Outdoor activities – H Outdoor http://h-outdoor.com/ Thu, 22 Sep 2022 07:11:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://h-outdoor.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-27-120x120.png Outdoor activities – H Outdoor http://h-outdoor.com/ 32 32 Aesthetic vision and outdoor activities drive furniture selection on school’s new campus https://h-outdoor.com/aesthetic-vision-and-outdoor-activities-drive-furniture-selection-on-schools-new-campus/ Thu, 22 Sep 2022 07:11:27 +0000 https://h-outdoor.com/aesthetic-vision-and-outdoor-activities-drive-furniture-selection-on-schools-new-campus/ Outdoor furniture from Street Furniture Australia’s Linea and Mall ranges have been specified for the brand new campus of St Francis of Assisi College in Renmark, South Australia. Designed to accommodate students in grades 7 and 8, the new school completed this year will expand with the two years to encompass grades 7 to 12 […]]]>

Outdoor furniture from Street Furniture Australia’s Linea and Mall ranges have been specified for the brand new campus of St Francis of Assisi College in Renmark, South Australia.

Designed to accommodate students in grades 7 and 8, the new school completed this year will expand with the two years to encompass grades 7 to 12 in 2026.

Swanbury Penglase provided a holistic design for the campus as the project’s architects and landscape architects.

Landscape architect Lana Greer said the furniture selection was driven by both the aesthetic vision and the activities the college would like to support outdoors.

“We were delighted to be able to install a variety of furniture selections from Street Furniture Australia on the new campus, which are both durable and stylish.

“The furniture reflects the architectural style of the campus and facilitates a variety of outdoor learning opportunities through different arrangements and installation methods,” she explained.

The architects specified the Linea range with its sleek and strong stainless steel frames, and the versatile Mall range with durable, low-maintenance Wood Without Worry Bush Cherry aluminum slats and powder coated frames in Textura Monument.

Linea and Mall settings can be used for formal learning as well as student recreational activities. Mall DDA tables have end access for wheelchair users.

Fixed pedestal Linea seating rests on concrete walls, supporting sandstone forms to enhance the seating ability of the landscape.

Photos by David Russel

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Outdoor activities are now part of the school campus for children, giving the chance to learn new https://h-outdoor.com/outdoor-activities-are-now-part-of-the-school-campus-for-children-giving-the-chance-to-learn-new/ Sun, 18 Sep 2022 16:10:00 +0000 https://h-outdoor.com/outdoor-activities-are-now-part-of-the-school-campus-for-children-giving-the-chance-to-learn-new/ New Delhi. Attempts to copy the lifestyle of the metropolis and the increasing intervention of technology, today’s children’s world is also confined to apartments and mobiles in multi-storey buildings. At home, children spend most of their time on their cell phones and in front of the television, while at school their world is confined within […]]]>

New Delhi. Attempts to copy the lifestyle of the metropolis and the increasing intervention of technology, today’s children’s world is also confined to apartments and mobiles in multi-storey buildings. At home, children spend most of their time on their cell phones and in front of the television, while at school their world is confined within the walls of classrooms and campuses.

However, for the best development of children, in addition to studies, sports activities (sports activities) on the school campus.Sporting activities) are also performed. But in these changing times, their reach is becoming very small. In cities, even if children go out with their parents, they can only reach nearby parks, shopping malls and movie theaters.

Learn how important outdoor activities are for children

In such a situation, the role of schools becomes very important. It becomes their responsibility to give children more and more outdoor activities, so that their mental and physical development can happen more quickly. Faced with this need, today for the children adventure activity (Adventure Activities) have become very important and necessary.

In this framework, children are taken on excursions outside of school for outdoor activities and various activities are carried out for their overall development. Many times all arrangements are made by schools for adventure camps. But most of the schools hire expert service providers for this, who have a team of professionals to train and guide the children and also have a place with all the facilities and requirements.

Mala Gupta, Principal of Springdale School, Pusa Road, Delhi, says the children at her school have learned a lot from attending Rock Sport’s adventure camp. Outdoor activities and adventure sports develop children’s personality.

