View of Mount Aoraki Cook, named in honor of the English explorer
You open any channel of social networks and a tsunami of news, photos, videos, messages ... floods you, so many that you can barely process them mentally. In my case, because of the professional circles in which I move, many of them are of travelers who are here and there, embarked on trips of greater or lesser duration in more or less distant countries.
They narrate their adventures, adventures, experiences, problems, joys, sorrows, etc. Many boast of the difficulty of the company that they dared to start. Super men and super women of the modern age ... But friends, make no mistake: We will never live up to the old great explorers (although some crazy person can approach them).
Marco Polo, Colon, Livingstone, Morton Stanley, Darwin, Barton, Cook, Elcano... To cite some. They were about authentic lunatics that furrowed the planet carried by a force far superior to their common sense: the imperative need to explore and know the world, its cultures and its limits, even at the risk of overcoming their own and perishing in the attempt.
In any of the different times that traveled the world, they could not count on practically any of the modern comforts and assists that we have now.
Looking back, I came up with this list of things they might have wanted to have (or not!) during their adventures:
Do not be fooled by the haughty and imposing bearing with which Columbus is portrayed in the paintings that represent his arrival in America.
The friend Cristóbal was cushioned, about to palmar and with an atmosphere in its caravels beyond the meaning of the word mutiny. By the time he set foot in Hispaniola, he had been thinking for weeks: “Fuck, but if we had to have seen some piece of land from the East Indies! For me that I have messed up" Pom! Yes, friends, I had messed it up.
But, dear friends, Columbus was the antithesis of Atleti in the Champions League finals and, showing off a filly for which he had to have done the Camino de Santiago about 150 times (on his knees), he discovered a continent full of wealth, both natural and material.
And yes, surely he trusted his navigation charts, his sextant and the position of the stars in the sky, but the truth is that with a GPS he would have done better. Of course, he would not have had the same merit and his feat would not have filled so many books.
Material to carry in a backpack for a trekking getaway