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STAFF PICKS: Indoor Activities for Outdoorsy People

STAFF PICKS: Indoor Activities for Outdoorsy People

We may have hit the pause on our outdoor exploits but,
according to our global team of adventurers, there’s
still plenty to do/not do.

For all you people coming off a week-long Netflix binge, here are some outdoorsy things to try at home or in your own backyard.

…And a couple of things that have nothing to do with the outdoors—because we’ve got no time for rules when it comes to blogs right now. No time for pants either.

RELAX

  • At home making soothing nature sounds to comfort yourself? Don’t do that—try Naturespace instead.
  • Meditate with the free Smiling Mind app.
  • Do nothing. At. All. It’s ok.

One of the things I’m doing right now is guilt-free lounging. I’m a person that always has something to do or a project. Some of us deal with stress by adding more projects to the list. I think it’s important to remember you can also just be. Binge watch a show, sleep in, be lazy.

Giving yourself the permission to have off-days or hard days—or days where you do nothing—is just as healthy as taking on a project. The world is telling us to slow down for once and we should listen.’

Colette McInerney, Sea to Summit global ambassador

GEAR MAINTENANCE AND ORGANIZATION

‘I’m going to spend my spare time in my gear garage, happily cleaning and reorganizing it top to bottom—all the while dreaming of future adventures.’

—Ryan

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‘I’m using this time to organize and clean all my outdoor gear. For my climbing gear—I washed my rope, re-organized my rack and color-taped every piece of gear (so I know what is mine on trips with friends). With camping gear—I’ve washed all of my technical jackets; raincoats, synthetic jackets, down jackets, base layers etc. and have re-waterproofed where necessary.
I have also re-conditioned my leather boots and proofed my GORE-TEX shoes.’

—Steve

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‘Once you clean out your backpacks, add a sunscreen (in a stick-type dispenser) to the lid pocket or inside pocket of each of your packs. You need never again find yourself on a hike where someone in the group is suffering from self-induced sunburn. While you’re in there, throw in a lip balm.’

—Barry

OUTDOOR AND SURVIVAL SKILLS

‘Learn some International Sign language. It’s a great way to communicate in the outdoors whilst still enjoying the silence.’

—Bill

EXERCISE



READ + WATCH  + LISTEN

CREATE + LEARN

‘Pick up that guitar, harmonica or ukulele you have somewhere in your house and learn to play at least one tune on it. Even an inexpert rendition of ‘COVID-19’ to the tune of ‘Come on Eileen’ will be a crowd-pleaser when we’re allowed to have crowds again.’

—Barry

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‘Perfect the art of flat-lay photography with all your gear (you’ll want to savor the moment you organize and clean it all, right?). This is also a good way to have a visual record of all the stuff that you have.’

—Ben

JUST FOR CLIMBERS

  • Order a hangboard to practice those holds.
  • Clean and store your climbing gear.
  • Keep up that forearm training.

‘Set up your rock rings or hangboard for some at-home climbing training—and get prison-yard shredded!’

—Seth

BIKE LOVERS

    IN THE BACKYARD

    • Get a smokeless fire pit and spend your evenings fireside.
    • Learn the slacker’s art of slacklining.
    • Hang a hammock to momentarily transport yourself to a tropical island.
    • Pack a lunch and blanket and head outside to enjoy some sunshine.

    ‘Have a camp-in movie night—grab a projector and pair it with your Bluetooth speaker for a movie night in the backyard.’

    —Jordan

    ‘I’m experimenting with planting. If you’re new to it, like me, it’s a great chance to learn more about the plants you have. If you’re looking for a challenge, you could try to grow something from seed or from cuttings. If you’re in the northern hemisphere, now is a great time for it!’ 

    Hazel Findlay, Sea to Summit ambassador

    ON THE BALCONY

    THROUGH THE WINDOW

    ‘If you happen to be friends with your neighbors, or want to be, now is a great time to try Window Charades after dark. Turn the lights on and play from afar (with two different hats to pull from). Zero contact, but hopefully 100% fun—I’m going to try it this week!’

    —Ada

    PLAN

    • Map out your next local road trip or adventure to help small businesses and national parks—and to have something to look forward to.
    • Download handy apps like AllTrails and FATMAP to help you plan your next hike or camping trip.
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