Get Outside Because You Can

Tiffany Fernyhough

Ever had that moment when you look outside and think "should I go out today?" Then find yourself getting distracted and making excuses for why you shouldn't go? Here's why you should.

Did your plans to go ski touring fall through because of unstable snow packs? Instead of being disappointed and heading home, be thankful for the ability to make smart decisions and head to your local resort for terrain that has been avalanche controlled. 

Was the POW day you had hoped for a mere 1cm of overnight snowfall? Don't stay in and promise you'll go when the next big dump is, embrace the bluebird day and hit the groomers. 

Too many times this winter have I heard people say "Nah I won't come skiing today, the snow isn't good enough" or "it's too cold to be outside for too long". So easily convinced are we by the call of the couch or the welcoming embrace of a duvet and Netflix that we often forget the rewards of being outside. 

Nature is sublime. Let the feeling of being awe inspired take you, even just for a moment. Because no matter where in the world you are, there is some form of nature around you. Be it in the mountains you get to call home, or the way the sunlight bounces off the city skyscrapers, nature is there. 

So I challenge you, if you find yourself reading this, to get outside. Even if it is just for 5 minutes. Breathe in that crisp winter air, let the wind brush your skin, look around. Why? Because you can. 

Published: January 11, 2018

Tiffany Fernyhough

Outdoor Educator from Hong Kong + New Zealand | Currently in Alberta, Canada

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