When you’ve Got To Get Out, you’ve Got To make it home!
Since 2015, the social enterprise adventure group Got To Get Out has arranged over 500 outdoor activities as part of our mission to inspire people to get outdoors and active.
A large portion of these trips are offered free of charge – such is our commitment to reducing the barrier of entry of getting outdoors, and for helping attendees improve their physical and mental health.
Activities include climbing volcanoes, canyoning, overnight hikes, mountain biking, paddle boarding, surf school and more.
Despite over 6000 different people and thousands of ‘adventure hours’ (time spent in the outdoors), we’ve had only a couple of minor injuries. How is this result possible, considering our trips are often with first-timers, no charge, and therefore without professional guides?
The answer is that as an organisation, we believe it’s not enough to just get out into nature, you’ve got to make it home too.
The Mountain Safety Council of New Zealand (MSC) is the national organisation tasked with educating people about getting into nature safely, to try and reduce the injuries, search and rescues as well as fatalities that happen during land-based outdoor recreation.
The techniques and strategies MSC promote (and which we follow) are mostly common sense, and are largely to do with solid pre-departure planning and taking the right gear plus knowing how to use it. As they say in the military, “a failure to plan is a plan to fail!”