Usually, children in school and classroom are only aware of brain learning, but a lot of development is needed for their overall development.

Their need is met by adventure camps. All activities like trekking, running, rock climbing, commando climbing, tree climbing, shooting, archery and camping develop their physical and mental development and all these activities are done under sports Rock.

Such activities develop in them the ability to manage, protect themselves and make decisions. By spending time in the open space in the middle of nature, his distant vision develops, because at home and in the classroom, his eyes can only cover the distance to the mobile or the blackboard.

In adventure camps, children learn what to do to defend themselves in difficult times. Like defending yourself in the event of a fire, crossing a river without a bridge, climbing mountains, learning to shoot, doing group discussions and participating in other activities.

Such events increase children’s enthusiasm, and they also have a chance to understand and learn something new. Through these activities, he also learns that apart from studies, what kind of special talent the child has, which can be promoted for his overall development.

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Outdoor activity leader, 22, charged with causing the death of an ACS(I) student during a rope course in Safra Yishun https://h-outdoor.com/outdoor-activity-leader-22-charged-with-causing-the-death-of-an-acsi-student-during-a-rope-course-in-safra-yishun/ Thu, 15 Sep 2022 07:32:00 +0000 https://h-outdoor.com/outdoor-activity-leader-22-charged-with-causing-the-death-of-an-acsi-student-during-a-rope-course-in-safra-yishun/ SINGAPORE — A 22-year-old man was charged on Thursday (September 15) with causing the death of a 15-year-old student at a Safra Yishun clubhouse adventure sports center last year. Muhammad Nurul Hakim Mohamed Din was working as a dispatcher for the Canopy Sky Walk ropes course when the incident happened on February 3 last year, […]]]>

SINGAPORE — A 22-year-old man was charged on Thursday (September 15) with causing the death of a 15-year-old student at a Safra Yishun clubhouse adventure sports center last year.

Muhammad Nurul Hakim Mohamed Din was working as a dispatcher for the Canopy Sky Walk ropes course when the incident happened on February 3 last year, according to court documents.

Hakim faces a single charge of causing the death of Jethro Puah Xin Yang by a reckless act that does not constitute culpable homicide.

Jethro was studying at the time at the Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) or ACS(I). He was attending a school camp program, run by outdoor adventure learning company Camelot, in Safra Yishun at the time.

Court documents showed that before Hakim sent Jethro on a ropes course, he allegedly failed to ensure that both leg straps of the safety harness Jethro was wearing were properly buckled and adjusted.

Jethro was then suspended in the loose harness after falling from the rope course, and his leg straps completely unbuckled.

The 4th secondary student died of “multi-organ failure following compression (of) the neck and traumatic asphyxia”.

Paramedics from the Singapore Civil Defense Force responded to a call at around 1.50pm that day, performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation and using an automated external defibrillator on him.

He was taken to Khoo Teck Puat Hospital in Yishun where he died the next morning.

Following Jethro’s death, the Department of Education (MOE) announced the immediate suspension of outdoor activities involving high elements for all schools, pending the completion of investigations.

High-level activities involving students clearing an overhead obstacle course are usually organized as a form of outdoor education to instill confidence, toughness, and teamwork.

On Thursday, Hakim was offered bond of S$10,000. He will return to court on October 13.

If found guilty of causing death by a reckless act, he could be imprisoned for up to five years or fined, or punished with both.

Jethro’s parents told reporters at his wake that their only child was a loving son, an exemplary student and a caring friend.

He was class president and among the best in his class academically, even without tuition or pressure from his parents, they added.

In a statement following Thursday’s hearing, Mr. Delane Lim, honorary secretary of the Outdoor Learning and Adventure Education Association, said the community was deeply affected by the incident.

He added that since the beginning of this year, the association has been working closely with the Ministry of Education, Outward Bound Singapore and the outdoor education community to review and strengthen safety practices.

