10 Ways to be outdoorsy for the non-outdoorsy
You’re a city guy or gal who’s looking for an escape from the concrete jungle. Here are some tips to help you get there.
Warning: once you escape, there’s no coming back. You’ve been warned!
- The Banff Film Festival World Tour
This is a traveling world tour that features awesome outdoor/extreme sports/nature films made by pretty much anyone! Only the best ones make it to the film tour, so these films are well made and just plain inspiring.
- Visit a bouldering gym
This will eventually bring you outside, trust me. Even better though, if you can find any local bouldering spots or sport climbing spots where you live, try to get in contact with people who go there and tag along. Our gym offers a beginners course to outside climbing once a year – find something similar near you! Otherwise, simply being around climbers at the gym will open you up to other opportunities nearby J
- Find the nearest mountain and hike it!
Breathing that fresh mountain air is invigorating, and addictive. If you’re from a relatively flat province like me, plan a weekend trip to a nearby mountain! Or, find some nature trails nearby. There’s some hidden gems just about anywhere, you just have to find them.
- Go camping, anywhere!
Your back yard, the nearest camp ground, or in a random area in the woods. It doesn’t matter where, but at least stay for 2 days! To fully experience the outdoors is to busy yourself with non-techy things from morning until night. You’ll be surprised what you occupy yourself with, and how much you’ll enjoy it.
- Buy backpacking gear
There are so many cool gadgets out there now, it is an awesome time to be alive. Check out MEC or REI and find some awesome outdoor gear and get psyched to use them outdoors. Just buying a nice pack will motivate you, trust me. You can’t really use a hiking back anywhere else, so if you want to use your fancy new pack, you’ve got to get out there and explore.
- Rent kayaks and find some water.
I don’t know what it is about floating on water, it just feels so nice. Plus, there aren’t any trees to block the view of the sky.
- Set your car aside and walk or bike
Walk to work. Bike to your friend’s party. Whatever it is, and whatever you can find the time for, do it. It’s a great feeling knowing that you used zero gasoline to get from point A to point B. It might turn into a habit.
- Look at pictures on social media
Live vicariously through other people’s crazy lifestyles. Who knows, it might inspire your next trip. Not all trips have to be expensive, remember that!
- Exercise outside
If you workout strictly in a gym, take yourself outside! Find an adult playground somewhere and do some pull ups or simply go for a run. Get outside in the fresh air is mostly what I’m getting at with this list.
- Take more time off work to do what you love
This might sound like a strange thing to add to this list, but I think it is something that is important to realize. Spend less time worried about bills, work, money and just general everyday stresses and focus on why we are here in the first place. Don’t live to work. You may love what you’re doing, and that’s fine, but create some memories you can remember when you’re retired and reflecting back. Send mother nature some love!
Climb on xx