Because I like the cold and spend a lot of my time in the world’s most extreme environments, I get asked a wide variety of questions. And while everyone from kindergarteners to CEOs wants me to discuss the finer points of my taking morning constitutional at 40 below, one separate question consistently pops up:
Gizmos are vital. In the outdoors, personal locator beacons provide a crutch in case of emergencies, iPhones allow us to call in late for work when the powder is just that good, digital cameras help us show our moms what the summit really looks like, and GoPros serve as proof that the cliff really was a 50-footer.
The monotonous hustle of getting by can sometimes drown out life. Wants become needs and we go on accumulating and acquiring. Sometimes we dream of escaping to the coast to put our feet in the sand. We imagine ourselves traveling, adventuring, and exploring.