Here, you will find a chronicle of our adventures. These trips are the reason we make the products we make, to allow us and you to push ourselves to even greater achievements. Please note that the stories found here depict our endeavors as they happened and without much polish to the rough edges.
Aiming big so you'll be cool even if you fail & why the hell you should do it
I sat on a large rock watching as the clouds rolled into the valley below me and waited for my pot of snow to melt and boil. I went trough my stock of supplies again and poured some couscous into the hot water. It wasn't as much as I had hoped for, about a large handful, but I couldn't spare more. I had still about half a liter of roughed soy left but I was out of peanuts, pasta, muesli and most importantly, out of chocolate. It was time to go home.
I was still on the slopes of Mount Solitary which meant I was nowhere near my original goal. I was however in a position to get myself out of the wilderness by paddling across the Dusky Sound peninsula and then taking a short 50km walk along the Dusky track, a well enough marked footpath which saw some other hikers besides myself as well. I had decided to take this route out a few days back and since then had been taking it a bit easier as I had acknowledged that I had aimed higher than what I was able to achieve.
As I begun walking along the marked trail I started expecting the moment another person would stroll into the view around a corner. It turned out dusky track didn't have quite so many people on it. Having walked the track for two days I spotted a hut along the way and decided to go see if someone was around, I knocked on the door and entered, empty. I thought I might as well use the hut as a place to prepare my dinner and as I put a handful of couscous from my meager supplies to soak in water I heard footsteps outside the hut. The door opened and a young man and a woman walked in.
Meeting other people for the first time for nearly a month is a rather interesting experience. At first you just jump on the sound of speech, then it's time for a kind of awkward silence since you're not that used to speaking to others beside yourself and after you get the hang of it, you just let it all out and can't stop babbling. It's hard to describe the feeling but in a way, meeting those people was the most rewarding moment of the whole trip. On the other hand, it was kind of a sorry moment since I knew it marked the end of my adventure.
The last days of walking along the Dusky Track were filled with mixed feelings. On one hand I was still kind of disappointed for not being able to make my original goal but on the other hand I was quite proud of having spent 28 days alone in the bush. I was also feeling somewhat uncertain on how it would feel to have other people around again. I even started worrying about my ragged appearance. Most of all however I was feeling high levels of anticipation for laying down the backpack for good and stuffing myself with fresh food. As I crossed the final saddle between me and Spey river taking me to the power plant I had set as my exit point, I decided to inflate my packraft and join rest of the world with style cruising down the river. That turned out well… I capsized my packraft and in the process lost one of my shoes. I did find the shoe at the river mouth eventually but my dripping wet, one shoed entrance to the power plant visitor center was not the most dignified moment of my life. Then again, there was a water bus ride to hot showers and cold beer so I didn't give a damn really.
Although I didn't reach my original goals I still maintain that my aim was not set too high. If you don't aim high you won't reach your limits and even if you fall short of your goal by giving your best, you'll still end up doing cooler stuff than you would have if you settled for the easy option in the first place. I guess my point is that we should aim higher than what we think we can achieve. Only this way can we outdo ourselves and at least for me, it is precisely the feeling of finding my own limits that makes journeys like this worth doing.