trail tales: there and (almost immediately) back again

It’s alright to “fail”.

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“I don’t think I can go on any further.”

We had paused to catch breath on a wooden bridge swung high over a gully. Ancient limestone cliffs dropped away beneath us and far below, the river swirled past on its path from summit to sea, carving and smoothing the rock that flanked it. We were half a day into our four-day hike.

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trail tales: silver peaks and the jubilee hut

trail tales: silver peaks and the jubilee hut

Each step is a thousand subconscious decisions when you’re in the hills.

You weigh up the stability or otherwise of the ground before you, consider the position of your feet, your pace, your fatigue, the odd muscular twinges that you hope won’t turn into
anything more serious. You check whether the ground is wet or whether there are tree roots poking out or other trip hazards. You assess the gradient of the terrain. And then you place your foot. Half a breath later, or maybe a whole breath if it’s steep, you do the same thing again. And on it goes, until you reach your destination.

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Kinetic Knowledge

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Knowledge is more than text on a page. Whilst I cannot begin to quantify what I have learnt through the last three and a half years of higher education (and whilst I’m eternally thankfully for the fact that I have over a year left before I have to consider leaving the university environment), it is becoming increasingly clear to me that so much of my knowledge and understanding has not come from reading journals or sitting in lectures. In fact, my ability to grasp many concepts I have discussed in the classroom has come from knowledge gained far outside of the walls of the university.

One concept that I have been thinking a lot about recently is that of kinetic knowledge, which, taking various forms, relates to the sensuous and the experiential. Kinetic knowledge, I feel, is knowledge truly earned – knowledge gained directly relevant to time invested in a way that I find harder to measure when looking back on the secondary knowledge gained through reading. It is a sort of knowledge of paramount importance in the study of place, because it is knowledge that relates to an individual’s own relationship to a particular place. Continue reading “Kinetic Knowledge”