When going on an adventure, we always put ourselves at risk. There are a thousand ways things can go south when you’re outside and you can only do your best to be prepared for them, never completely eliminate all risks. A good preparation also needs to take into account where you are going and what you are doing. There are different challenges for the human body in hot deserts, in high altitudes or in jungles. Of course, for us aspiring Polar explorers, knowing about the challenges of cold weather and snow is most important.
When I get new gear or learn a new set of skills, I am keen to try that out quickly and put my knowledge into practice. However, there is one notable exception, and that is first aid and emergencies. I sincerely hope I will never have to apply my skills in those areas for real. Unfortunately, hoping you’ll never need to know about it is not an excellent approach to the topic of personal safety. For any kind of adventure, you should put in the time and effort to train for emergencies and to prepare your gear.