They will also collectively develop national outdoor adventure education (OAE) standards, Lim said.

“We continue to engage our industry and remind our OAE community of operators and practitioners of the need to be vigilant and ensure that the wellbeing and safety of our participants continues to be of paramount importance. and an overriding priority,” he added.

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Venus Williams strives to make outdoor activities inclusive https://h-outdoor.com/venus-williams-strives-to-make-outdoor-activities-inclusive/ Sat, 03 Sep 2022 13:42:13 +0000 https://h-outdoor.com/venus-williams-strives-to-make-outdoor-activities-inclusive/ Black America Web Featured Video CLOSE Owhether through his powerful presence on the tennis court or his efforts to create pathways for underrepresented youth in the sport, Venus Williams has been a strong advocate for promoting inclusivity. The seven-time Grand Slam champion has partnered with Clif Bar & Company and the nonprofit outdoor afro diversify […]]]>

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Owhether through his powerful presence on the tennis court or his efforts to create pathways for underrepresented youth in the sport, Venus Williams has been a strong advocate for promoting inclusivity. The seven-time Grand Slam champion has partnered with Clif Bar & Company and the nonprofit outdoor afro diversify outdoor activities, Advertising week reported.

Nature-based activities can serve as vehicles for healing. To research shows spending time outdoors can reduce symptoms of depression, anxiety and stress. Despite the transformative benefits, outdoor recreational activities are often inaccessible to BIPOC communities due to systemic racism and Williams is determined to change the narrative.

Through this initiative, Clif Bar & Company will support organizations such as Outdoor Afro, a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering the black community through outdoor education, recreation and conservation, and the National Park Service in conducting a range of outdoor activities for communities of color through September. . Williams, who was featured in one of the energy food and drink brand’s recent ads, says breaking down barriers is imperative.

“It was really fun to meet everyone from Outdoor Afro,” she said. share. “It was about the experience of being outside. It was about the experience of connection. It was about the experience of letting nature take its course, so to speak, in a healing way, in a joyful way. It was nice even for me to enjoy this moment and be so focused when I’m outside, in fact, enjoying it.

This isn’t the first time the tennis legend has teamed up with Clif Bar & Company. She is associates with the brand to support the Harlem Junior Tennis Education Program by helping to fund their initiatives that lie at the intersection of education and sport. “I am very motivated to support talented young people who need help to pursue opportunities in life,” Williams share while discussing the partnership. “I love what HJTEP represents in terms of creating pathways for young people using tennis as a catalyst.”

SEE ALSO:

Family first! Photos of Venus and Serena Williams through the years that are 100% #BlackGirlMagic

Her GOATness!: A photo album of 25-year-old Serena Williams at the US Open

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Owhether through his powerful presence on the tennis court or his efforts to create pathways for underrepresented youth in the sport, Venus Williams has been a strong advocate for promoting inclusivity. The seven-time Grand Slam champion has partnered with Clif Bar & Company and the nonprofit outdoor afro diversify outdoor activities, Advertising week reported.

Nature-based activities can serve as vehicles for healing. To research shows spending time outdoors can reduce symptoms of depression, anxiety and stress. Despite the transformative benefits, outdoor recreational activities are often inaccessible to BIPOC communities due to systemic racism and Williams is determined to change the narrative.

Through this initiative, Clif Bar & Company will support organizations such as Outdoor Afro, a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering the black community through outdoor education, recreation and conservation, and the National Park Service in conducting a range of outdoor activities for communities of color through September. . Williams, who was featured in one of the energy food and drink brand’s recent ads, says breaking down barriers is imperative.

“It was really fun to meet everyone from Outdoor Afro,” she said. share. “It was about the experience of being outside. It was about the experience of connection. It was about the experience of letting nature take its course, so to speak, in a healing way, in a joyful way. It was nice even for me to enjoy this moment and be so focused when I’m outside, in fact, enjoying it.

