Outdoor Recreation in the Air

[caption id="attachment_26" align="alignright" width="259"] A glider soaring on rising air[/caption] 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...

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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. [caption id="attachment_21" align="alignright" width="284"] Hilary and Torgay together after scaling Mount Everest[/caption] 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...

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Outdoor Recreation and Water Sports

[caption id="attachment_16" align="alignright" width="271"] 2017 Optimist Junior World Championships Pattaya, Thailand[/caption] 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...

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Definitions and the History of Outdoor and Adventure Recreation

[caption id="attachment_11" align="alignright" width="167"] John Muir appreciating the wilderness[/caption] 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...

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