Hello, my name is Mal Tabb.
Thanks for visiting our web pages. Marion & I operate a small outdoor activity organisation called Canoes, Mountains & Caves. We provide activities for: adults, young people, schools, charities, families & individuals. A key aspect of our work is the provision of a "Community Programme" which is offered free of charge to participants. If you think we might be able to help please don't hesitate to contact us, you can find out more about what we do on our main website www.canoesmountainscaves.com

Monday, 9 February 2015

Wild Places

We've just completed our first planned 2015 "weekend off" from working in the outdoors. The event that kept us from our usual haunts of the Lake District; Yorkshire Dales & North Pennines was an 800 mile road trip. It was tiring but the joy of: a meal with parents; catching up with friends; an eighteenth birthday; a six day old grand daughter and the chance to visit an un-well friend all made for a special time.

As the miles and the towns of Merseyside; the Midlands and the South East of England passed us by it struck me just how much concrete and tarmac cover the surface of our country and how many "shed -like" buildings we rely on to satisfy our need to consume: coffee; fast food; DIY; cars; clothes; the list goes on. The tension in a seething mass of "car bound" humanity that rendered sections of the M25 an enormous car park frustrated by its inability to reach its destination on time all re-affirmed a long held view of just how much we have a deep inner need to connect with the "wild places" of our created environment. What a contrast to when we journey on foot; by canoe; or descend through the vertical realm of the underworld on ropes where the honest labour of our bodies and mindful interpretation of environment replace the drone of a diesel engine and the impersonal promptings of satellite navigation systems. I do believe that this connection which is yearned for and sought by many but equally masked, buried and foreign to others is a matter of the soul and its innate desire to connect with its origin:

I look up to the mountains—
    does my help come from there?
 My help comes from the Lord,
    who made heaven and earth    
Psalm 121: 1 & 2

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