This isn’t the first time the tennis legend has teamed up with Clif Bar & Company. She is associates with the brand to support the Harlem Junior Tennis Education Program by helping to fund their initiatives that lie at the intersection of education and sport. “I am very motivated to support talented young people who need help to pursue opportunities in life,” Williams share while discussing the partnership. “I love what HJTEP represents in terms of creating pathways for young people using tennis as a catalyst.”

SEE ALSO:

Family first! Photos of Venus and Serena Williams through the years that are 100% #BlackGirlMagic

Her GOATness!: A photo album of 25-year-old Serena Williams at the US Open

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Celebrate Labor Day weekend with fun outdoor activities https://h-outdoor.com/celebrate-labor-day-weekend-with-fun-outdoor-activities/ Fri, 02 Sep 2022 19:27:39 +0000 https://h-outdoor.com/celebrate-labor-day-weekend-with-fun-outdoor-activities/ Soak up the last days of summer this Labor Day weekend Labor Day is upon us, and many see it as the unofficial end of summer. This is because the three-day holiday weekend marks the end of the summer season, when many fall activities like school and sports begin. Considered the last hurray of summer […]]]>

Soak up the last days of summer this Labor Day weekend

Labor Day is upon us, and many see it as the unofficial end of summer. This is because the three-day holiday weekend marks the end of the summer season, when many fall activities like school and sports begin.

Considered the last hurray of summer vacation, Labor Day weekend is a time for families to get out and have some last-minute fun. Make the most of this long weekend with some exciting activities below.

Take a road trip

Install the sprinkler in the garden

Young children love running through a sprinkler on a hot summer day. Channel your inner child and join them on a fun journey. Jumping through a sprinkler is a great way to stay cool and get your heart pumping while enjoying some quality family time. You’ll have a hard time keeping that happy smile on your face.

Organize outdoor games at the park

Summer is synonymous with outdoor games. Gather your friends and family and spend a day playing various outdoor games in a park. Create endless outdoor fun for everyone with games like lawn bowling, cornhole boards or rustic ring toss.

For younger children, take chalk and make a hopscotch grid or four squares on the sidewalk. Make it more fun by creating your own rules.

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Outdoor activities in Northern Ireland ‘remain high’ since pandemic | News from Newry https://h-outdoor.com/outdoor-activities-in-northern-ireland-remain-high-since-pandemic-news-from-newry/ Thu, 01 Sep 2022 12:10:32 +0000 https://h-outdoor.com/outdoor-activities-in-northern-ireland-remain-high-since-pandemic-news-from-newry/ The news comes as the charity’s People in the Outdoors Monitor for Northern Ireland (POMNI) report recently released shows that around 7 in 10 adults living in Northern Ireland now visit the outdoors for leisure at least once. times per week. This equates to 144 million annual visits per year. The results are consistent with […]]]>

The news comes as the charity’s People in the Outdoors Monitor for Northern Ireland (POMNI) report recently released shows that around 7 in 10 adults living in Northern Ireland now visit the outdoors for leisure at least once. times per week.

This equates to 144 million annual visits per year.

The results are consistent with increased traffic to the OutmoreNI.com website and demonstrate that the unprecedented increase in outdoor activities throughout the pandemic shows no signs of slowing down.


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A whopping 47% of respondents to Outdoor Recreation Northern Ireland’s 2020 Engaging with The Outdoors during Covid 19 Lockdown in Northern Ireland report said they spent more free time outdoors during lockdown than in 2019.

The POMNI survey, which surveyed members of the public between November 2020 and October 2021, also shows that 72% of respondents said their local green space is within easy walking distance, allowing for frequent outdoor enjoyment.

This percentage increases to 79% for urban areas and decreases to 57% for rural areas.

The outdoor activities cited as being most commonly done by respondents were short walks, walking their dog, spending time playing with children and running.

This is also reflected in OutmoreNI.com user searches for boardwalks, bike paths, parks and beaches.

Survey participants reported a wide range of benefits from outdoor recreation, with 78% reporting a sense of well-being, including feelings of calm, relaxation, refreshment and revitalization.

