The Outdoorsman You’ve Always Wanted To Be: A Guide
Whether you agree with it or not, masculinity is often associated with taking part in outdoor activities and being able to survive in harsh environments. Of course, to start with this can seem very intimidating especially if you don’t know a crampon from a bear trap. However, I’m here to break it down for you into much easier bite-size pieces. Read on to find out more.
Do get tooled up
One thing that can really help you if you want to do more outdoor activities is to get the right tools and kit. Of course, to do this successfully, you will need to investigate the specific activity you will be doing and the equipment you will need for that.
That means is if you hope to provide wild salmon for everyone’s dinner, you need to look into what kind of fishing reel do you use for that type of catch. You will also need to find where you nearest salmon stocked lake is, and research the best lures to get them to bite.
However, if you are looking to impress everyone with your forging skills, knowledge is more important that items. In fact you will need to research into which type of plants and mushroom that are edible before you set out. Of course, it goes without saying here that this is something that can be hugely dangerous if you don’t get it right, so it’s always best to err on the side of caution if you are not 100% sure.
Lastly, if woodwork is how you want to show off you manly prowess, then it can be well worth your while investigating some simple hand tools to start things off. The benefit of these is that they can be taken with you on your adventures. Something that will allow you to whittle and carve while in the wilderness. Then if you want to get some more advanced tools to build up your supply, you can do this and store them in your home or workshop.
Don’t bite off more than you can chew
Now, while it can be tempting to attempt things that you have never done before, especially if you are trying to impress others with your outdoor skills it’s also vital to remain safe! What this means is that it’s OK to say no to things that you don’t think are a good idea.
Yes, all the others may be going over a waterfall in a canoe, but people genuinely get hurt in the wild. That means if you are not confident in your skills or that the activity is a sensible idea it’s, you are entirely within your rights to say no.
Don’t worry too much about impressing people
Guess what? Most people do outdoorsy activities because they actually find them fun, not because it’s something they feel they have to do to prove a point.
What I’m trying to say here is that don’t worry too much about impressing other people! Instead, pick an activity that you are genuinely interested in, and if you discover that you would really rather be tucked up inside with a nice hot cup of cocoa, do that!
After all, masculinity comes in all shapes and sizes, and it’s not worth making yourself miserable to fit into a category that has been outlined by someone else.