My name is Justin Barbour. I am 29 years old, born and raised on the east coast of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. From our local Memorial University, I graduated with a Bachelor of Physical Education (minor in Biology) and a Bachelor of Education and since 2014 have both substituted and taught full time. I have also competed at high levels of hockey since childhood. My most recent addictive passion has become wilderness travel. Being fascinated by nature and challenges from a young age, it made sense that I would enjoy this lifestyle. My biggest expeditions to date include travelling 700 kilometres from west to east across Newfoundland, 120 kilometres south to north across the provinces Avalon Wilderness Reserve and 50 kilometres down the remote Sandhill River in Labrador. I have started this blog to document my adventures through the great outdoors via writing, photography, and film.
During my time in the wild I have picked up knowledge and experience that can be useful to others who begin to exploit nature more. I am far from an expert but promise you will learn something if you follow along, as I share my own tips, tricks and areas I traverse. As a school teacher and adventurer, I try to live my dreams and encourage others to do the same. Especially if it involves our wild spaces. Whether it be in our beautiful province, country or anywhere else in the world. Outdoor opportunities are rich and diverse.
I want to inspire people to be physically and mentally active while chasing their own adventures. Even to push themselves outside their personal comfort zones from time to time. My belief is that growth and understanding comes from discomfort and that discomfort in nature is about as good as it can get. You keep curious and you are connected to the land. Sometimes you even forget about that discomfort when you are aroused by all the beauty that’s offered. Unfortunately though, not enough of the newer generation is taking advantage of these skills and benefits and are becoming disconnected. It’s time to turn that trend around.
Another thing I want to make people aware of are ways to protect and conserve our environment. Many things are simple and just take a little extra effort for a much greater reward. This is the only way we will continue to have these pristine wild places for our generation and many more to come. The best you can do is play your part, spread the word and hope everyone else does the same.
Basically, promoting exploration of our surroundings and ourselves in a respectful way is the main goal here. It can be a day hike on a favourite trail, a week long trip through pristine wilderness or something far greater! Plan it. Experience it. Appreciate it. Once you take those first steps to immerse yourself you won’t regret it. Fish, hunt, hike, observe wildlife or whatever else tickles your fancy. I hope it provides you with hours of enjoyment and relaxation. Just make sure you are prepared for your voyages so it is not a bad experience. As the great explorer Sir Randolph Fiennes says “There is no such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing.”
If you have any questions on routes travelling through the local wilds, advice for getting started on your own outdoor treks, or looking for a speaker for an event, don’t hesitate to send me an email. I would be more than willing to help you out : firstname.lastname@example.org
Have yourself safe and happy travels,