This is consistent with the findings of the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) Wellbeing in Northern Ireland report 2020/21, which shows that people living in rural areas, surrounded by green space , report significantly higher feelings of happiness and life satisfaction and lower feelings of anxiety than those living in urban areas.

Beverley Magowan, Marketing Manager at Outdoor Recreation Northern Ireland, said: “It’s great to see such enthusiasm among people exploring the outdoors and we hope this continues.


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“OutmoreNI.com can help people across NI locate the country’s best walks, trails, family activities and water sports.

“However, we want to remind people to explore the outdoors responsibly.

“We encourage anyone exploring the great outdoors of NI to stay on the good side of the outdoors.

“You can do this by planning ahead – checking the weather and bringing the right gear such as clothes, shoes, map, wetsuit, paddles, etc.

“You also need to make sure your dog is on a leash to avoid worrying livestock and disturbing wildlife and making sure you bring your dog’s feces and litter home.

“It is also essential to avoid lighting open fires in the countryside and to limit camping or lighting a barbecue to designated areas.

“Finally, we urge you to show consideration to locals by not blocking access and only parking your car in designated spaces,” she adds.

For a range of outdoor trails and places to explore across Northern Ireland, click here.



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10 outdoor activities and experiences perfect for one last summer adventure https://h-outdoor.com/10-outdoor-activities-and-experiences-perfect-for-one-last-summer-adventure/ Fri, 26 Aug 2022 15:32:15 +0000 https://h-outdoor.com/10-outdoor-activities-and-experiences-perfect-for-one-last-summer-adventure/ Not ready to say goodbye to summer? Make the most of the next few weeks with these unforgettable outdoor activities and adventure experiences. Summer may be coming to an end, but there’s still time for a few more adventures before the long evenings and sunnier days are behind us. With that in mind, we’ve put […]]]>

Not ready to say goodbye to summer? Make the most of the next few weeks with these unforgettable outdoor activities and adventure experiences.

Summer may be coming to an end, but there’s still time for a few more adventures before the long evenings and sunnier days are behind us.

With that in mind, we’ve put together the ultimate adventure bucket list, to help you see summer in style. From epic water sports to thrilling activities at height, it’s sure to help you plan some exciting experiences before summer ends.

Rockshore is all about making the most of summer and has organized many All Out Summer Adventures to help you do just that.

Taking place in Mayo and Dublin, Rockshore’s All Out Summer coastal trips are packed with exciting outdoor activities. Each trip features paddleboarding, kitesurfing and plenty of exciting adventures during the day, followed by live entertainment and a few refreshing pints of Rockshore in the evening.

With that in mind, here are some exciting outdoor activities and experiences to try before summer ends…

Abseiling

For thrill seekers looking to test their bravery, a thrilling abseiling experience is sure to be the perfect day out. Single ascentbased in Donegal, will allow you to abseil from any cliff or building (subject to owner permission, of course) of your choosing, making this the perfect opportunity to descend from any local landmark in the area.

kite surfing

Have you ever wanted to try your hand at kitesurfing? Now is your chance! Rockshore and Big Style are running a Coastal Adventure Trip to Mayo this summer which features an itinerary packed with amazing watersports including kitesurfing along the Achill Coast. More about this HERE.

Escalation

If you’re looking for an active day coupled with stunning panoramic views, a day spent rock climbing along an Irish coastline will certainly do the trick. Covering everyone from beginners to experienced climbers, Go beyond the adventure offer exciting climbing sessions at Dalkey Quarry.

Surfing

Looking to try your hand at some exciting water sports before summer ends? Ireland has no shortage of beaches with incredible waves to surf on but, if you are a beginner, Tramore Surf School in Waterford offers courses for beginners who want to try their hand at the sport.

scuba diving

If you want to delve a little deeper into your local coastline, scuba diving is sure to take your next beach trip to a new level. If you’re looking to explore Dublin’s coastline up close, Ocean divers regularly offer boat dives in and around Dublin Bay.

