How to build the skills you need for adventure

In this post in the series we will talk about how to define and build the technical skills required to complete your adventure safely. This is arguably one of the most important elements in the build up to your adventure as it has a direct impact on your safety during the trip. With any adventure or challenge it is necessary to ensure that you are aware of and fully understand and accept the risks that are involved. Ensuring the safety of yourself and your group should always been your primary concern when taking on any adventure. The challenge will always be there to come back to. Make sure that you come back to take it on again. If you have any doubts about your skills or experience to take on an adventure, you should seek guidance from a qualified guide, instructor or professional in the relevant field.


It is natural to feel afraid and not perform at your best in an unfamiliar environment that you do not have the skills to deal with. A steep ski descent can be a knee trembling experience if you don’t have the skills to make your turns confidently. Conversely if you are appropriately comfortable with your skill level from training and pervious experiences, the whole experience can be a joyful one. There are no short cuts to acquiring and practicing skills. You need to get the training from suitably qualified instructors and put in the hours of practice. Fortunately this can be an enjoyable part of the whole experience. Once in place your skills will provide you with more confidence to deal with the situations that your challenge will present.

Complete the table below to show what skills you need to build in order to complete your challenge successfully. Use it to devise a plan to acquire these skills. Use one row for each skill required.



Skills to deal with challenging situations

It is important to ensure that you have the necessary skills to deal with challenging situations that might arise during your expedition. This is especially so if you will be in a remote area and far from outside assistance. Does everyone in your group have adequate first aid training for example? Is there at least on person in the group who is capable of maintaining and repairing your equipment should it break? Thinking through how you will deal with obstacles, difficulties or emergencies is an important practical as well as mental part of your preparation. Ensuring that you have a plan for how you will deal with problems that may come up will make them seems less daunting and easier to deal with should they occur. Knowing that you have thought about, trained and planned for these eventualities will add to your confidence.

As a group come up with challenging situations that could arise during your trip and discuss how you would deal with each one. For example think what you would do if:

  • You got lost
  • You ran out of water
  • A piece of your equipment breaks
  • Someone has a family emergency at home
  • Etc...


Thanks for reading. I hope that you are well on the way to making your adventure a reality. The next post addresses an issue which can be a make or break for many expeditions - finding funding. 

This is part of a new series of blog posts that I am trying out for 2018. They are all about sharing our expedition and adventure planning experience to help you achieve your own goals and dreams. The aim isn't just to talk advice but to give you tools that you can actually use to make success happen. I would really love to hear how you are making use of it, what adventures you are planning and what you would like to learn more about. If you have found this helpful, please click on the share button below and spread the joy of adventuring :)


For lots more information on making your adventure dreams a reality, check out Katherine's book How to have an Adventure.