The Best Outdoor Adventures for Beginners
You don’t have to be an extreme athlete or adrenaline junkie to enjoy these outdoor adventures for beginners.
by Elisa Hindes
Are you looking to start going on some outdoor adventures? Good for you! No matter how young or old you are, or regardless of your level of physical fitness, outdoor adventures are always a great idea. You don’t have to start off with sky diving or rock climbing; there are plenty of fun and easy outdoor adventures for beginners. It’s great to get outside of your comfort zone and face new challenges, but if you’re new to the arena then you need to be safe and know your limits. Here are just a few ideas to help you get started on your new journey.
Yes, hiking can be challenging. But you don’t have to immediately tackle a “fourteener” or a month long trek along the Pacific Crest Trail. No matter where you live, there are bound to be plenty of options for easy hiking trails that will get you into nature and don’t require special training or much more than a good pair of comfortable shoes.
Every dude ranch or trail riding company has horses that are perfect for beginners so don’t worry that they’re going to throw you onto Sea Biscuit and fire off the starting gun. This is a great way to see some beautiful scenery, bond with a gentle creature, and pretend you’re a cowgirl for a day.
If you’re a little nervous about “roughing it” don’t worry because there are lots of great campgrounds with amenities like showers and electricity. You would be hard pressed to find better outdoor adventures for beginners than stargazing, sleeping in nature and toasting marshmallows over a campfire. (And don’t forget, Bold Betties Outfitters has the gear you need for your first camping trip without the commitment of buying every item.)
Skip the Class VI rapids and look for whitewater rafting trips geared towards beginners. Class I rafting includes moving water with small waves, little to no obstructions, and minimal steering necessary. You’ll be in a raft with other people and a guide so this is the perfect activity for friends and family who want to enjoy beautiful scenery, have fun and don’t mind getting a little wet.
If flying down the ski slopes isn’t really your style then try snowshoeing. It’s affordable, low-risk, easy to learn, and great exercise. Snowshoeing may be an ancient practice, but it’s grown tremendously in popularity during recent years. And once you enjoy the beautiful backcountry trails, as well as the physical benefits, you’ll understand why.
If you live in the Denver area consider joining Bold Betties on Meetup and enjoying outdoor adventures with other like-minded local women.