“There are only three sports: bullfighting, motor racing, and mountaineering; all the rest are merely games.” ~ Ernest Hemingway
People who are not exposed to hiking and outdoors may have healthy wonderment, unjustified fears, malformed opinions, and outright crazy misconceptions about the sport.
To us hikers these comments seem ridiculous or have nuisance value, but the need of the hour is to educate people around us and to spread the awareness that the following are just misplaced and malformed.
- Why trouble yourselves with so much exertion?
- It takes much resources, time, and money.
- What if you are attacked by a wild animal?
- All the wild animals are out there to kill humans at first sight.
- What if you are caught in a storm or a cloudburst?
- How will you live without food for days?i
- Trekking is for ‘them’ — the crazy ones who have no one to look after and have no loved ones to care about.
- Even if you climb a hill, what will come of it?
- If you don’t summit, it was a waste of time and resource!
- Let’s go just like that, without preparation because I live in the hills so I must always be able to scale.
- There are landslides in the hills! Like all the time.
- Hiking is dangerous because of the horror stories we’ve read in the mass media.
- Stop the silly business of going hiking because married people look after their families instead of wandering off on their own.
- It is a boy’s sport!
- Why torture yourself, now that you earn enough!
- It is a remote place. What if the tribals catch you?!
Leave in comments section what you’ve heard as arguments against being out there with nature.