GRASPING WHAT THE UAE HAS TO OFFER!
It’s no secret that the UAE's summers are brutal. The thought alone of the scorching heat and sky rocketing humidity levels send shivers down any outdoor enthusiasts’ spine. But then winter comes along, we start to feel that early breeze in November and by December, the temperatures drop down to a perfect 18°c while the sun still shines through a partly cloudy sky. Suddenly, I start to feel like it’s a crying shame not to take advantage of this, and it saddens me that many people choose to spend the majority of their lives indoor, not knowing the wonders UAE’s nature has to offer. That’s why I initially decided to Grasp the Adventure, and to help others grasp it too. One winter day in 2018, I posted on social media that I was going on a hike in one of the UAE’s beautiful canyons; two days later, there were 16 people interested in joining. One month later, I decided to post a week in advance… 35 people signed up. It was amazing to see how many people were interested in exploring the great outdoors, but simply needed a push. People who were very hesitant on the mountains and uncomfortable camping became regulars; unknowingly, we were evolving from a hiking group, to a community, to a family.
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On our fourth adventure, I looked around and found myself surrounded by the people who were strangers less than three months ago, but are now my closest friends. I watched a woman who cried on the mountain two months earlier, help others down a scree slope with spirit and confidence. Seeing how Grasp the Adventure touched so many lives, including ours, I knew right away that it was the beginning and that we need to do more. We now organize our local hikes to show people that they don’t need to travel abroad to get their mountain fix; we organize our adventures to help people expand their comfort zones and build confidence in themselves; most importantly though, we organize our trips because we know that the bonds we form are as tough as the mountains we climb then on and because we love, respect and appreciate our ever-growing Grasp the Adventure Family.