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6 Mantras Adventure Travellers Live By


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


            Great mantras! Mine has always been "Cover the earth before it covers you." :)
            Posted @ Wednesday, November 07, 2012 1:54 PM by Raymond @ Man On The Lam
            On especially steep climbs I end up repeating 'Good for your ass, good for your lungs!'
            Posted @ Tuesday, November 13, 2012 8:38 PM by Stephanie Stika
            Great mantras, Raymond & Stephanie. Thanks for sharing! 
            For me, it's 'this too will pass...' 
            Happy trails, 
            Posted @ Friday, November 16, 2012 6:56 PM by Ellen Barone
            I stole it from Latitudes & Attitudes, but we've used it many a time, originally offshore sailing. Now it's anytime we're traveling and things are going to hell in a handbasket.  
            "It's not an ordeal, it's an adventure."
            Posted @ Friday, November 16, 2012 8:49 PM by Sylvia Fox
            Love it, Slyvia. Will adopt it for sure. Thanks for passing along the wisdom. 
            Posted @ Monday, November 26, 2012 10:30 AM by Ellen Barone
            Before a strenuous trip I typically promise myself I'm going to "train." Then I get too busy getting ready, so the training rarely happens. On a canoe trip through Quetico Provincial Park in southern Ontario, my arms felt so tired after paddling less than an hour, I was worried when I realized I had to keep lifting and moving the paddles all day. What saved me toward the end: imaging that the paddles were light as feathers. Lifting feathers was not nearly as hard.  
            Posted @ Tuesday, November 27, 2012 9:58 AM by Sally McKinney
            What a brilliant solution, Sally, for getting yourself through a difficult adventure! 
            Clever you. Thanks for sharing. 
            Posted @ Thursday, November 29, 2012 12:11 PM by Ellen Barone
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