Zipped lining

If you want to take in scenic landscapes from a new perspective this summer, a treetop zipline adventure might be the perfect option for you. Zipit.ie offer zipline experiences in Dublin, Cork and Roscommon, ideal for those looking for thrilling experiences at height before the summer ends.

Mountain bike

Mountain biking is the perfect way to explore Ireland’s incredible landscapes while enjoying an active and challenging day. There are plenty of mountain bike trails around Ireland so you are spoiled for choice, but Bike.ie offer a tour of the Ticknock Cycle Path which can be tailored to your skill level.

paddle board

If you’re looking for a slower activity that lets you explore the coastline from a new perspective, paddleboarding is the perfect day out for you and your friends. Rockshore has partnered with Big Style to organize the ultimate paddle boarding adventure in Dún Laoghaire, and you can read more about it HERE.

Wakeboarding

For all the watersports fans looking to try something different, wakeboarding might be your new favorite summer sport. WakenSki in Meath offer wakeboarding and waterskiing experiences for everyone from beginners to the more experienced.

coasteering

If you want an active day that combines land, water and aerial activities, coasteering is the ultimate summer adventure. True Connemara Adventure combines swimming, climbing and cliff jumping, all in one epic adventure along the Atlantic coast.

Learn more about Rockshore’s All Out Summer Adventures HERE.

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Five Outdoor Activities To Do Around Spokane Over Labor Day Weekend | Sports https://h-outdoor.com/five-outdoor-activities-to-do-around-spokane-over-labor-day-weekend-sports/ Thu, 25 Aug 2022 19:00:00 +0000 https://h-outdoor.com/five-outdoor-activities-to-do-around-spokane-over-labor-day-weekend-sports/ With back-to-school and Labor Day approaching, some students have already started wondering how they’ll keep busy over the long weekend that runs from September 3-5. Gonzaga University’s location in Spokane offers students a collection of outdoor activities to explore. A popular spot is the trails that lead from the GU campus to downtown Spokane, known […]]]>

With back-to-school and Labor Day approaching, some students have already started wondering how they’ll keep busy over the long weekend that runs from September 3-5.

Gonzaga University’s location in Spokane offers students a collection of outdoor activities to explore.

A popular spot is the trails that lead from the GU campus to downtown Spokane, known as the Spokane River Walk trail. This trail is about two miles long and takes an average of 37 minutes. It is also suitable for dogs, wheelchairs and pushchairs, with a good mix of shade and sun.

“I like going on nearby trails, especially ones with waterfalls or a river nearby,” said sophomore Maricia Hernandez, who enjoys hiking, camping, fishing, and hiking. yachting.

Hernandez described the River Walk Trail as a great way to spend time with friends and family and create fun and exciting memories.

According to the “AllTrails” website, a popular trail that many hike or bike is Doomsday Hill to Mission Park. It offers different views of the river and is about a 16 km hike that takes about 3 hours and 20 minutes. This is also a dog friendly trail as long as they are on a leash.

Another well-known place that many students visit, especially during the summer, is the Riverside State Park Bowl & Pitcher. This park is a 2.1 mile hike with many different views of nature and the surrounding city. You can start by crossing the swing bridge at the Bowl and Pitcher. Crossing the bridge, you can see a large basalt structure emerging from the river.

“I really like going to Bowl & Pitcher State Park and going swimming with all my friends,” sophomore Connor Robitaille said. “Although the water is very cold, so be prepared.”

For students who have access to transportation or their own vehicles, Hernandez recommends exploring areas outside of Spokane.

“Enjoy the nature around you,” Hernandez said.

Many students have visited Lake Coeur d’Alene, located in Idaho. It is the second largest lake in northern Idaho. Over 26 miles long, the lake has over 135 miles of shoreline which is dotted with parks, campgrounds, beaches, hiking trails and recreational facilities. The Coeur d’Alene River and the St. Joe River are the two main rivers that feed into the lake, and the Spokane River is formed by the outlet of the lake.

