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 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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