Introduction to this Adventure Travel Section
The adventure travel business is big in the United States and for that matter all over the world. In the year 2000 the estimated worldwide revenue was $154 billion and was growing at a 20% annual growth rate. See Adventure Travel Industry Growth Statistics, Christina Heyniger, Xola Consulting.
This industry is unregulated and the guides' certifications are of limited comfort when you realize the associations regulating those guiding services have no enforcement authority. It's as if they say here is the standard, but there is no one to police who, if anyone, is meeting the standard. It's really a standardless industry.
Further, to avoid responsibility all guiding services will require you to sign a release, releasing the company and the guide they hire to guide your group. You, the customer, have no say as to who guides you and often you don't even know until very soon before departing for the mountain. When you see who you get as a guide, there is little information to tell you anything about him or her. So chances are you are betting your life on some kid with a drinking problem. The release documents that adventure travel customers sign completely relieves the guiding service of any wrongdoing these Generation X "kids" do. Interesting huh? Yeah, you bet.
How do I know this? Well, I know this because of what I experienced while on a climbing trip to Mt. Elbrus in Russia and from other trips to Africa, Asia, Europe and South America. The last trip to Mt. Elbrus convinced me to create a blog and to secure the internet address www.mountainmadnesssucks.com. The blog has been up and running as a blogspot product, but I'm tiring of blogging in so many different sites so I've decided to bring it online with the Lombardi Law Firm website and to create Adventure Travel as a practice area. That way others who consider mountaineering or other forms of adventure travel can read what experience I've had and others. I invite others who experience to share with our readers. Our ideas are for the promotion of safety and to make people aware of how to stay safe and to avoid the mistakes of others.
Let's begin; I've been blogging on a separate site called Mountain Madness Sucks (which it does) and I'm going to redirect those posts to this blog. The idea remains the same. I will bring you what customer's say about the guiding services for adventure travel. It's going to be a long haul as I suspect clients will want to remain private. Privacy is one thing and I'll respect and I expect your comments or your complaints to be factual.
From me to you I remain,
Sincerely yours, Stephen D. Lombardi,
Onward we march.