9 Ways to Survive Dating an Adventure Dude
He is faster, stronger. He picks higher peaks, crazier adventures. On our first weekend getaway, in Glacier National Park, it was only at the parking lot where I learned there was no trail up that jagged, rocky peak, and there was a questionable Class 4 scramble to the final precipice. It was a long day. I wanted to cry, but I didn’t dare.
Struggling on Going-to-the-Sun Mountain in Glacier National Park (Photo: Jennifer Duffield White)
When I met Don, I thought I’d met someone who lived an active outdoor lifestyle just like me. But he took adventure to a whole new level. I constantly found myself out of my comfort zone — learning how to rock climb with a fear of heights, wimpering in the Teton mountains with a borrowed avalanche transceiver strapped to my chest having never skied deep powder in my life.
Having an adventurous significant other can be thrilling — and terrifying. (Photo: Thinkstock)
When your significant other tests your comfort zone on new adventures, here are a few lessons I’ve learned:
Get Beta: “It’s a pretty easy hike” means nothing. Don now feeds me specifics of what to expect: distance, elevation gain, cliffs that will give me vertigo. Uncertainty tends to freak out us humans, and this kind of beta at least allows me to sustainably manage my pace, food, and water.