An adrenaline junkie is somebody who engages in sensation-seeking behaviour through “the pursuit of novel and intense experiences without regard for physical, social, legal or financial risk”. The term relates to the increase in circulating levels of adrenaline during physiological stress. Such activities include extreme and risky sports, substance abuse, unsafe sex, crime and just about anything that removes you from your comfort zone. Now, while we do not offer the latter three activities, one might well use the terms ‘extreme’ and ‘risky’ to describe what we are all about!
The good news is that you need not be an adrenaline junkie at all – at All Out Adventures we cater for lounge lizards and couch potatoes too – but sans couch and lounge. All you need is Will. As 2017 rises from the maelstrom of 2016, it is time to reset your boundaries, make life choices, and get the cobwebs out the veins. Let one of your resolutions be recreation – but not where you sit in a car all day, or loaf on a tropical lilo – rather battle to burst the thrill barriers.
Take a look at what the signs at All Out Adventures warn you about: “falling branches, bees, snakes, falling pine cones, stinging insects, uneven terrain, moving vehicles, wild children, addictive cappuccinos (maybe that is substance abuse after all) and real butter”! And that’s before you even strap on a harness or a helmet. They don’t warn you about climbing trees, free-falling on swings, zip lining hundreds of metres at serious altitude, quad-biking through riverbeds, being shot at by paint-balls…and all this in a beautiful pine oasis in the foothills of The Drakensberg’s Amphitheatre. They also don’t warn you of the risk of wanting to return to do it all again.
Evolve. Let adrenaline be your drug of choice for 2017…okay, even if just for a day. After all, this is a full, busy planet, so if you aren’t living on the edge then you are taking up too much space!
Happy New Year.