Say Yes to New Adventures
Daniel is a young professional working hard in central London. He recently came on our Mendip Hiking/Caving tour and we caught up with him afterwards to find out how it went!
ON A TYPICAL WEEKEND WHAT WOULD YOU USUALLY BE GETTING UP TO?
On a typical weekend if I’m not working, it would probably be binge watching The Walking Dead. That’s what I often get up to. Or maybe some video games…if I’m not doing housework! Going places is not something that I often do if I’m perfectly honest.
DO YOU DO ANY OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES DURING THE WEEK?
Other than walking to the train station no I don’t. So I’m really not an active physical person honestly I’m not. Sitting indoors working on websites, watching box-sets, playing video games, that’s about it. If I go out shopping that’ll be the most outdoor activity I get!
HOW ABOUT VISITING NATIONAL PARKS AND AONBS?
I would love to do more outdoors – I like Center Parcs. [We go] once a year to once every two years.
Whenever I go to do that sort of thing I would always choose to stay overnight because it’s a long way to go. To get there and do it and get back in the same day is just too much for me.
And you’ve got to factor in the costs and it becomes expensive at the end of the day which I suppose is why I don’t do that sort of thing very often.
WHAT DID YOU THINK ABOUT THE GOTREAD TOUR?
I really like structure. I hate doing that sort of stuff off my own back because I don’t know where’s good to go. I don’t know what I’m looking at. What I liked about the whole guided thing is that you’re told about everything. I wasn’t wondering around aimlessly. It’s one of my pet peeves I can’t stand wandering around aimlessly.
So for it all to be organised and for there to be a purpose to it – that is the sort of thing I enjoy. There was a purpose to it. We learnt a lot of interesting bits and pieces. Some really interesting characters there, the group atmosphere and that’s the sort of thing I really like.
WOULD YOU GO BACK TO CHEDDAR GORGE OR THE MENDIP HILLS AGAIN?
I know the area quite well to be honest. As I say, with Center Parcs we go to Cheddar Gorge quite a lot but I’ve never done this sort of stuff – it did show me a different side of it. I would definitely go back and the whole caving experience is just…!
WHY DID YOU NEVER TRY THE CAVING AT MENDIP BEFORE?
We did the show caves and that’s all I thought was there. I didn’t realize there was more to it. But even then I think I’d still be a bit nervous about the tight spaces but now I know I don’t need to worry – I’m glad I pushed through that.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE OTHER PEOPLE THINKING OF COMING ON A GUIDED TOUR AND TRYING AN ACTIVITY FOR THE FIRST TIME?
I was nervous about the caving experience and did almost say no to it but something changed and I thought you know what you only need to do it the once, and if you don’t like it you don’t like it – don’t do it again.
I was afraid of getting stuck in the cave. I don’t think it was the thought of me being stuck there forever it’s just the thought of being stuck and knowing that I couldn’t move. That’s what frightened me. And I think I didn’t realize that a) that wasn’t going to happen and b) it’s just a matter of staying calm. Nothing bad is going to happen.
To get over that fear and to have gone and experienced that, I couldn’t be happier that I did.
Honestly I loved it so much. It’s something I would never have thought of doing before – and it’s a new passion of mine now. I have to do it again – I have to!
I wanted to get out and do more things, this was the perfect opportunity to do it. And after having done it I’m so glad that I went against what I considered to be my better judgement. I really am.
At the end of the day it beats sitting indoors watching The Walking Dead all weekend!