Packing up your camping gear, loading up the car and hitting the road, bound for adventure, is a feeling like no other. Spending time in the great outdoors is good for the mind, body and for the soul. Being out in nature with your best mates, breathing in the fresh air, and taking in the beautiful scenery is a great way to unwind and destress after a busy week.
After you have parked your car, you will need to make your way to your chosen campsite for the first night of your adventure. While hiking is a popular way to navigate the wilderness, there is a multitude of other exciting ways that you can explore the outdoors. Mix things up a bit, try something new and make sure that your next camping adventure is one to remember.
Let’s take a look at some fun alternatives to hiking for your next camping trip.
Taking to the water in your kayak is a fantastic way to gain a unique perspective of your surroundings. Experiencing your chosen destination from the water will allow you to see the area in a new light. Following rivers, you can cover a lot of ground in a kayak and explore some new destinations that you might not be able to reach on foot. Whether you choose to hire locally or invest in kayaks for you and your camping companions, kayaking is a great way to add a new dimension, not your camping experience.
Depending on your chosen camping spot, you may be better off on a road bike or a mountain bike. If you are camping along the coast along a well-maintained cycle path, for example, a road bike will probably be the best solution. On the other hand, if you are venturing into the bush, a mountain bike will be better suited. Whichever option you choose, exploring your destination on two wheels allows you the opportunity to travel slowly, take in your surroundings at your own pace and cover plenty of ground in the process.
Trail running is growing in popularity and while it might not be accessible to everyone, if you are fit enough, it can be a fun way to explore the same trails you would usually hike. Set up camp, tie up your laces and hit the trails with your friends. After a day of running through the hills, you can be sure that you and your camping companions will sleep soundly when you return. Be sure to stay hydrated and set a route that is achievable depending on your fitness levels to ensure you get the most out of your trail running experience.
Do you want to take your camping adventure to new heights? If so, why not choose a destination with some fun walls where you can spend some time developing your climbing skills. If you are already an experienced climber, you can bring your own ropes, harness and shoes and find some truly unique campsites for you and your team. On the other hand, if you are new to climbing, why not take some lessons to understand the basics before you set off on your adventure so you are ready for adventure as soon as you reach your destination.
Add Some Extra Adventure To Your Next Camping Trip
Setting up camp with your mates and exploring the local area under your own steam is the very essence of adventure. However, before you set out on your next camping trip, why not try something new to add an extra dimension to your trip. Whether you take to the water, explore on two wheels, run some trails or get vertical, there are plenty of ways that you can spice up your next camping trip with a little extra adventure to make your trip truly memorable.