Back to...

GET VISIBLE! Advertise Here. Find Out More

Share Our Stories! - Click Here

Call Of The Wild

By Frosty Wooldridge
Exclusive To

Mountaineering skiing in the Rocky Mountains, January 2020, cold, clear, clean, pristine. There's a certain kind of "Call of the Wild" by Jack London that beckons free spirits into the wilderness.

Most Americans enjoy a Smart Phone that locks them into electronic cyberspace. It reduces them to an emotionally mindless tapping on the screen. Last week, I watched seven friends at a table for lunch from skiing, 6 boys and 1 girl as they ate lunch, totally absorbed by their Smart Phones, and not talking to one another for 30 minutes while they stared into their phones or tapped out messages. One very pretty girl among them didn't carry a phone and no one talked to her as she starred across the room.

We Americans enjoy everything instantly, perfectly and without effort. We touch the thermostat for the perfect temperature. We click a link and Taylor Swift sings us one of her jilted boyfriend songs. We drive up to a window for an instant meal. Too much comfort creates an indolent mind, heart, spirit and ennui.

It's the exact opposite in the wilderness. You must carry your breakfast, lunch and dinner. You must muscle that 45 pound pack. You must punch through 20 inches of fresh powder, and then let your friends punch through it for awhile. You must share and you must talk in order to survive. You must stick together for success of the group. No one will come save you if you should meet with fate--save your friends.

At the same time, the energy of the wilderness soaks into your cells. It speeds through your bloodstream. It carries you to extraordinary feelings both mentally and spiritually.

To many Americans, the wilderness is little more than a retreat from the tension of civilization. To others, it is a testing place--a vanishing frontier where men and women can rediscover their basic values. And to me, the wilderness is a holy source for self-renewal.

But for every man, woman and child, the lesson that the wilderness teaches is simply this: humanity's fate is linked inextricably to the world at large. And, to all other creatures that live upon it. I swear in 2020 and beyond, I am going to do everything to make human beings more responsible to our planet by coaxing, educating, cajoling, instructing, and beseeching all of us to pick up after ourselves, to push for plastic recycling of ALL plastics, glass, metals and more. We must push for alternative energy, for population stabilization, for deleting chemical poisons from our food chain, to maintain clean air and water. We need to care for our planet and future generations.

This is my pledge to Nature and the Natural World in 2020 and beyond. Frosty Wooldridge, mountaineer and world bicycle traveler who care about the future of our species and our children. January 2020, Mt. Holy Cross Mountains, Colorado


-- Frosty Wooldridge
Golden, CO
Population-Immigration-Environmental specialist: speaker at colleges, civic clubs, high schools and conferences
Facebook: Frosty Wooldridge
Facebook Adventure Page: How to Live a Life of Adventure: The Art of Exploring the World
Six continent world bicycle traveler
Adventure book: How to Live a Life of Adventure: The Art of Exploring the World
Frosty Wooldridge, six continent world bicycle traveler, Astoria, Oregon to Bar Harbor, Maine, 4,100 miles, 13 states, Canada, summer 2017, 100,000 feet of climbing: