March 19, 2012 § 2 Comments
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“Despite the massive variation in nature’s security systems, all of their solutions follow from one very straightforward concept: adaptability. Adaptation arises from leaving (or being forced from) one’s comfort zone. Accordingly, it’s understandable that we might be a little resistant into this strange world where reacting to the previous crisis is no longer good enough and making vague predictions of the future no longer counts as “doing something”.
“It’s natural that we’d come up with all sorts of excuses for why we can’t be more adaptable. But one of the results of using nature – with its relentless ability to solve problems and neutralize unpredictable threats – as a template for adaptability is that it weakens almost every excuse we have for not becoming more adaptable.” – Rafe Sagarin from “Learning from the Octopus”, 2012.
“The overwhelming success of adaptation in nature practically shames us into at least trying. And everything that seems like a barrier to change has already been crossed in nature. We complain that our bureaucracies are too institutionalized to change, but even organisms whose outer appearance has remained steadfastly unchanged for millions of years can be highly adaptable by farming out that adaptable capacity to semi-independent parts, like immune cells or skin pigment color cells. We argue that there are people we just can’t work with or who we will never come to peace with one another, but in nature the meekest organisms form beneficial symbiotic relationships with the most terrifying. We argue that we can’t have guns and butter, but every successful living thing already knows how to balance a way to defend itself, and a way to reproduce itself.” – Rafe Sagarin from “Learning from the Octopus”, 2012.
The famous “Subway” penetrates the spectacular canyon of the Left Fork of North Creek. Everyone interested in canyoneering eventually does the “Subway”. If you have considered technical canyoneering, but have not yet taken the plunge this is a great first adventure with a semi-technical route.
Willing participants will battle climbing down boulders, ledges and waterfalls that bar the way. The route contains several short swims through chilly pools and miles of wading in ankle deep water. The route passes through several narrow slots and near a collection of dinosaur tracks from the Jurassic Period.