We asked Endurance Adventurer and all round Superhero Sean Conway to share some of his top tips for people looking to bring some adventure to their lives. Every week we’ll be adding more of his words of wisdom, so follow us on social media @PYAdventures or Facebook @PowerYourAdventures to read the latest every Tuesday (9 May – 13 June).
Tip No.5 – 6 June ‘17
Get equipped: Having the right kit will not only make your goal more obtainable and comfortable it may also just save your life so it’s worth taking the time to get it right. Think about food, drink and shelter, are you carrying this with you or sourcing this as you go? What tech will you need? How will you stay in touch? How will you be keeping your tech charged up and ready if you’re off grid? I rely on my FREELOADER SiXER solar battery pack and Supercharger booster panel that goes everywhere with me. You’ll also want to look at the weight of your kit, particularly relevant if you’re lugging it round with you, even the smallest reduction in weight can make a difference. Oh, and don’t forget your mascot, I simply won’t leave home without little flying cow!
Tip No.4 – 30 May ‘17
Get support: A support team is critical to the success of any adventure, they can provide much more than physical support, don’t forget that the nature of an adventure is facing sometimes less than ideal conditions and situations full on, even when you feel least equipped to deal with them. The moral support provided by friends and family is priceless; it can just make that difference when your positivity and enthusiasm is wavering. I also love the online support I get, it’s always great to know there are people out there as interested and enthusiastic as me about the things I share. I never feel alone even when I am camped out under a soggy tarpaulin in the middle of nowhere.
Tip No.3 – 23 May ‘17
Get fit: Before you head out and start pushing yourself physically it’s worth having a medical check up to make sure you’re ready. I spend around 6 months training for each of my adventures, this is a critical time that lays the foundations for a successful trip, just thinking about your goal should be motivation enough to get you out training but it will also help to involve your friends and family, ask them to accompany you on daily/weekly activities even if it’s purely in a supportive role and track your progress together.
Tip No.2 – 16 May ‘17
Planning: Planning Prevents Peril! Safety should be paramount so you need to consider the geographical, physical, cultural, meteorological and political climate of the environment you’re heading to, get on the phone and speak to experts and the people in the know, if for example you’re heading out to sea you’ll need to know about currents, tidal patterns, marine life and weather. Make sure you let a trusted friend or family member in on your plans so that they can raise the alarm if you don’t make your daily check point.
Tip No.1 – 9 May ‘17
Where do I start? 'Right here! Adventure is a mindset you can choose to live your life with or without. You just need a little aspiration, find something you want to do but have never had the opportunity, guts (or both) to reach for. It really doesn’t matter how big or small the challenge just so long as you feel that little flutter of excitement and anticipation when you think of what lies ahead. Last but by no means least it has to be something you’ll enjoy, at least some of the time!'