Outdoor Recreation and the Beach

The beach fascinates people whenever summertime threatens in various countries. Many people who will go to the beach never have any intention of visiting the water with a good number not being able to swim. There is something about the border between sea and mainland that has captured man’s imagination for a number of years. Some people lie on the beach in order to sun bathe. The popularity of this past time has declined over the years with the greater awareness of the harmful sun’s rays and the risk of skin cancer. [caption id="attachment_104" align="alignright" width="300"] A sandcastle at the US Open[/caption] The beach is the home of simple family activities such as those associated with a bucket and spade. For centuries young families have spent hours on the beach digging ditches and creating sand castles, but this pastime has...

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Outdoor Recreation Within Urban Areas

It may appear that it would be contradictory to have outdoor activities within urban areas however the modern city has created many areas of open space for these types of activities to take place. There are many cities that have a reputation of being green cities. Vancouver city in Canada is enclosed between the mountains and the sea. There are 200 parks and 18 miles of coastline for the citizens of the city to enjoy. [caption id="attachment_99" align="alignright" width="275"] Cyclists on the Stanley Park Seawall route[/caption] There are 249 miles of bike routes through the city. The Stanley Park seawall which separates Stanley Park from the Ocean offers cyclists a 12-mile ride along the coastline and into the Pacific Spirit Park. Stanley Park covers 400 hectares and was voted the best park in the world in 2014 by TripAdvisor. Due...

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Outdoor Recreation and Damage to the Environment

The biggest disadvantage of outdoor recreation is that it damages the land. People who go to visit the wilderness for its beauty, then play a role in the deterioration of it. Most of the landscapes that are visited are fragile ecosystems so will take years to recover from any damage. The most obvious form of damage is the litter that is left behind. National parks and most protected areas provide accommodation for visitors to stay in overnight in the form of campsites. This results in huge numbers of people being attracted into the park to take part in outdoor recreation in the summer months. [caption id="attachment_92" align="alignright" width="230"] Great Smoky Mountains National Park[/caption] The Great Smoky Mountains National Park in the United States attracts 11 million visitors every year. The sheer numbers involved means that there is going to be...

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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="alignright" 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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Skiing and snowboarding around the world

Skiing and snowboarding around the world

Skiing and snowboarding are both popular winter Olympic sports but they are also a popular form of recreation. The vast majority of people who are targeted to commit to a holiday in the snow are never going to get beyond the red slopes let alone attend an Olympic games, yet take time each year to plan their annual visit to the mountains. Austrian ski team in training In fact in terms of the economic benefit to a mountain resort the average tourist will bring in far more revenue to a community than international skiers. The amount of money tourists will spend away from the slopes will be vast, including expensive restaurant bills and shopping trips. The top class skiers will use the slopes intensively but at the end of the day they will be refueling on a diet expected from...

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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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