Ready for the adventure? Here are 7 original ideas to add excitement to your repertoire
Dr. Joel Lavine, successful scholar and adventurer has several recommendations for “extreme” sports that can get your blood pumping and your heart racing. However, he says you should learn these activities from scratch; you shouldn’t jump directly into any of them, in order to avoid accidents and mishaps.
There’s nothing quite like clinging to a steep rock wall with only your mind, a harness and a rope to hold you there. The thrill of every extra foot you walk on the rock can only be beat by the view from the top once you get there. Start small with a local rock-climbing adventure in your gym, then step into the great outdoors.
A good climbing instructor is invaluable. Start with the instructors at your climbing gym, then ask about instructors for climbing natural rocks outdoors. Ask indoor instructors and fellow climbers for recommendations.
If you’ve ever watched America’s Got Talent, you’ve probably seen people demonstrate their talent on the flying trapeze or with the long hanging silks. It might surprise you to learn that there are schools all over the country where you can learn how to do the same tricks that acrobats do.
You start to learn the techniques on the ground, then you go higher and higher in the air, with a net below you for more safety. Before you know it, you’ll be hanging on your knees, ready to launch yourself into space, trusting someone else to catch you before you hit the net.
If you think rock climbing is a race and want a new challenge, it’s time to get into bouldering. Bouldering is free climbing without the safety net of a harness or rope. Most climbers use special climbing shoes to help them grip rock and chalk to keep their hands dry when bouldering.
Indoor climbing gyms can simulate the problems you will encounter when bouldering, including situations such as rock faces that you can only climb with upper body strength or areas where grips and grips foot are rare.
Once you’re used to rock climbing and bouldering, it’s time to take rock climbing to the next level: glaciering. Using ropes, harnesses and pickaxes, you set off to the side of a real glacier for some truly majestic views. says Joel Lavine this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that should definitely be added to your to-do list. You may even encounter wild animals along the way. Reindeer, elk, bison, musk oxen, ibexes, mountain goats and chamois all retreat to the glaciers during the warm months to cool off.
- Mountain bike
Whether you’re new to cycling or an expert, mountain biking can add thrills to your rides. Trails abound for all levels, from beginner to double expert. You need a bike designed for rougher terrain, to help you stay upright on the trails. You can ride your bike in the mountains for pure fun, or you can race for glory or prizes.
It helps to do some homework on mountain bikes before you go out and buy one. You need to know what wheel size you want: 26″, 27.5″ or 29″. You also need to know if you want a hardtail with no suspension, a hardtail that only has front suspension, or a suspension complete to absorb the shock of landing after getting airborne.
- Run marathons
Running 26.2 miles is no laughing matter, and it’s definitely something you need to work on. Luckily, running strengthens all of your muscles and improves your cardiovascular health, says Dr. Joel Lavine. Long distance running requires stamina and the right mindset, the combination of which can be exhilarating in itself.
You may have heard of the “runner’s high,” when you feel euphoric during your run. When you reach this state, you will feel less pain after your run, which is especially important after running as long as a marathon. You need to have your mindset composed to reach the top of a runner.
The hike gives you views of nature that you can’t see while climbing a rock face or glacier, and miss on the back of a bike. Make sure you equip yourself properly. A backpack with food and water, a change of clothes and a first aid kit are essential. A good cane or walking sticks are worth their weight in gold. Good hiking shoes are essential. Don’t try to hike in sneakers.
The trails are marked according to the level of experience with distances generally indicated. Make no mistake, however. A 3 km hiking trail is very different from walking 3 km on flat ground. Just in case you run into trouble, you need your cell phone fully charged before you go, and you might want to consider a satellite phone if the area you’re hiking in doesn’t have cell service. .
If you have a burning need to feel truly alive again, try one of these seven ideas for adventure recommended by Dr. Joel Lavine. They will challenge you in new and exciting ways and leave you feeling truly accomplished, having conquered mother nature.
Written by Dr. Joel Lavine.
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