With summer upon us, it’s time to let your adventurous side run wild. Winter isn’t always the best time for outdoor pursuits, with rain, snow, and potential frostbite making the situation a whole lot less comfortable. Summer, on the other hand, is perfect. The weather is (generally) drier, the days are longer, and we generally feel a bit more energised too. If you’re a fan of the great outdoors and you’re still planning how to make the most of it this summer, look no further. Here are six things you have to get outside and do while the weather is great this year.
1. Gorge Scrambling
If you’re lucky enough to visit somewhere with an incredible, watery landscape, you’re going to want to get in on some gorge scrambling. This is the activity which involves climbing up and abseiling down waterfalls, and following small streams and rivers through their natural course. It’s wet and dirty, but it’s also adrenaline-packed, exciting, and filled with fun challenges to overcome. It is recommended that the first time you try this you undertake it with an experienced instructor who can help to ensure your safety, but who can also give you hints and tips for the best way to traverse the landscape. It’s hard work and tiring, but a whole lot of fun.
There’s nothing quite like being out on the open water, whether it’s following a river downstream, paddling a beautiful glacial lake, or heading out into the open ocean. Kayaking is the perfect way to get out there, but still maintain your freedom and independence. You’re not attached to anyone, and nobody else has to agree with you on the direction you decide to take. It could be part of a day trip, or even constitute the backbone of your camping holiday. For beginners, the sit on top variety of kayak works well as you’re on top of the boat, rather than inside it. Be sure to buy the best sit on top kayak that your budget can stretch to – the more you can spend, the better quality, safety, and comfort you ensure for yourself. In the same way, people enjoy cycling and hiking holidays in the summer, a kayaking holiday is the perfect way to enjoy the tranquility of the great outdoors, be at one with nature, and stay active.
If you’re not planning a camping trip for this summer – why not? It’s the perfect way to get away from the grind, the pollution, and the noise of city life. And, really, you can make it as comfortable or as basic as you desire. Nobody will judge you if you fill your car with duvets, blankets, pillows, a generator, and cooking equipment. In the same way as nobody will judge you if you decide to go feral for a week, bathing in the lake and catching your own rabbits. In fact, nobody can judge you, because you’re away from it all, and there is nobody there to see how you decide to set up your camp. So grab your loved ones, your dogs, and your acoustic guitar, and head out to the wilderness for some camping fun. Your campsite makes the perfect base for hiking, kayaking, and fishing, and it’s a great time just to unwind and allow the pace of your life to slow right down. Plus, there’s nothing quite as fun as spooky stories and a sign-along around the campfire, with marshmallows and baked potatoes for dinner.
If you’re more of a thrill-seeker than an exerciser, ziplining could be for you. If you’re unfamiliar with the concept, it’s essentially a long wire strung between two points, which you are then harnessed to and pushed along. It’s adrenaline-packed and exciting, and certainly not for the faint-hearted. It is more of a summer activity as high winds or rain can make the ziplining dangerous, so it’s far more popular in the warmer months. They can range between slightly more tame, and even child-friendly, ziplines, to full on, canyon-spanning, death-defying adrenaline journeys, so there’s something for everyone. From river spanning tracks, to treetop rides, they’re becoming more and more popular. And don’t worry about safety. Do your research and choose a highly-rated centre, and you’ll be as safe as can be.
5. Open Air Swimming
When the weather is heating up, it can be really cathartic to take a dip in a calm, cool pool. Many people choose the safety of the community pool or their own back yard, but if you want something a bit more adventurous, open air swimming could be for you. First things first, be sure to do your research. Choosing a popular open-air swimming site can help to guarantee your safety, and ensure there are people around if you do get into any difficulty. You also want to ensure you’re aware of any hidden dangers, such as alligators or dangerous fish, and also that the water is chemically safe to swim in. Once you’re confident that you’re not in any danger, it’s time to head out. Many people just choose to go in their bathing suits, but use of gadgets is becoming increasingly popular. Why not use GPS trackers to map your swim, or a Fitbit to track your exercise. As long as you’re sensible and cautious, do your research, and swim near other people, this need not be any more dangerous than a usual swimming pool.
Is there anything quite as delicious as catching and eating a fresh fish? When you’re on an outdoors pursuit vacation, especially if you’re camping or kayaking, fishing can be a great way to spend your time, and get a tasty supper for your effort. It’s a tricky pastime for beginners, though, so it’s always worth taking a veteran angler with you to ensure you get the best fish, don’t affect the populations, and that you’re not just sat there waiting for six hours for no reason.
Summer is the perfect time for outdoor activities, whether you want to relax, get your adrenalin pumping, or get your heart-rate up.