An old friend calls out of the blue. He's got a ticket for you to come down to South America and join in a 5 day hike through a remote section of the Andes Mountains. You'll be carrying a 40 pound pack for 10 miles a day into scenery few have seen. Here is the catch: You have to get on the plane tomorrow. Are you physically capable right now, or will you have to decline because you wouldn't be able to keep up with the group? Are you "Adventure Ready"?
You're walking down the street to the coffeeshop. Suddenly you notice dark smoke puffing out of a window. There is a little girl barely visible through the grey billows. "Help!" She screams at you. A scan the building reveals a pipe running up the side. It would be physically possible to climb that and get a hand on the window frame. But.. can you do it? Or the better question: Could you do it if you were in your peak physical condition? Or will you watch in high anxiety hoping someone else will arrive in time?
Georges Hérbert, a French officer, was stationed in the island of Martinique when a terrible volcanic eruption put several lives in danger. Through his acumen, courage, and physical conditioning he managed to rescue hundreds of people. The event seared into his mind a philosophy: "Be strong to be useful". Georges "Natural Method" of fitness training is about remaining adventure ready.
In our era of passive entertainment it's harder than ever to adhere to this principle. Where could you carve the time out to improve the ability to climb, run, leap, swim, and carry? How much more enriching would hours developing these skills be than hours logged watching a streaming series? How much better would you feel in your body for making the active vs. passive choice? How many more opportunities could you seize if you were adventure ready?
I'm Jonathan Legg
The road has been my greatest teacher.. challenging stagnant beliefs, disarming prejudices, and developing understanding of others. I hope the content on this blog will bring a sliver of that juju to you.