Beyond Adventure: An Inner Journey
Beyond Adventure looks beyond the excitement of adventure and exploration through the author's inner journey and investigates the relationship of man and nature and draws lessons for the modern world.Colin Mortlock's previous book, The Adventure Alternative, was written in 1984. In the world of adventure, education and values, it has gained an international reputation. Beyond Adventure is a very different book to its predecessor. It has evolved through the experiences garnered from long solo expeditions in wild places. The inspiration for these journeys initially came from the writings of John Muir. In the course of his journeys Colin came to experience an elusive deep contentment we all instinctively seek. Solitude encouraged reflection. The questing became a search for answers to fundamental questions that face humanity, and for what lay beyond the immediate sensations felt in adventurous situations. What he discovered in the concept of a journey included a sense of the beautiful and a sacredness of place.The author has been described as 'inspirational to work with, to talk with, to know' and also as a 'strange, awkward, shy-stumbling-worded man'. Struggle is evident in his text. It defies categorisation. But throughout the book, his passion for adventure and for the mystery and grandeur of Nature burns brightly. This account of an intensely personal inner journey strikes universal chords. It will appeal to all who love the outdoors and believe there is a unique wisdom to be found in the wild.