10 Outdoor Activities You Should Try in 2017

Posted by - December 22, 2016 | Category: The Yard

Some of us are lucky enough to live in a warm and cozy climate, and can enjoy outdoor activity all year long.  Although winter is here and many of us may have to stay inside for the cold snowy months, there are many activities to look forward to for the rest of the year.  Here are a ten outdoor activities you should try throughout the year in 2017.

1.     Rock Climbing.

Rock climbing is quickly becoming an outdoor favorite.  The great thing about rock climbing is its relative convenience.  If you live in an area that is relatively close to nature, such as areas in California or Colorado, rocks abound just waiting to be climbed.  If you do not have quick access to rock climbing locations, there are plenty of indoor rock climbing gyms cropping up!

2.     Go Bouldering.

Bouldering is rock climbing’s close cousin.  Bouldering is a form of climbing that is performed without ropes or harnesses.  At the least, those who boulder wear climbing shoes to secure themselves and chalk to help with their grip.  Unlike with rock climbing, bouldering is often performed solely on large boulders.

3.     Paragliding.

TOBAGO Paragliding Maui Proflyght Paragliding

Paragliding is an adventure sport that uses a glider aircraft.  The aircraft has no rigid structure, much like a classic parachute.  The rider, known as the pilot, sits in a harness and launches themselves off of a ledge with their feet.  The pilot then glides and can fly for many hours if done correctly.  It is an excellent way to get a bird’s eye view of the scenery.

4.     Spearfishing.

This is an ancient form of fishing that is still practiced today.  It is often practiced on islands and around coastlines, so this is likely something you can only practice if you visit or live near the coast.  If you already enjoy fishing or snorkeling, this is a great way to combine the two.  If you are interested in pursuing this activity, be sure to check local laws to see what is and what is not legal.  For instance, certain states have limits on what equipment to use and which fish you can hunt.

5.     Kayaking.

Kayaking in Vang Vieng Laos

If you live by a body of water—a river, a bay, a lake, or an ocean—you should try kayaking at least once.  It is a fairly common and laid-back sport that requires little instruction.  What’s more, you can kayak with a partner in a double kayak.

6.     Slacklining.

Slacklining has become a popular activity and is similar to tightrope walking.  In contrast to tightrope walking, however, the slackline is not nearly as tensioned and is made out of a flat, meshed material.  Tightrope walking often conjures images of great heights, however it is common for slackliners to anchor the slackline between two trees at less than hip height to start with.

7.     Deer Hunting.

Deer hunting is another age-old sport.  If you enjoy solitude and concentrating for long hours, this may be the sport for you. Since about the last century, deer hunting has been heavily regulated in order to keep the population of deer flourishing and diverse, while still controlling their population growth.  Be sure to obtain the proper equipment and licenses before the season.

8.     Fly in a Hot Air Balloon.

Hot air balloon over Siem Reap Cambodia

Try something adventurous this year by flying in a hot air balloon.  It is a popular form of entertainment that brings on the summer, and some areas even have their own balloon festivals!

9.     Go Apple Picking.

Apple-picking, peach-picking, berry-picking, olive-picking—you name it—is a fun activity to get your whole family in on.  If you visit an orchard, you may also be able to visit the local eateries that serve foods based on those pickings-  they probably have a dynamite peach pie or apple cobbler to eat afterward!

10.  Go on a Moonlight Hike.

If you already enjoy hiking, you might enjoy a moonlit hike.  Go on a full moon for optimum illumination, or go on the night of a meteor shower to see a beautiful display of meteors streaking across the sky.

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