La courte randonnée pédestre en montagne : image et risque

Authors: Lavallée, Camille
Advisor: Marcotte, Pascale
Abstract: The present research on short mountain hiking highlights the link between image and risk. The question is to know if the image of mountains hiking increases risks for visitors? This research thus aims to understand how the tourist image can push a hiker to take risks during a short hike in the mountains. More specifically, the aim is to understand the influence of the tourist image on risk-taking in hiking, to identify the risks associated with it, to define what the tourist image is and to determine its influence on the choice of hiking. Considering the lack of literature concerning this concrete social problem, an inductive approach was chosen to collect data. The inductive analysis method is particularly well suited for the realization of projects of an exploratory nature. Data was collected through semi-directed interviews with hikers and trail or site managers. Subsequently, the raw data was then classified according to different concepts, which allowed the creation of analysis trees to present the results. The link between risk and image for the hiker will be discussed in terms of the accuracy of the information projected by the image and the effort required to reproduce it, while taking into consideration equipment, physical fitness and the information needed to arrive at the destination as safely as possible. Not to mention that even the most knowledgeable are not immune to an accident or event that puts them at risk. Photos posted on social media and by the tourism industry do not always show what hikers have to go through to get to beautiful viewpoints such as the type of trail construction, the condition of the trail, etc. Awareness is already being raised by organizations trying to assist visitors in remaining safe.
Document Type: Mémoire de maîtrise
Issue Date: 2022
Open Access Date: 2 May 2022
Grantor: Université Laval
Collection:Thèses et mémoires

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