Man's indomitable spirit of adventure has been in existence from the very beginning. George Mallory's simple response "Because it's there!" to a query about his relentless pursuit to conquer Mt. Everest, says it all. One can see how adventure has remained sewn into the fabric of man -

 

 

Prehistoric Times

Man's subsistence was dependent on hunting for food and protection from the dangers to life. Adventure was part of daily nomadic life

 

8000 BC to 1800 AD

Adventure lay in discovery of and travel to new lands in search of trade & spiritualism, for crusades, on marauding campaigns and for colonization. Alexander the Great, the Roman Legions, Hsuan-Tsang and Marco Polo are a few examples of such adventurism.

19th & 20th Centuries

The period saw expeditions to discover passage to the North & South Poles, conquest of the mighty Himalayas, circumnavigation of earth by air, sea and land. Most of these expeditions were initiated in support archaeological, scientific and military research. Captain John Ross, Thor Heyerdahl, the Wright Brothers, Sir Edmund Hillary and our own Tenzing Norgay are legends of this era. Adventure took a different meaning - to test the limits of human endurance.

Adventure Stories

The first Adventure stories can be traced to The Iliad and The Odyssey, the epics written by the poet, Homer (9th or 8th Century BC). In fact the origins could go back even further to the Ice Age cave paintings depicting scenes of hunting and battles. Who has not been enchanted with the stories of King Arthur and the Round Table, and the comic romantic Don Quixote? Intense adventure writers like Sir Walter Scott, Jules Verne, Robert Louis Stevenson, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Rudyard Kipling characterized the 19th century. The romance of adventure has been captured for generations to come.

Adventure Therapy

Right from early 1800s the medical fraternity began to realize the benefits of adventure activities as a therapy for patients. Exposure to natural environment and camping, it was found, had a healing effect for mental illness, juvenile delinquency, TB, etc. In the 2nd half of the 20th century organized efforts were made to provide outbound, challenger and adventure courses especially for adolescents. Adventure activities have been used as a means to develop virtues such as compassion, inventiveness, and tenacity and help realize moral responsibilities towards the human community and the natural environment. With the advent of adventure sports, adventure therapy entered the corporate world. Outdoor learning has been found to be an effective training medium to develop team spirit, leadership skills, motivation, confidence, interpersonal skills and to manage stress. Meet Dr. Adventure, your friendly, fun-loving, outdoor physician!

Adventure Sports

Highest, deepest, furthest are no longer challenges, no more an adventure in the pioneering sense. The climbing of Mt. Everest does not make as much news today. Nevertheless it still remains a test of human endurance and continues to attract hordes of adventure tourists annually from across the globe. However, expeditions to the major peaks in the Himalayas would require substantial resources in terms of men, money and time. In today's environment of high-pressure, competitive working atmosphere, lack of novelty and scarcity of time - it has become difficult to mobilize these resources. But as Alfred North Whitehead, 1861-1947, British Mathematician & Philosopher truly said - "Without adventure civilization is in full decay". Man does require his regular quota of adventure to survive. The origin of Adventure Sports, probably, lies in this need to strive and achieve.

"Leadership.....Trekking.....Camping.....Team.....Communications.....Rafting.....Change.....Stress.....Climbing....!

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