How do You Ensure a New Adventure Buddy is Prepared for Your Adventure?
I just settled into a new area in a foreign country. The amount of opportunity to go out and get rad in the mountains here is endless. I am excited start exploring more locally.
I recently took a short bike trip with someone and they really did not have a good time. Full blown type 3 fun for them, while I was much more on the type 1 through the whole experience. Leading up to the trip I assumed based on some previous discussions we would be all good, no drama. When it came down to it I think I ruined their weekend, and most of the following week.
I know I have been in that position before myself, I was not experienced enough to understand the entire gravity of what I was undertaking, and then I would be the person way outside of their comfort zone. Nothing feels worse than when you realised you're the only person really struggling on a trip. I think we have all been there in some compactly.
The discussion I would like to entertain is, how do determine if a new adventure buddy is up for the task? A lot of the outdoor experiences are quite relative, so what I consider "easy" is actually someone else's worst day out.
Being in a new area and doing things with new people all the time has me wondering if there is a good way to figure this out before I put the people I’m with in danger due to my lack of experience or theirs? I also don't want to seem like I am gatekeeping because that can be equally as discouraging to a less experienced person as just getting your ass handed to you on a day out.
My go to is meetup a couple of days or the morning of before a trip and unpack everything, go through the gear list with one another, then chit chat about navigation and conditions. But as you can see, not always doing the trick of getting everyone on the same page. So I would love to hear and discuss other people process for this.