The sun is out, summer is here, and the great outdoors is calling. But before you know it, the days will start getting shorter and the leaves will start changing colors. Make the most of the summer while it’s here and find some adventure with these outdoor activities.
Kayaking is a great way to explore areas that you wouldn’t normally have access to, whether it’s a secluded estuary or a rugged stretch of coast line. Taking a quick dip while you’re out paddling is also a refreshing way to beat the summer heat.
If you’ve never tried it before, it’s a good idea to start with a guided tour so you can learn the ins and outs from an experienced paddler. Once you build some experience, you can that suits your prefered paddling style.
This is the quintessential activity for getting out and connecting with nature. Find a shorter trail without much elevation change if you’re just getting into it or breaking in a new pair of hiking shoes - your feet will thank you.
Once you’ve built up some endurance you can challenge yourself with steeper and longer hikes that take you into more remote areas. And if you’re particularly hungry for an adventure, you can tackle an overnight backpacking trip. Just make sure you’re up to it and prepared with the essentials.
At first glance it might seem like you need incredible balance for stand up paddle boarding, but don’t let that put you off. Most people get the hang of it fairly quickly. You’re most likely to go for an unexpected dip when transitioning from kneeling on the SUP to actually standing. With a few tips and a bit of practice it should become second nature in no time.
An added bonus is that stand up paddle boarding is a full body workout. Paddling while maintaining your balance forces you to engage your core muscles, which typically don’t see much action during regular day-to-day activities.
There are few things as satisfying - or adrenaline pumping - as going head to head against a sheer face of rock and coming out on top. While advanced levels of outdoor climbing require specialized gear and knowledge to undertake safely, you can get started by signing up for an introductory course.
If you’re not ready to invest in a class or lots of gear, bouldering is another option that offers a similar challenge but doesn’t require as much money up front. You’ll also be lower to the ground, which is a plus if you’re not a fan of heights.
This is another option for you adrenaline junkies out there. If speeding down the side of a mountain on a narrow, winding trail doesn’t get your heart pumping, nothing will.
The easiest way to get started is to find a friend who rides that can lend you a bike and show you the ropes. Failing that, renting a mountain bike from a shop will let you try the sport without having to front hundreds of dollars. Ask your local bike shop for recommendations on good beginner trails where you can start learning the basics.