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6 Mantras Adventure Travellers Live By

Posted by Jane Carswell on Mon, Nov 05, 2012

By Ellen Barone

There are those who make daring adventures look easy.

From the outside, nose pressed to their dazzling Instagram photostreams, they seem to knock off one Bucket List adventure after another as easily as the rest of us gain weight.

Of course, there’s more to the story. We all have our challenges.

Recently, I posted a message on Facebook asking intrepid travellers to share what phrases, mantras or courage-inducing methods they use to cope when an adventure heats up.

From song snippets to calling up core beliefs, it was fascinating to discover the ways people talk themselves through a journey. Here are six mantras these adventure travellers live by.

1.  This is awesome. This is fun.Mantras Adventure Travellers live by

    “When I was hiking the North Coast Trail this summer there was an especially difficult day and in my head I had to repeat this for several hours at a time to get through it...This is awesome, this is fun, this is awesome, this is fun....” - Amy MacKinnon

    2.  Would I rather be experiencing this or...?

      " When I'm really scared, I repeat to myself, "this is not the day or the way I'm going to go out." When I'm just nervous, I ask if I would rather be experiencing this or sitting behind a desk. Experiencing it is ALWAYS the answer. " - Josephine Parr

      3. 30 seconds of courage.

      "I hate heights. Oh boy, do I hate heights. And jumping off anything or ziplining will send me into a major panic attack. I try to chant, "30 seconds of courage, I just need 30 seconds of courage, 30 seconds, 30 seconds..." Then I shriek for the world's longest 30 seconds and it's all over and I'm still alive." - Allie Almario

      4.  Trust the gear.

        "Trust the gear" is a mantra I use when things are getting spicy. It helps to know about all the extensive testing that ropes and other gear is put through by the UIAA (International Mountaineering and Climbing Federation). " - Chris Chesak

        5.  Cracklin’ Rosie

          "I remember when I was hiking up the Bright Angel Trail out of the Grand Canyon in 1975. I sang the Neil Diamond song Cracklin' Rosie to myself for about five miles. Not necessarily a good memory . . . " - Rachel Dickinson

          6.  Never give up.

            "Never give up. Always better to die trying than lying down. Or maybe that is just me! " - Peter Syme

             What about you? What mind-tools do you use to get you through an adventure?

            Ellen Barone is a freelance journalist specializing in travel and frequent contributor to the Adventure blog. For the latest travel news, tips, and reviews, visit her website at

            Tags: Adventure Travel, For Fun