Being stuck inside has made us realise just how much we take for granted — nature included. So, we’re bringing you virtual wanderlust, climbing challenges, camping in the living room, and yes, ways to safely enjoy the outside. Get creative, and think of this as a choose-your-own-adventure guide.
Staying at home has been extra difficult for us outdoorsy types. So, we couldn’t have stumbled on The Dirtbag Diaries podcast at a better time. Tune in for inspiring stories and real-life accounts about adventuring. And keep an eye out for their virtual happy hours on Fridays!
VR but make it adventurous. Start at Tower Bridge and work your way through London’s historic sites, landmarks, and Royal Parks with these Google Earth views. And when was the last time you went deep-sea diving or swam with sea lions?
For a reminder of how amazing the Earth and wildlife is, check out Our Planet, an impressive nature documentary on Netflix that’ll blow your mind.
We can run and exercise outdoors if we’re smart about it, so consider this guidance before heading out.
If you don’t want to risk it, all of this can be done at home, too. A man in France ran an entire marathon on his balcony, and ultrarunners from around the world competed in a Quarantine Backyard Ultra.
Suunto has an entire series of extreme athletes sharing their workout tips from home, including snowboarder Antti Autti hiking up “a mountain” and trail runner Kilian Jornet making obstacle courses.
Hiking isn’t off the table — you can still hit the trail as long as you follow the rules.
You can also get geared up for that post-quarantine, off-the-map escape with Blacks’ Armchair Adventures content.
Or, learn backpacking basics and acquire some serious trail wisdom from husband-and-wife team Heather and Josh Legler.
Even if biking is life, the quarantine probably has you pedalling less than you’d prefer. To help you keep your head up, Cannondale Bicycles has crafted ’90s-vibe biking programming on Insta called Channel71; our favorite show so far has been Archives Unlocked.
And this is how pro mountain bikers across the globe are spending their time away from the trail.
Interested in a podcast by bikers for bikers? Stream “Better With Bikes” for the biking world’s best storytelling, plus this Trek Bikes mountain biking documentary which is 1.) totally free to watch, and 2.) keeping us motivated (and on the edge of our seats).
If it’s not too crowded and you take the proper precautions, you can still take a cruise through Richmond Park — and participate in this Ride 100 Virtual Challenge. If you need to be in the saddle but want to stay at home, PSYCLE has on-demand classes and SoulCycle has launched audio cycling workouts — any stationary bike will do.
We’re super bummed we can’t go camping at Joshua Tree or Malibu Creek State Park. But you can still keep the spirit alive at home.
Hang up your ENO hammock in the living room (we suggest strategic placement in front of the TV). Then, pop some popcorn and binge-watch these awesome movies about camping. Reese Witherspoon is incredible in Wild.
Or, pitch a tent in the backyard. After that, all that’s left to do is kick back and start prepping for your next adventure with these books filled with tips, tricks, and essential camping knowledge. Who says you can’t campfire cook at home? Grab some foil and whip up some delicious camping-style cuisine. Hello, mango habanero glazed skewers.
Everyone’s stir-crazy, and climbers gonna climb. With some imagination, you can ascend your bookcase and your kitchen can become your boulders. Though, it’s these ill-advised balcony and rappelling setups that led to Climbing Magazine’s “Search and Rescue” April Fools’ joke.
In need of some training tips, news, or solid rock climbing film recs? The Climbing Hangar has you covered. And if you want a safe challenge for the dining room, you have to attempt the #homeclimbchallenge.
Meredith O'Connor, Em Bennett, and Ryan Deer contributed to writing this list.
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