They also have the fun “Coeur d’Alene Scavenger Hunt: Lovin’ the Lake Life!” Visitors can walk to all the best landmarks and hidden gems, answer trivia questions, and complete challenges. They are offered daily for $12 per person and each participant chooses an interactive role, with varying difficulty.

The Downtown Spokane Pavilion hosts many different outdoor events for students and community members. The pavilion is an outdoor venue with multi-level landscaping, a 40-foot-tall deck with panoramic views of the Spokane skyline and the Spokane River, and LED lights that transform the area into a kaleidoscope of hues and patterns at night. It is also used for a range of events including a concert series, cultural activities, center court Hoopfest, GU basketball nights and more.

Sofia Sanchez is editor. Follow her on Twitter: @ItsSofia2021.

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Outdoor activities became all the rage during the pandemic. Here are some that won’t break the bank https://h-outdoor.com/outdoor-activities-became-all-the-rage-during-the-pandemic-here-are-some-that-wont-break-the-bank/ Fri, 12 Aug 2022 19:51:22 +0000 https://h-outdoor.com/outdoor-activities-became-all-the-rage-during-the-pandemic-here-are-some-that-wont-break-the-bank/ Louise Cabana standup paddleboards at sunrise at Shirleys Bay on the Ottawa River on Aug. 10Ashley Fraser/The Globe and Mail Outdoors activities were among the many things that got more expensive and difficult to enjoy when the pandemic hit. In 2020 and 2021, campsites were booked up and spots were reselling at outrageous rates. Bike […]]]>

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Outdoors activities were among the many things that got more expensive and difficult to enjoy when the pandemic hit.

In 2020 and 2021, campsites were booked up and spots were reselling at outrageous rates. Bike shops were looking at year-long delivery timelines. Popular beginner hikes, such as those in Banff and Vancouver, became clogged with people. And the lineups at ski resorts near major cities made you just want to give up.

Now Canadians have major inflation and the looming possibility of a recession to think about before they decide whether they want to invest in a new outdoor hobby.

With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of a few relatively low- and medium-cost outdoor activities to pursue, whether you prefer exerting yourself or relaxing when in nature.

Whatever the activity, people who take part all say that having an outdoor hobby is a way for them to unplug, be mindful about nature, and improve their overall mental health.

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Disc-Golf

Some casual disc golfers – also known as Frisbee golfers, or even frolfers – describe the sport as going for a walk, but with purpose.

The premise is simple: Instead of using golf clubs to hit a ball toward a hole, players flick a disc toward a basket. The scoring is the same as in golf, too; there’s a par set for each hole, and the lowest score at the end of a game wins.

Gagan Singh, a spokesman for Van City United Disc Golf Club, says disc golf is addictive because it’s an easy sport to pick up and play, but one that takes a lifetime to master.

A major difference between disc golf and regular golf is the cost. According to an estimate by another Vancouver-area club, North Shore Disc Golf, 90 per cent of disc courses worldwide are free to play.

In terms of gear, a starter disc wouldn’t cost much more than $20, and if you get into the sport, most people can get away with just three discs: a putter, a mid-range and a driver. (The shape of the discs dictates how far they fly, or the curve path they take.) Mr. Singh even says you can use a regular Frisbee if you’re trying out the sport for the first time.

Disc golf has exploded in popularity in recent years, with interest soaring particularly since the pandemic began. Statistics from North Shore Disc Golf show the number of courses worldwide has grown to more than 13,000 in 2021, from roughly 4,000 around 2010.

With the cost of living continuing to grow, Mr. Singh thinks that will only add to the interest in disc golf.

“If you have a family of four or five, that really helps, especially with the way the economy is going right now,” he said.

Trail runner Adrian Lambert traverses the Dolomite Mountains in Italy.Matthew Setback/Handout

trail-running

One of Adrian Lambert’s favorite things about trail running is the sense of freedom. With just a pair of relatively inexpensive shoes you can turn a grassy hill, the side of the mountain or your town’s local trail into a place to escape to for exercise.

