Cecilie Skog’s 4 Rules for Expeditions

Norwegian adventurer and mountaineer Cecilie Skog headlined at the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival on November 2, 2013.

Norwegian adventurer and mountaineer Cecilie Skog headlined at the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival on November 2, 2013.

Last night I went to see Cecilie Skog present at the Banff Mountain Film Festival. Among many incredible expeditions, this inspiring adventurer has reached the 7 Summits, the summit of K2, both the North and South Poles, and traversed 1800 kilometres across the Antarctic continent.

I was completely enamoured by her humble, witty, and (shall I mention) totally adorable, presence on the stage. She left the audience with some really inspiring words about how our dreams are vulnerable. You can’t just sneak up on them, or they’ll slip away. You’ve got to reach out and grab them, and make them happen.

But something else she said really stuck with me, and it’s what I want to leave you with in today’s “Footprint”. In her talk she described one of her trips to the Arctic and her four rules for the expedition. To paraphrase, they were (in this order):

1. Come home safe and in good health.
2. Come home better friends with expedition mates.
3. Have as much fun as possible.
4. Reach the objective.

I thought that was a great way of approaching any trip, expedition or travel venture. The objective should always be secondary to health, happiness and enjoyment.

What are your rules for expeditions?