, catch bigger fish, camp longer, and stuff like that. We see the “best” wilderness as something so remote that relatively few humans can access it. Which is more valued in our culture, lying in your grassy backyard counting the dandelions, or getting a helicopter drop-off on top of a Patagonian peak and then carving a line through fresh powder? Our culture values one of those activities way more than the other, and I want to help all of us lead a more fulfilled life by challenging that value system.
Of course, that doesn’t mean we should stop climbing mountains, scaling cliffs, paddling whitewater, catching big fish, or exploring remote forests. These experiences are all amazing. Instead, we should expand this idea of adventure to include more: more nature, more activities, more humans.
My blog’s view of outdoor recreation is something that anyone can enjoy, even if they’re simply walking the streets of their hometown. When we open our eyes to the beauty and adventure surrounding us on our commute to work, we can begin to worry less about whether we’re good enough, and think more about how ridiculously amazing pigeons are. Enjoying Nature isn’t an exclusive right of the privileged. If we can reframe our vision of outdoor recreation, we’ll enjoy that walk around the park even more.
Topics that will be covered in the Unglamorous Adventurer:
1. Appreciating Natural Wonders
Learn more cool facts about the amazing nature you likely already experience every day, such as lichens, pigeons, gravel, moss, ants, spiders, trees, humans (we are animals, after all), rats, flies, and so much more.
2. Understanding Ourselves and Our Worldview
How does our culture’s idea of nature compare to the viewpoint of other cultures from around the world? How can we reframe exciting activities and competitions so they’re more inclusive? Where did our idea of wilderness come from? Why is inclusion such a hot topic in the outdoor industry? Who are some role models that can help us appreciate nature in a new way?
3. Inclusive Adventuring
Get ideas for cheap, wacky, accessible forms of outdoor recreation that you can enjoy alone or with all your friends. Learn why sitting in one place for a very long time can actually be pretty extreme adventure.
4. Thoughts for the Future
How can we make our lives more fun and fulfilled? How does an appreciation for badminton help reduce global warming? Can learning cool facts about rats help beautify our lives? We’ll explore these topics and so much more.
Let’s Do This!
Join me on an awesome journey towards a more complete understanding of nature and outdoor recreation. If we work together, we can change this competitive, consumerist approach towards the outdoors into an inclusive, grateful, thoughtful concept of outdoor recreation that will benefit all of us. We humans are part of nature, not separate from it. When we really try to apply that, we realize it’s a revolutionary idea.