Comparison of survey methods to profile participants in emerging adventure recreation activities undertaken in wilderness.

Shelley Burgin, Nigel Hardiman

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Abstract

Growth in ‘adventure recreation’, typically practised in protected areas, is occurring. Canyoning (cf. canyoneering), is one such activity. In the Greater Blue Mountain World Heritage Area (GBMWHA), management was concerned that canyoning was causing environmental damage. However, there is a dearth of data, even on participation, because of the ‘composite’ nature of the activity, its recent emergence, and because adventure recreation is typically restricted to wilderness
areas which renders visitor census problematic. Despite difficulties, management need to monitor such activities and a valid, reliable method of survey is required. For emerging forms of adventure recreation, identification of a representative sample is especially problematic. Often members of enthusiasts’ club are surveyed because sampling this demographic provides for an efficient and cost effective survey method, and wide geographical coverage. However, the representativeness of club members of the targeted population is questionable and thus results may not translate to valid/reliable outcomes. Despite issues, we found no concurrent studies of adventure recreation that compared club versus on-site sampling.
Although canyoning in the GBMWHA (Australia) involves thousands of visits annually, no canyoning-specific clubs exist. A composite sport, it requires no specific equipment/clothing, and there are no formal competitive Australian events. The
land managers are, therefore, faced with the issue of monitoring participation in, and developing policies for this, and other adventure recreation activities undertaken in wilderness. To inform management’s survey methodology choice, we
compared two survey approaches.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 7th International Conference on Monitoring and Management of Visitors in Recreational and Protected Areas, August 20-23, 2014. Tallinn, Estonia.
EditorsM Reimann, K Sepp, E Parna, R Tuula
PublisherTallinn University, Estonia
Pages300-302
Number of pages3
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Event7th International Conference on Monitoring and Management of Visitors in Recreational and Protected Areas - Tallin, Estonia
Duration: 20 Aug 201423 Aug 2014
Conference number: 7

Conference

Conference7th International Conference on Monitoring and Management of Visitors in Recreational and Protected Areas
CountryEstonia
CityTallin
Period20/08/1423/08/14

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Burgin, S., & Hardiman, N. (2014). Comparison of survey methods to profile participants in emerging adventure recreation activities undertaken in wilderness. In M. Reimann, K. Sepp, E. Parna, & R. Tuula (Eds.), Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Monitoring and Management of Visitors in Recreational and Protected Areas, August 20-23, 2014. Tallinn, Estonia. (pp. 300-302). Tallinn University, Estonia.