Technological Developments in Outdoor Recreation

Outdoor recreation is commonly seen as a form of escapism from the modern world. The opportunity to disappear into the wilderness is one of the major attractions that draws large numbers of people into participating in these types of activities. To escape from modern day technology is a major attraction of the activity. It is therefore interesting that technological developments have made outdoor recreation even more appealing and accessible to people. People find that they can access certain areas with far greater ease and when they participate in certain activities they can do so in a far safer environment. Just the basic improvement in transport networks has made certain area easier to access. The building of roads in certain areas of the world has meant that people can travel further into a certain area. [caption id="attachment_63" align="alignleft" width="275"] Ski lifts...

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Outdoor Recreation in Education and the Duke of Edinburgh Scheme

Outdoor recreation plays a huge role in education with many schools having it placed high up on their list of priorities. The benefits of children partaking in outdoor recreation were pioneered by the German educationalist Kurt Hahn in the 1930s. In 1934 he founded Gordonstoun School in Scotland. His educational philosophy was based around the theory that education of the mind and the body should be conducted together and not separately. The school promoted the importance of physical fitness and the use of expeditions Some of Hahn’s beliefs were extreme such as daily cold showers and “punishment runs”, and would later be taken off the school’s curriculum. However, some of his beliefs inspired other schools and led to the introduction of the Duke of Edinburgh Scheme in 1956. He greatly believed that children benefited from being taken out of their...

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Outdoor Recreation and the Business Industry

There has been a continuing relationship between business and outdoor pursuits. Many of the skills that are learnt whilst surviving in the wilderness can be transferred into the work place to make it a more efficient working environment. Many companies will send their employees on team building exercises in order to enhance social relations and define roles within teams. Just taking the employees out of their natural work place and into the natural environment can be in itself a major first step. The difficult task in all of these initiatives is to get the participators to fully accept the aims of the day. An initial reaction from the group can be one of suspicion, and this type of negative attitude is one that may stop the participators from gaining anything worthwhile from the experience. Specialist companies have now been created...

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Outdoor Pursuits and Exploring the Land

Some types of outdoor pursuits do not need an adrenalin rush to be enjoyed. Just the simple pleasure of finding peace in nature, relaxing and enjoying life can be achieved by just visiting the great outdoors. The most basic types of pursuit are those involved with tourism. Visiting a new place, whether it be in urban areas or rural areas involves wondering around a given location exploring places of cultural and historical interest. The major cities of the world attract millions of visitors each year who explore the sites of significant interest. Certain cites will attract people for different reasons and some of these will involve people walking around the area looking at the sights on offer. London is a good example of a city that people are able to take advantage. Within a relatively short area people can comfortably...

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Outdoor Recreation in the Air

Many people who love to partake in outdoor activities do so for the adrenalin rush. There is no greater way to achieve this than to partake in the activities associated with being in the air. Ballooning can be the gentlest of past times. Participants are merely held in the air in a basket supported by a balloon overhead. Hot air is generated from a burner beneath the balloon which produces hot air rising into the balloon. This hot air keeps the balloon above ground and then when in the air the winds will dictate the direction of the journey. The balloon is raised by producing hot air and then taking away the hot air will result in the craft making its way to the ground. The skill of the pilot will be to find the different directions and speeds of...

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Outdoor Recreation and Mountain Sports

Mountain sports and activities can give the participators a real sense of wonderment as just being a part of such spectacular scenery can. At the same time the feeling is made more special that the area can be at least described as a little dangerous, so there is a certain thrill on visiting mountain areas. Despite the obvious dangers of the steep topography, unstable underneath foot conditions and the variable climate, the mountain areas provide numerous activities that visitors can participate in. The most obvious sport is mountaineering. As well as rock climbing, the mountaineer also has to trek. There is a long history of mountaineering as People have attempted to conquer the world’s highest peaks. This has produce mountaineers who have become household names as various mountains have become scaled for the first time. There are 14 independent mountains...

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Outdoor Recreation and Water Sports

There are a vast number of water sports that can be participated in when participating in recreational activities. These can be divided between coastal water sports and river water sports. Although water sports take place in one of the most natural of environments the cost of the activities can be quite high as the equipment needed is quite expensive. The cheapest option is to basically swim. Swimming can either be recreational or as a competitive sport. To compete competitively swimmers generally train swimming pools. Swimming in the sea or in rivers is generally of a recreational nature. The benefits of a swimming are huge. As well as being able to appreciate great waterways and seas swimming has huge health benefits. As well as improving aerobic levels of fitness, it is one of the few exercises that trains all of the...

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Definitions and the History of Outdoor and Adventure Recreation

Outdoor recreation refers to leisure pursuits in the great outdoors away from the confines and comforts of the urban setting. The activities can take place in mountains, on the coast, on rivers, in the air or simply in the countryside. Outdoor recreation has grown in popularity since the start of the 1960s so is a relatively recent pursuit. This is strange as man as always had a strong relationship with the wilderness. For centuries humans have set off into unknown parts of the world conquering new lands and territories. Yet these forays and pioneering adventures were seen as discovering and claiming new territories. This was not viewed as recreation, as the journeys were often hazardous. In fact, in the eyes of the early pioneers the wilderness was seen as the enemy and it needed conquering. As soon as this attitude...

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