“There’s a massive freedom that you don’t have in other sports because you can really define your own adventure,” Mr. Lambert said. “I’ve even done some trail-running in parts of northern BC, and when you find you’re above tree line, you just run wherever you want.”

It’s also one of the cheapest high-intensity sports to get into. A pair of trail runners can range from $100 to $200. If you already have workout clothes, they’ll do the trick. And a free app can easily track your progress.

Mr. Lambert’s main piece of advice for people considering the sport is to take things slow. You don’t need to run particularly fast or for long periods; it takes a slow grind to eventually be able to run consistently.

Where you live generally won’t be a limiting factor, either – whether it’s a small town or city centre, Mr. Lambert says trail networks are generally there if you look for them.

And if it turns out that running isn’t your thing, trail runners make for good hiking shoes, too.

Kelsey Magill gets ready to head out on her standup paddleboard on the Ottawa River shortly after sunrise on Aug. 11.Ashley Fraser/The Globe and Mail

SUP boarding

A benefit of living in Canada is the amount of water we have access to. And if your budget can stretch to around $750, stand-up paddleboarding, or SUP, can be a great way to get out on the water.

Michelle McShane, executive director of Paddle Canada, says the sport has been steadily growing in popularity, and the advent of inflatable boards has opened the door for people who live in apartments and don’t have much storage space, or people who own a car but don’t want to bother with expensive racks.

An entry-level inflatable SUP board package can cost around $750, and will sometimes include a life jacket, carry bag and paddle, Ms. McShane says. The whole bundle will fit into a backpack small enough to store in a closet, take along on transit, or pop into a compact car.

“It was a whole totally different way of experiencing the water,” said Ms. McShane, who said she can still remember the first time she tried a SUP board.

“When you’re sitting in a kayak or canoe you really only get to see the surface of the water … but the perspective when you’re standing on a board and looking down, you can see the fish and the bottom, so that’s really cool.”

Ms. McShane also points out that SUP boarding can be as relaxing or as vigorous an activity as you want. For those looking for a workout, it engages your whole body for balance and for paddle strokes. And for families, a SUP board can easily double as a beach toy for the kids.

Ms. McShane says that anyone looking to get involved in SUP boarding should also consider taking a course, which can cost around $100 to $200. It will not only teach you technique, but also safety rules.

Kelly-Sue O’Connor heads out birdwatching in Erieau, Ont.Handout

Birdwatching

Kelly-Sue O’Connor was in her 20s and living in downtown Toronto when she first started birdwatching, so she wasn’t exactly part of the demographic that comes to mind when one thinks of the hobby.

She got into it years ago after spotting a bright-coloured pet bird in the city’s core, which got her interested in the avian world that lives above us. That’s what the birdwatching community calls a “spark bird” – one that piques your interest in the pastime.

Birdwatching has had something of a boom during the pandemic, leading more people, young and old, to parks in search of birds as a reason to be outside.

And as she points out, there’s another reason for its recent popularity. Birdwatching is relatively cheap, and fairly simple to get into.

It can cost nothing to get into the activity if you join a local birdwatching club, whose members can pass on knowledge and lend you a pair of binoculars. Most apps to help you identify a bird by its song or appearance are free, although their accuracy can be mixed.

Ms. O’Connor says the basics to start are a pair of comfy shoes, and perhaps a birdwatching guidebook from a thrift store.

Eventually, if you’re invested in the hobby, you can pick up a pair of decent-quality binoculars for around $200. And by then, it becomes a great reason to go on hikes, walks in the park, or even vacations to other countries.

For Ms. O’Connor, it’s her escape from day-to-day life, and it’s had a positive impact on her mental health.

“It’s very much about being mindful and being present and it really helps my mental health,” said Ms. O’Connor, who has been diagnosed with ADHD post-traumatic stress disorder.

“We all know it can be hard to access mental health care, so while I was waiting or figuring out if I had issues to work on or needed to be treated, I was treating myself by being in nature.”


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