Being Part Of The Wilderness; Not Just Surviving It
My friend, author and outdoor educator, Kevin Callan recently added the above film to his YouTube channel
It's a little more serious than many of his offerings but I think it's a great short film which reflects his deep love of wild places and accessing them by canoe.
For me, one of Kevin's comments really stands out:
"It seems nowadays we have more people trying to survive out here, rather than be part of it."
I think this is true; it's in part due to to the largely urban developed-world population's increasing disconnect from nature and, in part, stems from the media's portayal as survival as entertainment.
If you stand back and think about the concept of unadulterated nature being completely alien to most people, you realise how far removed from wilderness we, as a society, have become.
It also illustrates why so many crave more nature in their lives.
The wilds are not somewhere to be feared; they are to be embraced.
Let us know what you think of Kevin's film and message via the comments below...
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Paul Kirtley is owner and Chief Instructor of Frontier Bushcraft. He has had a lifelong passion for the great outdoors and gains great satisfaction from helping others enjoy it too. Paul writes the UK's leading bushcraft blog
as well as for various publications including Bushcraft and Survival Skills Magazine.