We all want to leave our mark. It's a basic human desire. This is why the National Parks have logs for people to sign before and after hikes. But historical behaviours by early explorers or indigenous peoples is now nothing more than graffiti on our beautiful landscapes. It's a sign of selfishness and short-sightedness. We have better substitutes including cameras, social media, and dare I say Expedition Flags to help us record our travels in the wilderness and share them with each others.
The Exclusive Explorers Club
The first time I was really inspired about the idea of having a flag for our family was after reading the book Hell or Highwater by Peter Heller. It tells the story of a group of kayakers trying to accomplish the first river descent of the Tsangpo Gorge in southeastern Tibet. Because of the expedition's difficulty and importance the group was given the privilege of carrying a flag from the prestigious Explorers Club. This was considered a great honor by the lead kayaker for the expedition and contributed to the motivation to accomplish the difficult task. The expedition required years...