Are we spoilt in modern times?
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There was a certain amount of envy about the gear we use now compared to the carboard hats, and boilersuits they used then. But also a worrying concern:
Over-reliance on fancy gear, and a lack of exploration when things get difficult. They relied on judgement and personal skills, modern explorers - including climbers, and hikers here - are more reluctant to push themselves if there isn't an assurance of "safety"
I think this is certainly true - but I wouldn't know where to start changing attitudes, but it is concerning if there is to be a future in outdoor sports. Although not everyone is in it for the extremes.
Also, I don't think it is necessarily a bad thing if people shy away from dangerous undertakings. There are enough people climbing mountains in the Alps with sandals!
An on a very simple level: I'd never have started long distance hiking without the custom-fit inlays (computergenerated) for my shoes, since I always suffered blisters (not anymore :-) ). Fancy perhaps, and not exactly cheap, but they did the trick. Mostly, at least, and for the rest there are fancy blister plasters that help me out.