The Outdoor Life
So you are interested in the outdoor life. A life where you get outside more often. Maybe you have read or seen one of the many studies that have shown how great getting outside is for your mental and physical health. Maybe you just need some time to yourself or maybe you are craving some of those views you see all over Instagram. They look so peaceful and serene that you want to find that happy spot near you.
No need to worry, we are here to help! Because, believe it or not, everyone from grand adventurer to local guide has been in your position. The position where they had ZERO experience in the outdoors. And whether you start young or old, the outdoors is for everyone at any level of experience or fitness.
I meet people all the time that want to get outside. Now that phrase has become popularized by hashtags and outdoor companies and for good reason, but that phrase always comes with a personalized meaning. Some people I meet want to get outside and go on a weekend long backpacking trip. While others want to get out for an afternoon amongst the trees to relax and experience the calmness of the forest or the sounds of a babbling brook. We are going to start a series of blog posts to help you #getoutside no matter where you fall on the spectrum of what getting outside means to you.
What type of Get Outside person are you?:
There are a wide array of people that want to get outside and experience everything nature has to offer. You may fall between a couple of these categories, so read up on all of them so you don’t miss an opportunity or great tips.
The Newbie – No experience needed here. Some people have never been on a camping trip or experienced their local parks in their life. Don’t worry, you aren’t alone. We want to help get you outside in case you want to start to enjoy the outdoors and experience what all the fuss is about. You don’t need to have any history in the outdoors to go enjoy it. If you are looking to start small and get outside this
Average Joe – This is a category for the everyday person. Just because we say “Average Joe” doesn’t mean you are average, it means you aren’t looking to go crazy in your quest to be outside. You have done camping trips in the past, but not on a regular basis. You don’t have dreams of thru-hiking the Pacific Crest Trail and that is OK. If you are looking to sit on a bench and enjoy the sounds of birds chirping surrounded by everything nature has to offer on a weekday afternoon or evening alone or with your kids or grandkids, well then this category is or you.
Weekend Warrior – The weekend warrior is someone who enjoys adventure. From a moderate day hike to an overnight in a nearby state park, they enjoy the outdoors and hitting the trail. You can find them sitting around a campfire roasting hot dogs and marshmallows on a Saturday and looking up at the stars. The Weekend Warrior strives to make sure they get outside as much as possible even taking some weekday evenings or mornings to squeeze in a hike or go on a quick micro-adventure. This category seems to be growing by leaps and bounds in the past several years with the outdoor industry booming and more and more people realizing the power of the outdoors on your mental and physical health.
Wilderness Adventurer - These folks have a thirst for adventure. The backcountry calls to them because they can get in a great hike on the trail while getting a campsite with a view. When they aren’t in the outdoors, they are thinking about the outdoors. Every Monday they are planning their next adventure for the upcoming weekend, maybe turning it into an extended weekend. It’s not a full time job for them, but they wish is could be. The wilderness adventurer does dream of Thru-Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail or the Appalachian Trail or the North Country Trail or any long trail that has incredible views and keeps them outside for as long as possible.
Explorer Extraordinaire – The Explorer is someone who takes adventure so serious that exploring the outdoors has become their job. Folks who have become so passionate that they live on the road traveling from one spot to another. I’m assuming not a lot of these explorers read our blog, but adding this category to let people know that there are still explorers out there. For the handful of them that make a living off it, these are the ones people in the outdoor community get their inspiration from. Think Chris Burkard, Alastair Humphreys, Kt Miller, Eric Larsen or Erik Weihenmayer. These guys have made a living off adventure and we applaud them for that. We won’t attempt to know how these guys plan for adventure, since we aren’t in this category, but we will give our thoughts throughout our series.
Chris Burkard: http://www.chrisburkard.com/
Alastair Humphreys: http://www.alastairhumphreys.com/
Kt Miller: http://www.ktmiller.photo/
ERic Larsen: http://www.ericlarsenexplore.com/
Erik Weihenmayer: http://www.touchthetop.com/
In the upcoming series we will break down each topic for each type of outdoors person and offer helpful tips for wherever you fall in the spectrum of the great outdoors.