Do people who love the outdoors really need a label?
At a recent Christmas knees up, someone asked me what I did a living and I explained that I run this website part time for people who love being outdoors and active. “Oh, it’s for outdoorsy types then?” they replied, which got me thinking about what that term actually means.
A quick poll around the office has thrown up various definitions. For some, it conjures up images of tough-as-nails explorer types who love nothing better than sleeping rough in a forest cooking up some squirrel for dinner. For others, it means keen-bean ramblers with beards who speak only in OS grid references.
This came as a surprise to me, as my intention when I started this website was to provide ideas and inspiration for anyone who loves being outdoors, no matter where they live, how old or young, fit or erm, less fit… The FAF ethos is that you don’t need to own any Gore Tex or have scaled Ben Nevis to be ‘outdoorsy’, but simply share an enthusiasm for breathing the fresh air, and getting out and about in our ‘green and pleasant land’.
I’d love to know you think ‘outdoorsy’ really means? And do you think it applies to you?
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